The Constantia Gift Fair has always been the darling of the event calendar leading up to Christmas. We have been involved with The Gift Fair for 9 out of their 10 years, and it’s been one of the events that have grown in size and attendance year on year. This year is no exception, even with the lockdown and the move to The Baxter Theatre, the Gift Fair was buzzing with eager shoppers and thankful vendors.
The owner and curator, Carryn Wiltshire, is a woman extraordinaire. Not only in her ability to curate the most perfect local artisan products, but also in the hands-on approach to every aspect on her event. All that is even more elevated with Carryn’s light, gentle and beautiful nature towards everyone she meets. To say that we love being part of The Constantia Gift Fair is an understatement!
With the unknown of COVID-19, Carryn also started working on creating an online platform for all her vendors during lockdown, as no one had any idea if events like these would take place. This platform provided some relief to all her exhibitors with increased sale and some much needed retail therapy for all the shoppers out there.....check out the incredible products on this new local artisinal marketplace – theburbs.online
A little background on the event…. The Constantia Gift Fair started in 2010 at SARDA -South African Riding for the Disables Assoc. and all the entry fees charged for the Gift Fair go the SARDA as a donation.
When we started working with Carryn In 2011, we built a 300sqm marquee for the Retail space and another 225sqm for the Food & Wine vendors. By comparison – last year the Retail space was a whopping 2,400sqm!
Due to SARDA’s ongoing Land Claim Court case, The Constantia Gift Fair had to find a new home from this year, and they did so at The Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch. To many, many more fantastic years of the Constantia Gift Fair at the Baxter!
Check out some pics of previous years as well as this year at The Baxter: