St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce hosts Craft, Food & Wine Festival in Potsdam Nov. 2, 3
Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 8:47 am

POTSDAM -- The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce will take over much of Clarkson’s Cheel Arena this weekend as the annual Craft, Food, and Wine Show returns just in time for the holiday season.

More than 100 vendors, many of whom are from the North Country area, will be showcasing their wares at the show, which runs Friday, Nov. 2 from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The vendors hail from all over New York, with some from as far afield as Vermont.

The show is one of the largest in the North Country and includes handmade items of all types from quilts, clothing and fabric art to jewelry and furniture. Glass artwork, baskets, wooden crafts, and photographic, painted, a cartoon caricatures, and other artistic works will also be featured.

Wineries from the North Country will also be featured, as well as food vendors offering sauces, nuts, jams, jellies, cheesecake, baked goods, and other culinary confections.

Jo Ann Roberts, Events and Promotions Manager and Membership Coordinator for the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, said that people have noted that the show is earlier than usual. “But it really isn’t,” she said.

Originally the show was hosted by Clarkson as the Autumn Craft Fair in October, then when the Chamber took over it was moved to November. While it was in December the last two years, that was only to accommodate Clarkson’s hockey schedule, Roberts explained.

The vendor booths have been “sold out for a few months,” said Roberts. She reports that at least five wineries will be featured, up from “three or four in the past,” and more were interested but couldn’t be accommodated due to lack of space.

Vendors were calling from across the state and out of state, Roberts said. When sorting through the vendor requests the Chamber tries to select vendors with more unique items to ensure a variety of choices, she explained.

Last year the show attracted 5,000 visitors, with vendors reporting “record sales from any show they have ever done,” Roberts said.

Admission to the show will be $2.

For more information contact 386-4000 or visit www.northcountryguide.com/Visiting/Events/St-Lawrence-Events for a full list of participating vendors.