From the modern to the rustic, chic to traditional, the Island’s artisans will bring over 30 unique brands to the two day event.
From the modern to the rustic, chic to traditional, the Island’s artisans will bring over 30 unique brands to the two day event.

Forget those high-priced BC Ferries tickets, the Salt Spring Island experience is coming to Vancouver.

Nestled in the Strait of Georgia between the mainland and Vancouver Island, Salt Spring Island is renowned as an enclave for artisans, with the Island residents made-up of a disproportionately large number of jewelers, potters, designers, food-makers, writers and musicians, all inspired and influenced by their island living.

Vancouverites will get a taste, some quite literally, as Salt Spring in the City makes its way to Vancouver’s Heritage Hall in March.  From the modern to the rustic, chic to traditional, the Island’s artisans will bring over 30 unique brands to the two day event.

“Vancouverites will be let in on the secret and have a unique opportunity to discover the best of what the Island has to offer,” say organizers. “Their creative talents are influenced and inspired by the island and they have come together to bring that distinct flavour to Vancouver.”

A few of the highlights from this artist-run collaboration include candles, handmade bags, ceramic, soaps, glassware, flowers, clothing and wearable art.  Not surprisingly, eco-friendly products are also on the menu including more than one bamboo clothing line and even an environmentally-friendly replacement for your underarms.

With art and food a mainstay of Island life, there will also be a number of visual artists with everything from ceramics to photography to jewellery.  On the edible side, there will be the ubiquitous organic products as well as spices, preserves and even a small batch coffee roaster.  And of course there will be something for the children as well including dolls, toys and organic baby wear.

Saltspring in the City takes over Heritage Hall on Main Street on Friday, March 14 & 15, 2014.  Visit http://www.saltspringinthecity.com for more information.