2021 Village Art & Craft Fair

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For forty-seven years the annual fair, started in 1973 by John Cram, was held on the grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls. John started the fair to attract shoppers to Biltmore Village at a time when there were many vacancies, and when Asheville was a very different place than it is today.

The 48th fair was canceled due to COVID -19. Looking forward to the 2021 Village Arts & Crafts Fair (VACF), and not knowing what restrictions on crowd sizes and large gatherings may exist makes this year very difficult to plan. We still want the fair to be a viable draw for the businesses in the Village and we’d like to get your feedback (above survey) on a few ideas that may help with planning this year’s fair.

First, we’d like to make sure we can provide ample off-site parking and shuttles for Village employees, vendors, and fairgoers alike. Additionally, traffic management in the surrounding neighborhoods with no parking signs, and shuttle information signs would be added.

Ideally, we’d like to expand the booths and parking to the whole “block” between Boston Way and Angle St. (the former SunTrust bank property). This would be contingent upon cooperation with The Grand Bohemian. Potentially, we could also use the triangle park area as well. This expanded footprint would not only allow for more socially distanced vendors, but would expand the fair further into the Village. With signage and directional markers to other shops, the goal is to be more inclusive to all Village businesses.