Arts and Crafts Festival | Laurel Magazine – The Laurel Magazine of Highlands NC and Cashiers NC | Candle Made Easy

Written by: Marlene Osteen | Output: July – 2022

The Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts Festival, held August 6-7, is a fun bazaar of art, food and the unexpected. Visit for more information.


Summer weather always brings a slew of rewarding activities across the plateau. One of the best is the Arts and Crafts Festival on August 6th and 7th in Sapphire Valley. As one of three festivals Sapphire hosts annually (the others are June and October), it’s exactly what an arts and crafts festival should be — a cornucopia of great merchandise and more side events than one person can see or do in a weekend can experience . Exhibitors, handpicked from local and surrounding states for their craftsmanship, originality and talent, line up at Sapphire’s athletic field. Local artisans spread their wares out in the field at weekends, a show that reflects the booming craft market in every way. And the field is full of activities for the whole family. Events geared specifically towards children include Corn Hole and Kerplunk and Buckets of Bubble Mix for blowing. Always popular is the Cashiers Humane Society’s “Adopt a pet” section. Live music wafts energetically across the field. The festival welcomes a diverse class of artists. Selected handicrafts range from jewelry to fine arts, woodworking to handcrafted furniture; Christmas wreaths to ornaments; candles to mouth-blown glass. The handcrafted goods that fill the stalls and tables of this show, all of the highest quality, reflect and showcase the region’s talent. A very special feature of this vibrant exhibit is the Appalachian Culture Display—the textiles, pottery, and more that showcase the variety of art forms developed by Appalachian artists. The winning combination of nature, mountains, art, people and music, plus on-site food vendors and food trucks give the Sapphire Arts and Crafts Festival a quality unparalleled among summer craft events. Regarding the food, Linda Foxworth, Sapphire Valley Resort’s marketing director, tells me, “Of course, North Carolina Barbecue is the star, but kids (of all ages) love the tacos, too!” The buzz is great with vendors and visitors who return annually for the show and knowing that there is no better way to enjoy a summer day in the mountains. The festival is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and admission is free. Visitors are encouraged to bring their dogs. The Field at Sapphire Valley is three miles east of Cashiers on Highway 64.

by Marlene Osteen

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