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Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market

November 18, 2012

You know it’s that time of year – not just when the snow starts, nor when the Christmas music begins to waft through the air, nor when your neighbours start to put up their Christmas trees or lights. Nope, you know it’s that time when your wife says “let’s go to a Christmas craft sale – there’s a big one at the Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market

Arggh. Groan, really, already? I thought we just got back from one. I guess you’re right, it’s been a year, but it feels like a week.

But it’s at Spruce Meadows. Hmmm. Really? Rhonda and I had an opportunity to go to the Masters at Spruce Meadows in 2011 – and it was incredible! The facilities, the staff, the whole site is amazing. So I grudgingly said “ok”. And Josh and Rhonda and I piled into the car for the hour-long drive.

Whoa! (Not just what was on the Stop sign!) It was amazing. There were cars and people everywhere! And folks directing traffic, because otherwise I’m sure these shoppers would have caused all kinds of havoc on the roadways. Spruce Meadows put on an incredible show. Certainly there were three buildings filled to the brim with different products and sellers – from all over the world. We saw some that were local, and some from Ontario, and even Scotland, Turkey, you name it. It was excellent. And a huge variety of products too!

The first building we went into had these huge nutcrackers, so Josh got his picture taken next to it. It was a little complicated, because it was so crowded, but we made it work!

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All of the buildings, inside and out, were impeccably decorated. This is just a quick shot over the crowd inside part of one of the buildings.

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I don’t know how they did it, they also managed to get some Reindeer in! These guys were outside, must be just a little too young to fly yet.

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Inside Reindeer Alley they had all of Santa’s Reindeer in their own areas, with their name plaques on the doors. Even Rudolf was there, but when we were in, they had his area blocked off – he was resting. (You could still see the glow from his nose!)

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And of course it wouldn’t be Spruce Meadows without one of the barriers used for jumping – Josh got his picture in front of one.

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We didn’t spend too much money, but we did have a delightful hour and half with thousands of our closest (physically) friends!;)

We did see people with Kettle Corn popcorn, and being the popcorn aficionados’ that we are, we had to get some. We haven’t had good Kettle Corn since we moved to Strathmore in August 2011. Everywhere we try some, nothing compares to the Kettle Corn we could get at the Old Strathcona Farmers Market in Edmonton. Mmmm. Delicious. So we picked up a bag, with fairly low expectations, and had a sample. WOW! It was awesome! Josh and Rhonda and I couldn’t get enough, and I think we had a quarter of the bag gone in the next 5 minutes. Mmm. Good Kettle Corn! So after the next couple of buildings, we went back to the same vendor (they also had mini-donuts) and thanked them profusely! We told the operator our story, and how much we loved their Kettle Corn.

I asked him – where do you normally setup shop, so we can drop by from time to time. Do you know what he said?

Old Strathcona Farmers Market in Edmonton! Wowsers! That was incredible! He even gave us another bag of popcorn for free!

And who is this company? Watch for them – A & B Kettle Corn Ltd. 780-465-5882 If you ever see them, buy at least two bags – one for you and one for me! Better yet, get four, two more to share!

So, even though it was a “market” we had a great time, and we got to get some of the world’s best Kettle Corn!

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