A Craft Fair with an International Flair
To: Sunday, December 09, 2018
This fair has been a regular event in Milan for twenty years now. Internationally renowned, it shows the best of Italian and worldwide handicraft and artisan work. It is a unique event that offers an extremely wide range of handmade creations. The distinctive feature of this event is the variety of products on display, that come from all over the world and cover an infinite range of categories.
The fair takes place from December 1st through the 9th in the Rho-Pero exhibition center. Open daily from 10 am to 10.00 pm, entrance is free. If you arrive by car, be prepared to spend € 17 for a full day of parking or 2.50 per hour. Otherwise, you can choose public means of transport such as the train or metro system.
Do not miss this chance to start (or finish) your Christmas shopping. You won’t find any run of the mill items here, but instead, the finests, most unique handcrafted items. If you are visiting the fair for the first time, you will certainly be astonished by the quantity of items on display.
Don’t be surprised if you see people pushing trolleys and carrying huge bags full of items, food and even furniture. Pick up a map at the main gate and start exploring. One pavilion is dedicated entirely to Italy and its gastronomic and artisan excellences. Leather, wool, wood, glass and iron items will all be here. Cured meats, cheese, wine, oil, desserts, fresh pasta, bread, rice, jam, and salty preserves will make your mouth water. Every stand offers free samples, but you can have a full meal at the stands equipped with a kitchen. In order to avoid long queues, I suggest you have your lunch at 12.00 o’clock.
Another pavilion is dedicated to Europe and all its member states. Here too, the range of products offered is almost infinite. Colourful Spanish creations, soft Norwegian clothes, fresh Greek food, fine Belgian chocolate, tasty Nordic salmon and nourishing German food. These are only a few examples of what you’ll see, try, taste and probably buy at the European pavilion.
The remainder of the pavilions are divided according to continent. You will be literally overwhelmed by the aromas, colors and voices of a hundred different countries. If you love international cuisine, you’ll find it here- from rice to Cantonese, to sushi, from tapas to couscous. In a succession of unique creations, traditional craftsmanship will win you over.
Over the course of the fair, various events are planned from cooking shows to creativity courses. You can attend popular dances and fashion shows. For the complete calendar, consult the event’s official website.
The organizers, as in previous editions, have prepared lots of useful services for visitors. I recommend you take advantage of the AF Express, which is a home delivery service of products you purchase at the fair. Inside the event, a special children’s area allows parents to explore the fair in peace, moving around with a loaded trollley rather than with strollers.
This is absolutely a MUST SEE event!
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