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Holiday Food and Gift Festival attracts crowds

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Published: Nov. 4, 2018 at 6:47 PM AKST
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Too soon for the holiday spirit? Many think not, including organizers of the 31st Annual Holiday Food and Gift Festival held at the Dena'ina Center this weekend.

The festival is put on each year as a fun, family-friendly event featuring a variety of unique gifts, including handmade arts and crafts, clothing, decor, gourmet food and more.

"We're very supportive of the holiday community here, and really, this is the kickoff weekend of Christmas shopping here in Anchorage," said Michael Fox of Anchorage Markets.

According to Fox, 120 vendors - both from Alaska and other parts of the United States - filled the convention center for the event this weekend.

A big part of the event, though, is specifically showing off Alaska-made products and highlighting the fantastic finds you can discover here in Alaska.

"The reason events like this exist is really supporting the small business community," he said. "But 'Made in Alaska,' and imported items; both types are allowed here at this show."

If you missed the festival, never fear: Lots of holiday-themed events are coming up in November and December. On the 17th of this month, for example, there's the Arts and Crafts Emporium at the Dena'ina Center, while the Holiday Craft Show and Book Fair are happening at the Anchorage Museum on the 25th.