Bathurst BookFair set for record attendance

IT’S that time of year again when booksellers from near and far will gather to sell their wares at the 14th annual Bathurst BookFair, to be held on Sunday April 30 from 9.30am until about 2.30pm. 

So, whether you are a casual reader, wanting to stock up on novels for fireside reading or looking for that long lost volume then this will be the place to be.

A number of booksellers from around the Eastern Cape will be gathered in Bathurst with books ranging from antiquarian and collectable, to paperbacks, children’s books and lots of bargain books. Book valuations are available.

The BookFair has become an important social event for the village, as well as rewarding for our local crafters, shops, restaurants and pubs. All the pubs and restaurants, as well as food stalls will be geared up to provide for the influx of visitors.

This year a record number of people are expected due to public holidays falling in the same week.

As before, a marquee will be erected on the Village Green and all stalls will be under cover. There are also six other venues selling books around the village.

The BookFair has always supported a local charity

To make the event even more fun and interesting a beer garden, food stalls, craft stalls, tea and cake and so much more will be on offer to visitors.

The BookFair has always supported a local charity and this year the well-deserving charities are the SPCA as well as the ePap Charity. There will be a raffle draw, with proceeds to go to The Sunshine Coast Feeding Fund, as well as a fun book auction, with the SPCA to be the beneficiary.

So whatever the weather, the fair will offer something for the whole family, with the warm welcome that Bathurst is famous for.

For any additional information, please contact either Gail on 082-970-6940 or Liz on 072-348-5366.

Between browsing the books, there are a number of places to relax and have a drink and a bite to eat during the BookFair.

Visit the 60’s Pub where you can enjoy a refreshing beverage and live music while you enjoy the Bookfair, with much activity on the Village Green. The 60’s Pub will have live music from 3pm with Annie and Barry, as well as a delicious spit braai available.

Those seeking food of a different variety can indulge in delicious pizza and much more at the fully licensed restaurant of Pic-Kwick’s Restaurant where you will receive friendly service and fantastic food.

Ruanthai Restaurant at the Bathurst Showgrounds will be open during the Bathurst Bookfair, so make sure to pay a visit and experience superb Thai cuisine. You can enjoy Sunday lunch in a tranquil setting that offers intimacy at the small restaurant with its quirky decor.

The Fig & Daisy offers a unique experience with the restaurant including “upcycled” furniture, farm-style jams, pickles, chutneys, biscuits, handmade jewellery, gifts, crafts and a selection of art.

You will find it all inside the spacious barn style shop with a large deck outside, nestled under three massive indigenous trees with beautiful country views. The Fig & Daisy offers breakfasts, superb coffee, teas, freshly baked scones and cakes, a variety of lunches including burgers, chicken wraps, and home-baked pies, quiche and salads.

Well-known Faerie Lady Pat Burnett’s book, entitled “The Bathurst Faeries and Their Friends” is also available at The Fig & Daisy.

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