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Tyme of the Year 

Eat, shop and be merry in Napa

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I know it's still early in the season, but so far no one in my circle of family and friends has given me a holiday wish list. That means one thing: they're all getting food. And this weekend, I'm getting the bulk of my gift buying done before Turkey Day by heading to Napa for the 42nd annual Gifts 'n Tyme Holiday Faire.

A tradition that spans generations, this collection of North Bay arts, crafts and gourmet culinary treats features over 85 vendors presenting and sharing their hand-crafted goodies at the Napa Valley Expo, Nov. 21–23.

For me, the edible delights will be center stage. I'm going to make sure I seek out Nan's Gourmet Foods and grab the aged balsamic vinegars and blended olive oils. I'm also planning on picking up some of Nan's flavored pastas and tapenades.

From there, I'm making a bee line to Hurley Farms to grab the Napa Valley's leading assortment of wine jellies, jams and mustards. I'll also be looking for honeycomb from Helen Marshall and cinnamon-roasted almonds from Maurice Friedauer. Oh, and I can't forget the "All Star Dips" from Linda Swagerty.

There will even be homemade lunches and dinners to keep my energy up while I stroll the aisles of crafts, and baked goods courtesy of the Napa Valley Lion's Club, raising funds for the women's group.

The Gifts 'n Tyme Holiday Faire runs Friday–Sunday, Nov. 21–23, at the Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third St., Napa. Friday–Saturday, 10am–6pm; Sunday, 10am–4pm. Free.

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