The Fourth Annual Indiana Artisan Marketplace will be Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 at The Expo Hall inside the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Never been to this stellar showcase of Indiana artisans before? Well you are in for a treat!
Nearly 150 artisans will participate in this event, allowing you to get up close and personal with the craftsmen and foodies of Indiana who spend their days creating one-of-a-kind works to brighten up how you work, live and play.
Indiana’s artisans are booming. Every day I hear about a new locally-owned business or a friend who has quit their day job to sell hand-crafted leather journals, for instance. Indiana is fostering an environment for folks to share their talents, and this event is one of the ways in which you can meet many of them at once. My I Love Indy Gift Guide included several of the Indiana Artisans who you’ll meet at this event.
Who are my favorite local artisans, you ask?
Carrie Abbott of Newfangled Confections is practically everywhere I go – from placing her delicious Frittle Candy in the hotel rooms at The Alexander to providing a gift basket for one of my fundraisers, Carrie supports the community that purchases and enjoys her products. Carrie will be offering a live demonstration on how to roll buttermints at the event.
Bryna and Ryan O’Neil of Sage’s Simple Syrups is a hardworking couple who handcraft unique simple syrups to make cocktails with. My favorite is the Cranberry Apple, which I used in a Cranberry Pear Cocktail recipe. Find them at the Indiana Artisan Event and the Carmel Winter Farmers Market.
240Sweet takes whatever preconceived notion you have about marshmallows and throws it out the door. My first introduction to them was at Yelp’s Halloween Bash, in which I left with my hands full of their peanut butter and jelly marshmallows. Each one is big enough to feed at least 3 people and is probably meant to be a treat to enjoy with friends. They will offer a live demonstration on how to toast the perfect marshmallow.
Who am I excited to check out for the first time?
- Captain Jim’s Sauces – gourmet pepper sauces with all natural ingredients
- Yours Truly Foods – cake mixes… with wine? You got that right!
- Kentucky’s Smokin’ Grill – original, spicy and honey mustard meat sauces
- Front Porch Pretzels – I don’t know much about them but I sure do love pretzels!
- Dad’s Favorite Cheese Spreads – Chipotle Cheddar, Asiago Sun Dried Tomato and other flavors I can’t wait to try
Don’t let me mislead you, though. The Indiana Artisan Marketplace is so much more than food. From pottery, glass works, wood working, metal, acrylics and oil paintings and more, there is just as much “art” in artisan as there is food. I will definitely be browsing the booths of local artists who dedicate themselves to making our lives more beautiful. Over 19 artisans will be demonstrating a part of their trade live so you can ask questions and get up close and personal with the production.
Great Crescent Brewery out of Aurora, Indiana, will sample and sell three of its craft beers (two of which were recognized by the Indiana Artisans). I have not yet tried any brews from Great Crescent so I am stoked to see what they will be offering. Their English Stye India Pale Ale sounds hop-tastic!
This event is GREAT for anyone interested in learning more about Indiana Artisans all in one spot – for a mere $10, you have access to sample and get your hands on the crafts of hardworking Hoosiers.
To wrap it up for you:
WHEN: Saturday, March 29 from 10 AM – 6 PM; Sunday, March 30 from 10 AM – 5 PM
WHERE: The Expo Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
COST: $10 at the door for adults, kids under 14 are free
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