With approximate crowds of 15,000 expected to attend the Winter Handmade Market event this weekend, it’s going to be EPIC! [pun fully intended]
Handmade enthusiasts flock from all over Australia to revel in the amazing talent of our nation’s independent designers. Artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all at one convenient NEW destination – Budawang Building, Exhibition Park in Canberra [EPIC]. A unique event to connect the makers of beautiful things to people who appreciate quality, handcrafted and locally designed items.
Come along and support your Australian art and design community. 150+ stalls, two days of shopping – THIS Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm – we promise there is plenty of handmade goodness for all!
Our tips for the most stress-free, enjoyable Handmade Market experience:
Parking – There will be plenty of it… 3,000 or so spots! Right outside the Budawang Building, throughout the Exhibition Park site, and on Flemington Road. * Yes. That’s right, we are at a NEW venue* Rather catch a bus? There are two bus stops adjacent to EPIC; one on the Federal Highway, one on Flemington Road.
Money – Many of our designers have eftpos facilities to take payment, but there are smaller indie and emerging designers that may not, so we recommend you bring along some cash. There are two ATMs in the Budawang Building.
Time – Not a fan of too much hustle and bustle? Have a sleep in, or go out for brunch, then swing by the market in the afternoon. The Handmade Market closes at 4pm, both Saturday and Sunday.
Food – Two cafes will provide all the sustenance you need to shop until you drop.
Plan – If you have come to visit particular designers, or maybe you are on a strict time limit. There is a list/map of stalls at the information desk at ‘Reception’. Or seek out our friendly ‘Handmade Helpers’ donned in aprons or fluoro pink vests, for directions.
What else is on – The Capital Region Farmers Market is held 7:30 – 11:30am on Saturday, also at Exhibition Park in Canberra. A community project run by the Rotary Club of Hall, well worth a look pre-Handmade Market. The nation’s capital also has on offer truffle hunts , afterDARK lantern tours at the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the Canberra Theatre celebrates 50 years with a family fun open day… so much to do this long weekend in the nation’s capital!
Please take the time on your way in to the Handmade Market to say “hello” to the lovely volunteers from Pink Pedal Challenge. Donations supporting this important and wonderful organisation would be most appreciated!