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If we could bottle it…

If we could bottle the atmosphere, the smiles, the feel-good factor, the sights, sounds and scents of the Handmade Market… Actually, we think we might have captured it, and we let it out every quarter at EPIC. Thank you Canberra for helping to make Handmade the wonderful event that it is. The team is still smiling from a truly great weekend.

You came in your (tens of) thousands. You browsed, shopped, tasted, sipped, ate, chatted and smiled. You listened to wonderful live music and you supported local and Australian small business.

Our stallholders gave feedback that Canberrans are great customers. You are keen to engage and give feedback and you are excited about handmade design, appreciating the processes that go into every product and understanding the talents of Australian designers. You are also at the top of the “foodie chain”, according to our local producers and street food vendors, and the gourmet food hall was celebrated by thousands of you. Bon appetit to you all.

Handmade is almost 10 years old and Julie Nichols has built the market from 30 stalls to over 250. Her talent for curating a mix of fashion, homewares, children’s products, gifts, jewellery, food and drink is second to none. The team is already accepting applications for the September market (only a week until applications close for those of you who want to sell on 16 & 17 September) and planning the next event, where we can open that bottle and release the Handmade goodness again. See you in September.


Caroline Leevers is responsible for the Handmade brand, including the website, Handmade Style, the newsletter and the online magazine. When she's not hanging out with the lovely Handmade team, she runs Callie & Co Design, a Canberra graphic design studio that crafts brands for small businesses. Her favourite things about Canberra are the seasons (especially Autumn), the big sky, the coffee and the great events.


  • 28 & 29JULY 2018
  • 20 & 21OCTOBER 2018
  • 7*, 8 & 9DECEMBER 2018
  • *FRIDAY5PM - 9PM
  • SAT & SUN10AM - 4PM


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