Well, that was an exhilarating ride! We can safely say that the Handmade Market we have just hosted was the biggest, busiest and most successful we’ve ever had. After some parking and traffic adjustment on Saturday, the enormous crowds flocked into our three halls at EPIC, excited by the range of designer gifts, fashion, homewares and produce on offer.
The gourmet food hall was packed with people trying local produce, tasting wines and spirits and indulging in the delicious food and drink on offer from our street food vans and stalls. The designer hall was alive with people browsing, chatting and ticking off the items on their Christmas lists. Our new smaller hall was a haven of beautiful design with 30 extra stalls to look at. While it was very, very busy, the market’s shoppers were accommodated by the wide aisles, spaces to sit and relax and friendly stall holders.
Happiest of all were our 250 designers and producers, from the local region and further afield, who had toiled over making their stock, diligently set up their beautiful stalls and were delighted by the response they received from shoppers. Canberra, thank you for supporting Australian handmade business. You have made it a very happy Christmas for our designers and producers, who are now regrouping and resting before starting again next year.
Our next market is on 18 & 19 March. Please put it in your diaries and in the meantime, we wish you a wonderful, happy and healthy festive season.