It’s here again. The Handmade Market will open at 10am tomorrow and run until 4pm, and then we’ll do it all again on Sunday.
In two halls, The Budawang and Coorong Pavilions at EPIC, there will be 250 stalls of the finest homewares, fashion, accessories, gifts, toiletries, produce and street food. Come along and support the design community, enjoy a great meal, coffee or glass of something stronger and soak up the unique atmosphere that is Handmade.
Here are our tips for a stress-free experience:
There will be plenty of it, 3,000 or so spots and all free throughout the Exhibition Park site. To help you, we have implemented a parking plan with stewards to help. The entrances for parking are on Northbourne Avenue and Wells Station Road. Follow the black and yellow signs and the directions of EPIC’s parking staff to find your spot. If you’d rather catch a bus, there are two bus stops adjacent to EPIC; one on the Federal Highway, one on Flemington Road.
Many of our designers have eftpos facilities to take payment, but there are smaller emerging designers that may not, so we recommend you bring along some cash. There are three ATMs in the two halls, so you won’t be caught short.
If you would like to arrive in the morning, there will be coffee and snacks available in our gourmet food hall from 9.45am so you can start the day with your caffeine fix before shopping begins at 10. The market opens at 10am and will trade until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Whether you arrive early or later, there are locations in both halls for snacks and relaxation, so you you can come for an hour or come for the day!
Where do we start? Coffee, cold drinks, snacks, meals and sweet treats are all available in our gourmet food hall in the Coorong Building, along with wine and other drinks. There is also an area for refreshments in the Budawang Building. Finding the right food for you will not be a problem. Tearing yourself away from the delicious displays might be! For a complete lowdown, have a look at our Producers blog post.
If you have come to visit particular designers, or maybe you are on a strict time limit, there is a list/map of stalls between the halls. Or seek out our friendly Handmade staff at the reception desk. For a full directory listing, have a look at our online magazine, or check out the directory on the website.
There are several toilets in each hall, with baby changing and a breastfeeding room available. Please ask at reception if you’re lost.
We don’t charge you to enter the market, so please enjoy with our compliments. We’d appreciate it if you could take the time on your way in to the Handmade Market to stop by the friendly volunteers from Menslink. Donations supporting this organisation that helps the young men of Canberra would be most appreciated! We will also be hosting Share the Dignity on a stall. They would welcome your donations of sanitary items to help women who don’t have access to them. Please give generously.
We hope you have a wonderful visit to Handmade and thank you for supporting Australian designers.
See you tomorrow!