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Tomato Teapot by Noblesville-based
Indiana Artisan Carol Bell.

The Fourth Annual Holiday Marketplace celebrates the season more than ever with the addition of both a Fri evening shopping opportunity for members of Northeast Indiana arts organizations, and a Sunday “Shop and Sip Champagne Brunch,” in partnership with the Grand Wayne Hilton. The brunch is limited to 100 guests, and tickets are available here. As always, the Marketplace helps launch the shopping season during Fort Wayne’s HolidayFest weekend, bringing to the Grand Wayne Center a showcase of the state’s highest-quality arts, fine craft and foods. In addition to shopping for the holidays, guests will enjoy live art and craft demonstrations and food and drink tasting.

On Sat. and Sun., Nov. 25 and 26, the Indiana Artisan Holiday Marketplace presents one-of-a-kind artwork and artisan foods, encouraging guests to sample chocolates, cheeses, candies, noodles, wines, and more, in addition to meeting visual artists recognized for being at the height of their craft.

Sunday’s “Sip and Shop” Brunch is an opportunity for 100 guests to have the Marketplace to themselves from 10 a.m. to noon, before or after a champagne brunch at the Grand Wayne Hilton. Brunch guests will enjoy fantastic fare at the Hilton then one-on-one time with their favorite Artisans in the Exhibition Hall during this private shopping opportunity. The champagne will be poured into Indiana Artisan wine glasses guests may keep before doors open at noon to art and food lovers from all over the region. Tickets for the “Sip and Shop” Brunch are $30/person, all-inclusive, and may be ordered here.

Carrie Abbott's Frittle Candy

Indiana Artisan Carrie Abbott’s
Frittle Candy has been part of this holiday event all three years.

In 2010, a Resolution of the Indiana Legislature created Indiana Artisan to identify, recognize and promote the state’s highest-quality art and foods. The Holiday Marketplace again will bring many of those Artisans together in Northeast Indiana.  It also will feature new Artisans, whose work becomes part of the Indiana Artisan brand in late September.

The organization reviews art and food applications every September, and this Holiday Marketplace is the first event for the newly recognized Artisans. “It’s an ideal way to involve artists and food producers in Northeast Indiana who are familiar with Fort Wayne’s HolidayFest, the Holly Trolley and this weekend that features pop-up art studios all over downtown,” said Indiana Artisan Wayne Shive, owner of Roanoke-based Best Boy & Co.

Hill Vineyards will be a first-time participant in this year's Holiday Marketplace, bringing several varietals of their estate wines.  Three words: Perfect Holiday Gift.

Hill Vineyards was a first-time participant at the 2016 Holiday Marketplace, bringing several varietals of their estate wines. Three words: Perfect Holiday Gift.

The work of more than 200 artisans in 57 Indiana counties has been juried and is part of the Indiana Artisan brand. Indiana Artisans include painters, potters, woodworkers, bakers, instrument makers, jewelry designers, weavers, paper and mixed media artists, leatherworkers, and more.
Artisans participating in last year’s Holiday Marketplace are listed here. The list of 2017 participants will be posted here once registration is completed. , and guests will receive the 2017 Indiana Artisan “viewbook” as the printed program. A 48-page magazine that includes all Indiana Artisans, the “viewbook” is a beautifully illustrated overview of the best work in art, fine craft and foods coming from Indiana today.

WHAT:        Indiana Artisan Holiday Marketplace
                      •  Keep up with the Marketplace daily, seeing lots of of the work that will be offered,
                           by checking out our Facebook page.

                      •  Fort Wayne-area potter Sarah Thompson, and Muncie-based maker of barbecue
                           sauces Lathay Pegues talk about what to expect at the 2015 Holiday Marketplace.

                      •  Steampunk Jeweler Matt Breunig and Vintner Jen Lutter, of Country Heritage
                           Winery, talk about the 2015 Holiday Markteplace in
                           this segment of INSight, on Fort Wayne’s ABC-TV affiliate.

                      •  Watercolorist Terry Armstrong and Artisan Foods Producer Sharon Downhour
                            describe the 2014 kick-off event.

                      •  Functional/Decorative Woodworker Harry Gigous and Fort Wayne-based Baker Leigh Rowan describe the inaugural event in 2014.

WHEN:      •  Friday, Nov. 24, Invitation-only event for members of Northeast Indiana arts organizations.

                      •  Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission $7, 14 and younger welcomed at no charge.

                      •  Sunday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to noon, New “Shop and Sip Champagne Brunch.” Enjoy exclusive, early shopping and a
                           champagne brunch at the Grand Wayne Hilton, with two Indiana Artisan wine glasses as a special gift. Event limited
                           to 100 guests via online tickets available here. $30 all-inclusive.

                      •  Sunday, Nov. 26, Noon to 4 p.m. Admission $7, 14 and younger welcomed at no charge.

WHERE:     Grand Wayne Center, downtown Fort Wayne

WHO:          Indiana Artisans, those recognized by the State as being at the top of their craft in both foods and art.



                        Volunteer, and be part of the staff. Details, including what volunteers receive, are here. And hey, thanks for clicking this link.
                        We appreciate that you even consider helping to make this event a blast for northeast Indiana residents!

INFO:          Click to email Indiana Artisan Director Eric Freeman