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Artisans will again gather during Fort Wayne’s 2015 HolidayFest weekend, providing art and food lovers with samples and one-of-a-kind gift options in downtown’s Grand Wayne Center.

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Tomato Teapot by Noblesville-based
Indiana Artisan Carol Bell

The 2015 Holiday Marketplace will again help 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. 28 and 29, the Indiana Artisan Holiday Marketplace presents one-of-a-kind artwork and artisan foods.  Hosted by Fort Wayne-based Indiana Artisan co-chairs Kristy Jo Beber and Wayne Shive, the event encourages 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.

Carrie Abbott's Frittle Candy

Indiana Artisan Carrie Abbott’s
Frittle Candy

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 applicants to Indiana Artisan.

The organization reviews art and food applications every May and November, and six applicants to the November review session will participate.  “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.

One of many new Artisans taking part in this year's event is Rochester-based Schnabeltier, makers of varieties of handcrafted, and hand-pressed, cheeses.

One of many new Artisans taking part in this year’s event is Rochester-based Schnabeltier, makers of varieties of handcrafted, and hand-pressed, cheeses.

The work of more than 300 artisans in 63 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 this year’s Holiday Marketplace are listed here, and a sample of last year’s printed program is here.

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 2016 Holiday Marketplace.

                      •  Steampunk Jeweler Matt Breunig and Vintner Jen Lutter, of Country Heritage Winery, talk about the 2016 Holiday Markteplace in
                           this segment of INSight, on Fort Wayne’s ABC-TV affiliate.

                      •  Watercolorist Terry Armstrong and Artisan Foods Producer Sharon Downhour describe last year’s Event.

                      •  Functional and Decorative Woodworker Harry Gigous and Fort Wayne-based Baker Leigh Rowan describe last year’s Event.

WHEN:        Saturday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
                        Sunday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:     Grand Wayne Center, downtown Fort Wayne

WHO:          Indiana Artisans and applicants to Indiana Artisan.

COST:          $7 admission – no charge for those ages 13 and younger
                        $5 for those with their ticket/stub from the Embassy Theatre’s Festival of Trees


                        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