The saying ‘from little things big things grow’ could not be truer for Wendy Whiteley….
With the conditions decidedly icy, what better way to warm up than at the Handmade Markets on 28 and 29 July?
We’ve lined up eight toasty new things to look forward to, including cosy knits, hearty meals and truffles galore…
Wrap yourself in a warming knit
There’s nothing cosier than a good quality winter knit, and this season Handmade delivers in spades. New additions to the July market include Marikit By Kitty Choy, a handknit label specialising in women’s knit and homewares based in Sydney, while Victorian label My Bonnie will be selling their delightfully colourful merino wool scarves to keep you snug. For the little ones, Chalk and Cheese will have their beautifully made children’s wear on hand (with womenswear options too), while Chasing Springtime offers independently-designed alternatives for women size 16 to 26.
Indulge in a truffle extravaganza
Nothing says winter like truffles and oh-so-many truffles will be appearing at this season’s market, with Handmade Canberra launching their inaugural truffle festival, the Handmade Truffle Snaffle. There will be fresh truffles and a huge range of truffle-based products for sale in the Gourmet Food Hall, as well as some unexpected truffle/food combinations such as truffle cannoli, truffle vodka and truffle tea. Need we say more?
Get into the spirit
Did someone say gin? Family-operated distillery Original Spirit Co will be appearing at Handmade for the first time and is sure to be a popular addition with its organic and wild-crafted spirits. The distillery combines traditional and modern techniques to produce a range of warming gins, liqueurs and traditional German-style spirits. Not into spirits? Mildura winemakers Callipari will also be offering a range of fine wines and blends, including their delicious Ned Kelly White Spritzer; a blend of white wine, apple juice and ginger.
Tuck into a hearty meal
There’s nothing like a good, home-cooked meal in winter and Black Rock Beef Co are a delicious addition to Handmade. Committed to ethically producing 100 per cent grass-fed and hormone-free quality beef, the company will be selling their wholesome oven ready meals such as chilli con carne, lasagne and roast beef and gravy.
Bringing South American flavours to Canberra will be Quinoa Catering, a small Canberra-based catering business providing a modern twist to classic recipes. Another newcomer, Hot Potato, will be serving up traditional baked potatoes filled with a choice of hot and cold fillings, sauces and sour cream.
And of course, that’s not mentioning the usual huge range of street food offerings at Handmade. Shut up and take our money!
Sip on a toasty tea or coffee
After you’ve indulged in some retail therapy, warm your soul with an aromatic tea from Tea Garden Co (their flavours include Vermont Chai and Gingerbread Man, perfect to chase the winter blues away). Meanwhile, coffee lovers can take their pick at coffee van The Fix or Nellie’s Café and Bar.
Warm your home with an interior update
Give your home a warming makeover for the season with Handmade’s huge selection of interior designers. Some new additions include Collective/23, who create timeless metal decor pieces with designs to suit any home and style, along with Fox and Dollbaby, Paula Zetlein art and Floralia Gallery.
Light it up
Create the perfect ambience with Light & Glo, an award-winning Melbourne based fragrance house creating boutique style candles designed to evoke a whole sensory experience that will inspire positivity and delight, enabling customers to perfectly match mood and mindset.
Your skin can take a hit in winter, and oils can help to combat the dry Canberra weather. With a focus on ethical, balanced and natural ways of living, Oleo Life will be on hand with their easy-to-use products made with 100 per cent pure essential oils.
Do some celeb spotting
Meet the Aussie who had Anne Hathaway and Ellen DeGeneres talking: author and artist Jennifer Cossins. Also known as Red Parka, Jennifer is renowned for her animal art, beautiful illustrations and page-turning books, and will be exclusively appearing at the July Handmade Market.
Her beautifully illustrated children’s book, 101 Collective Nouns, is selling out fast after Anne Hathaway gave it a glowing review on The Ellen Show, but we’re reliably informed that there might be a couple of boxes set aside at Red Parka’s stall, with Jennifer on hand to sign copies for customers.
Win free stuff
As a special treat for five lucky winners, Jennifer Cossins has joined with Handmade to give away five signed copies of 101 Collective Nouns. Head over to Handmade’s Facebook page to enter the draw, and if you’re a winner, you can pick up your copy from the reception desk at the market.
Want more? Click here to see the complete list of designers appearing at July’s Handmade Markets.
What: Handmade Markets
When: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Exhibition Park Canberra (EPIC)
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