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Handmade at Mother’s Day

Emma Macdonald

There’s a certain Sunday in May when the very best gift is one which is handmade.

But we’re also grateful to the Handmade Markets for timing their next event to ensure that when we receive so-called “handmade” for Mother’s Day it can also be a big step up from a wonky set of finger-painted macramé pieces threaded onto fuzzy wool for a necklace. As cute as that invariably is.

The next Market, held on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May—a week before the big Sunday—has 30 new stallholders to check out. And in honour of Canberra mums, and the fact that Handmade is 10 years old this year, there will be a pop-up champagne room.

Be Fraiche

A special floral workshop will be run by Lady Larissa Flowers and a flower shop by Melinda Sheffield will also be set up on site at EPIC.

This means that not only could you find a suite of suitable gift inspiration at the markets, but it would also be a gorgeous day out for mum—and one where she can hint at exactly what she might like and save you the agony.

The new stall holders include beautiful ceramicists Brett Niven Ceramics and Chibasan Ceramics, candles from Kandila Company (feature image) and Mojo Candle Co, artworks from Popcorn Blue, Eggpicnic, Libby Watkins Art and Red Knot images.

Brett Niven Ceramics

Susie Webster’s Wearable Art and Polka Luka join the fold of jewellery makers, while new clothing designs can be found at Woolerina and Venetia Elaine.

A little bird made me

Of course, Handmade Markets always mean food, and you have two options.

First, you could settled in for an afternoon of grazing through the foodhall—we suggest you try the gozleme, Cuban street food, or succumb to the Canadian poutine, which is a dish of French fries smothered in cheese and gravy (better than breakfast in bed, we reckon!)

Or you could take home some delectable ingredients for later—including pickles, preserves or charcuterie from the Tin Shed Group, dressings, jams or spice mixes from the Village Provedore, Weyhill Farm Garlic salts, or an irresistible block of Nougat Royale.

Weyhill Farm Garlic

Meanwhile don’t forget the Handmade Market supports local charities and will be taking donations as well as blankets for the Vinnie’s blanket drive. Market-goers are encouraged to bring along old coats and jackets as well.

This market will feature charity door greeters are Dragons Abreast and encourages people to make a gold coin donation in lieu of paying an entry fee.

Sweet Health

the essentials

What: Handmade Markets
When: Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May from 10 am-4 pm
Where: Exhibition Park Canberra (EPIC)

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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald has been writing about Canberra and its people for more than 20 years, winning numerous awards for her journalism - including a Walkley or two - along the way. Canberra born and bred, she’s fiercely loyal to the city, tribally inner-north, and relieved the rest of the country is finally recognising Canberra’s cool and creative credentials. More about the Author