Are you planning on heading to the One of a Kind Show this weekend at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place? If you like unique things made by hand and made locally then this is the place to shop! An added bonus is that at many of the booths you get to meet the artists and learn about their artwork, their process and their passion!
With over 800 exhibitors the show can be somewhat overwhelming! Now in it’s 25th year the show seems to grow bigger and better each year! Every year I go to see my favourite booths and even add some more to the list.
This year my good friend and studio mate Adriana Mcneely at booth Z-03 is participating in the show. This is her first year doing the show and her booth is a must visit! In my opinion, Adriana has the most stand-out and original jewellery at the show (though I may be a bit biased!). To read about her stunning jewellery click here.
Another friend and fellow Harbourfront Resident, Jen Kneulman (and business partner Lauren Hunter) is also exhibiting at the show. Her company Freshly Printed (booth U51) is a textiles company that prints fresh, unique designs onto tea towels, aprons, trivets and coasters. Check out the Freshly Printed facebook page to see their designs. I am definitely picking up some tea towels as gifts!
Every year I help out my friend Kate Singer at her booth Marmalade Designs (N-48). Kate is also a jeweller who works with fabric and paper set behind resin. Her designs are colourful, playful and make a perfect gift for you or someone else! (Naughty, naughty. While I was working I was also shopping! I bought myself a rooster pendant and my sister a pendant with two owls.)
One of my high school friends, Jenny Kuri, is also doing the show in the Rising Stars Section (Booth H-53). Jenny makes fine art dolls and puppets. Each one has its own personality. They are so unique! To see more of Jenny’s work visit the show or take a peak at her blog.
I think one of my favourite sections of the show is the food section! I can’t go to the show with out visiting the Bruce County Nut and Fudge Co. I discovered this company a number of years ago at the Beaches Arts and Craft Show. Their nuts are phenomenal and I am not even a nut fan! You need to try the coconut covered cashews! They are to die for! For a taste visit booth D-35.
Another delicious booth to stop at is Cook’s Gourmet (Booth D-29). This company specializes in tapenade and spreads that make your mouth water! My favourite is the Shiitake Mushroom Tapenade. Mmmmmm. I picked up a jar for me and a Pepperoncini Tapenade for my parents.
If you are thinking of visiting the show then you definitely should! You will be on sensory overload with all the fantastic things to see, smell and taste. Make sure you plan to stay awhile! It takes at least a few hours to get through the whole show!