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Shopping is Local and Truly Unique at Indiana Artisan Marketplace

One of my favorite events is coming this weekend … the Indiana Artisan Marketplace. IndianaArtisanMarketplace.1You may or may not have heard of this fabulous event, so let me break it down a bit for you:

  • Who are Indiana Artisans? Those juried in annually and recognized as offering exceptional art, fine craft, food and drink.
  • The marketplace will include 130 Artisans, from 49 Indiana counties including nearly 30 art and food artisans from the Kentucky Crafted and Kentucky Proud programs.
  • This is the sixth annual marketplace and will be held at the Indiana State Fair Grounds on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10.
  • Twenty artisans will demonstrate the creation of their work potters throwing, painters painting, weavers weaving and some exciting looks at candy making will happen throughout the weekend.
  • Food artisans will provide samples of syrups, jams, cheeses, granola, salsa and even wine!

I’ve attended the event for the last several years and am always reminded of the talent in our great state. IndianaArtisanMarketplace.2My favorite part: To be able to walk around and talk with the artisans about their products, sample the products and walk away with a new appreciation for what I have bought. It is local shopping to the core.IndianaArtisanMarketplace.3Indiana Artisans go through a jury process twice annually and this year’s Indiana Artisan Marketplace will feature 22 new artists. That means more unique gifts and products than before.

You won’t want to miss this event. Saturday’s hours are 10-6 and Sunday’s hours are 10-6. Tickets are $10 (and under 15 is free!). For more information be sure to check out Indiana Artisan Marketplace website.

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Written by : Living in Indianapolis since 2001, Carrie is no stranger to traveling throughout the state. She has worked at Conner Prairie and at the Indiana Office of Tourism. Now working for the Indiana Tourism Association and having a young daughter, Carrie has even more opportunities to take advantage of Indiana's many attractions. Carrie receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.