FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) An organization with about 300 artisan vendors visited Fort Wayne for the first time for the Indiana Holiday Artisan Marketplace. The Indiana Artisan Marketplace brought nearly 80 members of its organization to show off high quality food and art work.
People who attended the marketplace sampled chocolates, candies, noodles, wines and more. They even were able to meet artists who are being recognized at the height of their craft.
Director of Indiana Artisan, Eric Freeman, said artisan events stand out. “The work is all one of a kind. So, it’s not like going to a store. You can actually talk to the artist who makes the food,” Freeman said. “It has meaning. It’s not just some gift you buy in the store and give to somebody.”
Admission to the event at the Grand Wayne Convention Center is $7 for adults and for children under the age of 14, it’s free. For anyone with a ticket stub from the Embassy Theatre’s Festival of Trees, admission is just $5.
The marketplace hosts an event every year at the Indiana State Fair Grounds with all 300 of its members. Indiana Artisan came about during Mitch Daniels’ administration. It’s an economic development movement that helps artist expand their business and boost their sales through events like the trade shows.