It was a busy bank holiday weekend for many of us who came together to attend the Cannon Hall Farm Food Festival to represent Crafty Business and showcase the borough’s finest arts and crafts.
Running 10am to 8pm everyday from Friday 28th until Monday 31st August, the festival was a bit of a marathon, but we pulled together, looked after each other and have a great laugh at the same time!
When Food Festival Ltd asked if I could pull a crafty area together for the event I asked the group what they thought. Many of us have families and felt that it was too much to commit to the full 4 days, so to give more people a chance to join us some came for just a day while others the full duration. It was bit tricky to ensure that each stall space was full for each day, but it fitted together eventually and our Crafty Business marquee was crammed with all sorts of arts and crafts, which you can see in this short video. CHFFF_Stall_Intro
We had a big presence, with myself, A Pawfect Fit, Masque Photography, PF Designs, Pretty Creative, Steve Ellis Ceramics, Amy Law Photography, Amberlinas, Tracey Mawson Ceramic Artist, Robert Keighley Landscape Photography, Utterly Unique, Wudwurk and Broady’s Florist with flowers by Emma B all part of the Crafty Business marquee, while Chris Scarfe from One Over The Eight organised the evenings musical entertainment. Such a great team!
Prior to the event I created our own adverts for social media which listed the businesses taking part so each everyone was able to tell their customers that they’d be there. Sandra Hill of A Pawfect Fit made us some fab bespoke bunting and Les Cadeaux kindly made us a plaque which I attached to a blackboard sign I made telling people who we are and why we have come together.
I wanted to get as much as I could out of our appearance at the festival and I show the public what a fantastic varied group we are, so I sewed fabric pockets which held the business cards and leaflets of those who couldn’t attend on a ‘washing line’. It looked great and drew much more attention that just putting the cards on a table.
This was an opportunity for new and mature businesses to come together allowing newbies to get some support while they learn the ropes. I was there all weekend to man stalls so those who wanted to explore had the chance to see what the festival had on offer without worrying about leaving their products unattended. I really enjoyed spending time with everyone involved. A highlight for me was having a group photo taken with Christa Ackroyd who had been compering the food demonstrations all weekend.
Thanks to the great British public for their immunity to bad weather on bank holidays, the crowds kept on coming all weekend, some even queuing in torrential rain waiting for the gates to open!
We’ve already been invited back next year, and I’m hoping we can do it even bigger and better!