CRAFT, a handmade shopping & curated local eats festival, is October 3-4 at Crown Center


Every day, folks in Kansas City, are making jewelry and wine and cheese and t-shirts and cookies and wallets by hand. We are a city of makers and creatives and talent. It’s time we had a festival to celebrate that fact.

CRAFT — presented by Recommended Daily and Chick Events — is a two day pop-up festival on October 3-4, that marries handmade and vintage goods with curated bites and sips at Crown Center Square (2450 Grand Boulevard). We’ll have craft spirits, beer and wine, an Artisan Food Pavilion, as well as eight different live acts curated by The Record Machine.

CRAFT is sponsored by Whole Foods Market Olathe, Amigoni Urban Winery, Boulevard Brewing Company, Central States Beverage, Crown Center, Dark Horse Distillery and The Record Machine. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities Kansas CityTickets are $10 at the gate or $7 in advance for a one-day admission (for a limited time, get a $10 Buddy System: two tickets or $10 weekend pass).

We’re reinventing the CRAFT Fair. On the first level, you’ll find 85 handmade and vintage vendors. It’s folks like Charlie Hustle and Ocean & Sea and the Hello Happiness Card Company and Olive Tree. Save up your money because you’ll find plenty of jewelry, letterpress prints and pillows to come home with you. In the center of the square, you can refuel at local food trucks or bites from the Local Pig, and Little Freshie, as well as coffee from The Roasterie and the debut of a new flavor from Shatto Milk. Wine from the Amigoni Urban Winery and beer from the Boulevard Brewery will also be available for purchase ($5).


Your day continues on the second level (or may start there). We’ll have a Cookies & Beer Garden with cookies and beer pairings. The unconventional beer garden is the first place in Kansas City that you’ll be to get Cookies & Beer – a new cookbook from Andrews McMeel Publishing and author Jonathan Bender (apologies for the third person)– out the following week. You can also attend a seminar and tasting ($20 for a general admission & tasting ticket) from Amigoni or the Dark Horse Distillery to meet the people who are making craft spirits and wine in the Kansas City area, as well as taste the fruit of their efforts.

The Artisan Food Pavilion (beneath the white tent where the ice rink is during winter) is where foodies will set up camp. There you’ll find 16 artisan food folks: Affare, Dolce Bakery, Green Dirt Farm, Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott/Lanmou, Wood + Salt, and the Kansas City Canning Co. join Frannie Franks, Dragonfly Gourmet Goods, Brigabon Candy Co., Hungry Monkey Party Bites, Kyla’s Cakes N Bakes, Our Sassy Pantry, Savory Addictions Nuts, Smart Cookies Bakery, Sweet Kiss Brigadeiro, and Vain Foods. You’ll be able to pick up sweet and salty snacks to eat, as well as a host of goodies to love.

The Artisan Food Pavilion wraps around a center lounge, so CRAFT-goers can spend time listening to some of the best and blossoming ​​local talent, ​​​hand-picked​ ​for your music discovery​ experience. We have partnered with the homegrown indie-stalwarts The Record Machine to curate an eclectic and exciting lineup of talent. ​

Tickets are on sale now. They’re $10 at the gate for a one-day general admission. But you can get $7 tickets online or, for a limited time, a Buddy System (two tickets for $10) or Weekend Pass ($10). We also have $20 tickets available for the whiskey (meet the distiller and sample five spirits) or wine tastings (a seminar and four different wine samples), which include a general admission ticket. Just a note: those tasting sessions are limited to keep them intimate. Come join at us CRAFT and Shop. Sip. Feast.

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.

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