Why we’re throwing CRAFT on October 3 & 4

craft-091015Let’s talk about CRAFT — this great big pop-up festival that the Recommended Daily is throwing in partnership with Chick Events — on Saturday, October 3 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), and Sunday, October 4, (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at Crown Center Plaza.

CRAFT is a celebration of all things made by hand in and around Kansas City. It started with a conversation nearly eight months ago with the ladies of Chick Events. The idea we had was to combine their focus on handmade and vintage goods produced by true artisan craftsmen and women with a carefully curated list of drinks and bites (which is the mojo we’ve got here on the Recommended Daily). The Record Machine — a local label with an eye for recognizing the next homegrown act you should be listening to right now. As a result, they put together a lineup of eight bands over the two days of CRAFT that is righteous.

Before we get all TLDR, let’s get into the why of CRAFT real quick. When RD launched in January of 2014, it was with the explicit goal of shining a light on all of the positive things happening in the Kansas City food and drink scene. KC has become an eater’s town — a community that celebrates cuisine from passionate chefs, farmers, mixologists, coffee roasters, and food producers.

And now we’re looking to take that momentum and turn it into a proper weekend festival. If you like the idea of an event that celebrates artists that create edible and non-edible goods, we need you to get behind this in a big way. We need you to attend, invite your friends, and help us spread the word. You can buy tickets here ($7 in advance or $10 at the door) or continue reading to find out more about what will be happening at CRAFT.

General Admission 

We’ve put a lot of thought into what you’ll be doing at CRAFT and we think it shows. You can buy tickets or pick up tickets at two stations right on Grand Street (as well as booths next to the parking garages next to Crown Center Plaza). We’ll also have the first of three bars (selling beer from the Boulevard Brewing Company, wine from the Amigoni Urban Winery and water) thanks to sponsor Central States Beverage.

Once you get inside, you’ll be able to shop and see work from more than 80 craft vendors (you can get a t-shirt from Charlie Hustle, leather goods from Donole, prints from Survival Letterpress and illustrations from Cat Coq). When you need sustenance, you can stop in the center of CRAFT for a snack or meal from the Local Pig, Little Freshie, Shatto Milk Company, Affare or The Roasterie. A trio of food trucks — Street Wings, Monk’s Roast Beef and Werner’s on Wheels — will also be on hand to keep your belly happy. Here’s where you’ll also encounter a second bar, staffed by volunteers from Ronald McDonald House Charities — Kansas City, our non-profit partner on this event.

The ice rink on Crown Center Plaza will be transformed into our Artisan Food Pavilion. It will also house the third bar and eight live musical acts over the two days of CRAFT. The food pavilion will feature the Brigabon Candy Co., Dragonfly Gourmet Goods, Frannie Franks, Green Dirt Farm, Hungry Monkey Party Bites, KC Canning Company, KC Food Circle, Kyla’s Cakes N Bakes, Mohamed’s Hummus (Oasis Foods), Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott (and Lanmou Chocolates), Our Sassy Pantry, Savory Addictions Nuts, Smart Cookies Bakery, Sweet Kiss Brigadeiro, Vain Foods and Wood + Salt.

As for the bands, Pink Royal, Atlas, Heidi Gluck, Yes You Are and Rev Gusto will take the stage on Saturday. Captiva (their song Smooth Interrogation is above), La Guerre and The Blackbird Revue are set to play Sunday.

tastings-CRAFT-091015Tasting Tickets

Like a party in the Hamptons, this festival has a second level. You can spend time in the Cookies & Beer garden. Buy a ticket for one of the cookies & beer tastings featuring Dolce Bakery and Boulevard ($15, which includes at GA ticket) at 1 or 3 p.m. Saturday or 1 p.m. Sunday. Then, feel free to pick up a cookbook there from author Jonathan Bender and Andrews McMeel and get a free cookie from our sponsor Whole Foods Olathe and learn about the Lone Elm Taproom.

We’ll have a pair of tents next to the Cookies & Beer Garden. The first will house sponsor Amigoni Urban Winery. They’re hosting a Grape to Glass session that follows the journey of their wine from the vineyard to their winery in the West Bottoms. Sample four of Amigoni’s wines in the small ticketed seminars. The second will feature a Meet The Distiller class with sponsor Dark Horse Distillery. In addition to meeting the folks that make their whiskey, they’ll be sampling five different products and giving a primer on the spirits they produce. Both seminars are $20, which includes a general admission ticket

Tickets are $7 in advance (we’ve also got a buddy pass with two tickets for $10) and $10 at the door. The tasting tickets are limited, so you’ll want to purchase those first if you have a mind to do so. Please come join us. We’re looking forward to celebrating the local makers of Kansas City with you at CRAFT.

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.

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