The Village Blacksmith once again announces vendor & artist booth availability during this year's famous Daffodil Festival and accompanying BEER Garden which, is held along Main Street in Gloucester's Historic Courthouse Village.
George Cramer, owner of The Village Blacksmith, originally started this initiative to help promote small business, entrepreneurs, artists, and crafters alike.
" I know full well the difficulties in building a business from the ground up" says Cramer.
" We are a much stronger force working together, if you are an artist, crafter, or vendor who offers a unique product or service, we want to help promote you!"
This is a unique opportunity for vendors, as this year's Festival is expected to draw over 20,000 people.
The offered booth spaces connect with the highly anticipated Beer Garden at Kelsick Specialty Market in which guests can sample and purchase high quality craft beers and specialty foods. There will be a lot to choose from local food vendors and trucks as well as live entertainment throughout the day.
The Beer Garden is the only dedicated place during the Daffodil Festival activities where alcohol can be purchased and consumed.
To conincide with the Beer Garden, George is not only allowing vendors but, has also arranged have the Tidewater Blacksmiths Guild offer free live Blacksmith demonstrations all weekend long.
"Along with their demos and witty banter they will also be doing raffles of hand forged goods every 2 hours" says Cramer.
Spectators can learn what it takes to become a member of the Guild and also purchase hand forged goods made by the guild members. They will also get a chance meet and greet with George and ask him about his appearance on Discovery Channel's Master of Arms in which he won $10,000 and built a steel bow and a heavy crossbow by hand, earning him the title: " Master of Arms".
(Photo courtesy Discovery Channel.)
In addition to the music, great food and beer there will also be activities for the kids and perhaps an opportunity relax with a chair massage provided by Heart Felt Touch Massage Therapy.
"Whether you're a spectator, customer or vendor it is a great time, with an opportunity to learn something new, purchase a unique product, or network with other business professionals" says Cramer.
When: April 6th 10:30 am - 6 pm , April 7 11am-5pm
WHERE: The back lot of the Village Blacksmith 6641 Gloucester St Gloucester VA 23061 (enter for setup from York or Gloucester Street)
WHY: FUN, FUN, FUN!
WHO to contact: call the Village Blacksmith @ 804-824-2631 for more info
HOW to register: register online here: https://www.gloucesterblacksmith.com/products/vendor-artisan-booth-fee Spaces are $90- 10" x10" with reasonable "elbow room" and can be staked down. Electricity is available for an additional $15
Vendors are encouraged to apply immediately as these are the only vendor spaces remaining in conjunction with the Daffodil Festival and they sell out quickly.