Fans of local farmers markets and frequenters of local artists’ gallery shows will have common ground this weekend.
Delectable Spectacle-billed as a pop-up holiday handmade market-will feature edible items from Chattanooga-area farms, fashionable jewelry, apparel, ceramics and other artwork, and a palatable menu of refreshments prepared by Ann Keener, co-owner of soon-to-open cafe The Farmer’s Daughter.
Local artist co-op Artifact will host the two-day event at its studio space near Warner Park, located at 1080B Duncan Ave. The event will be from 5 to 9 on Friday and 10 to 8 on Saturday.
Anderson Bailey, a Delectable Spectacle organizer and one of the participating artists, recalled the success of 2011’s market, which was its inaugural year.
“It was the brainchild of Ann Keener from The Farmer’s Daughter,” he explained. “Her whole M.O. is supporting local farmers and artists, and this is a way of integrating it all together.”
Though last year’s event was held at Keener’s home, this year, the open gallery space at Artifact will serve as a market, showroom, dining room and hangout for a crowd of artists, crafters, foodies and local enthusiasts.
On the program are vintage and retro apparel and screenprinted pieces from Sweet Cycle, Forget Me Knot, Garuda Screenprinting and Wonder Thunder; hand-blown glass from Prentice Hicks; functional and decorative ceramics and items from Bailey and Sparkle Plenty; giftable soaps from 423 Soaps; and preserves and other foodstuffs from Keener and Fox Peace Farm, along with book art, furniture, ironwork and many more examples of Chattanooga’s trademark creativity.
In addition to Keener’s on-the-spot cooking, which will likely involve her crowd favorites, pot stickers and Asian pancakes, the participating artists and farmers will each bring a dish, potluck-style. Shoppers 21 and older can also enjoy wine at the event.
“It’s important to realize this is all the same idea. Putting [food and art] together shows you that the two go hand in hand,” Bailey said. “Supporting local food and supporting local artists does so much for the community.”
Updated @ 10 a.m. on 12/6/12 to add the specific hours of the event.