Guests at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, set for April 22-23 at the Lexington Convention Center, are sure to find unique items from the best visual and craft artists in the state.
While visitors peruse the artwork on display in the exhibition hall, they can also enjoy tasty food products from Kentucky Proud vendors, like Lexington’s Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream. A perennial favorite among Market guests for the past three years, Crank and Boom is one of 12 Kentucky Proud exhibitors who will participate in The Market alongside dozens of adjudicated members of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program.
This year’s Market marks the 22nd year Kentucky Proud producers have been part of The Market.
“These food exhibitors are a show favorite, and it’s a great opportunity to showcase the culinary arts of our state,” said Lydia Bailey Brown, arts council executive director.
Kentucky Proud is the trademarked brand for Kentucky’s agricultural products grown and produced in Kentucky, and is a marketing initiative of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to promote the growers and makers of those products.
“Kentucky Crafted: The Market showcases the best of Kentucky arts and culture, and that includes our unique food culture,” Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “I encourage guests to visit the Kentucky Proud vendors and take home a piece of Kentucky.”
For Crank & Boom co-owner Toa Green, participating in The Market is fun and helps her business grow.
“We love that the whole show is celebrating Kentucky art, and it’s neat that you add the component of food,” Green said. “People who appreciate fine art also appreciate fine food, and it’s at The Market.”
In addition to longtime food vendors, The Market also introduces its guests to new food businesses, like Archetype Coffee. Owned by David Barnes, the Lexington-based micro roastery will make its Market debut this year.
“We know this is a big event,” Barnes said. “Obviously when you’re growing your brand, getting in front of a large crowd is helpful. People want locally crafted food items; there’s a big surge in that movement. It’s difficult to reach people solely online or by word of mouth, so we try to put ourselves in front of that traffic to ensure the greatest amount of exposure. The Kentucky Crafted philosophy of promoting Kentucky-made items parallels our own in product and customer base.”
The Kentucky Proud vendors are located in the north end of the convention center exhibit hall, and many vendors offer free samples of their product. Vendors at the 2017 Market include:
* Applecreek Specialty Foods, Lexington
* Archetype Coffee Co., Lexington
* Bev’s Best Brittle, Lexington
* Boone Creek Creamery, Lexington
* Cappy’s Caramel Corn, Paris
* Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream, Lexington
* Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, Danville
* Jun Bug Probiotic Honey Soda, Lexington
* Kentucky Bad Dog, Georgetown
* Larry Mac’s Cheese Spreads, Lexington
* Mother Mills Old-Fashioned Food Mixes, Springfield
* Shell-Bee’s, Louisville
The Market will be 9 a.m.-7 p.m. April 22 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 23 at the Lexington Convention Center.
Tickets, which include access to all exhibits and activities, are available at the door and are $12, with a $2 discount for seniors ages 62 and over, military members with identification and Kentucky state employees. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.
The Market is open to wholesale buyers on April 21.
For more information about Kentucky Crafted: The Market, visit the arts council’s website.
From Kentucky Arts Council Communications