When autumn approaches, that’s when the craft festival season begins in earnest. The 34th Annual Stowe Foliage Arts Festival is the absolute apex of American Craft Week in Vermont. The Festival will be held October 7 through 9 at the Topnotch Field about four miles north of the Routes 100 and 108 intersection in the Village of Stowe.
According to organizers of American Craft Week, “While other industry associations have long touted their products, the craft industry has lacked a single way to be highly visible. Along with craft organizations across the USA, Vermont is a leader in supporting American Craft Week. American Craft Week is held 16 days in October and the hope is to educate more people about the importance of American craftsmen and women. Crafts enrich our homes, wardrobes, offices and public spaces. The crafts industry contributes to our nation’s economy and the fabric of our national history. Craftwork is original, beautiful and enduring.”
Attending the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of American Craft. Every day thousands of American artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. Craft show patrons demonstrate their love of these items by coming to the shows, meeting the artists, and buying handmade products. As one craft artist put it, “this is the creative economy!”
The Stowe show features 150 artists and artisans displaying and selling traditional and contemporary crafts and original art as well as a specialty food tent. Exhibitors are housed in large Camelot tents, tents transformed into veritable cathedrals of creativity. Works include pottery, leather, blown and stained glass, clothing, graphics, original art, photography, and specialty food products including wines and spirits.
Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa, in the heart of Stowe, Vermont — where over 30 shops and restaurants await — and with easy proximity to the Stowe ski area and the historic village, invites families and friends to relax and reconnect while enjoying all the year-round resort and Stowe have to offer. Stoweflake’s world-class spa offers wellness programs, therapeutic treatments, and salon services. Delicious dining awaits at Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant, where the menu is inspired by the fresh flavors of Vermont.
While craft shopping, customers are delighted with culinary choices served by local restaurants and food trucks. The Culinary Court will feature local vendors serving a wide range of delicious treats, many prepared with Vermont products. This year Idletyme Brewing Company from Stowe, VT will showcase its craft beers. Live music will be played here too with The Spencer Lewis Trio featuring Chuck Eller on Friday, Two Cents In the Till on Saturday, and the Storm Cats on Sunday.
Besides savoring Vermont food and drink, there are many craft demos, a Vermont Cheese and Sausage Tent, and a wacky comic juggler, Brent McCoy, whose show is called the Real McCoy, He will dazzle his audience with his physical prowess and bring a few smiles and chuckles to those watching. The craft demos will feature Harry Besset, a glass blower from Hardwick, VT and Richard Foye, a Raku potter from Newfane, VT. Their intriguing demos showcase not only their immense talent but also their subtle wit.