Craftproducers proudly presents the 39th Annual Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival. As usual it will be the jewel in the crown of an ever-expanding Bennington Arts Weekend, August 4-6. The Art and Craft Festival itself will be held at Camelot Village on Route 9 about two miles west of downtown Bennington, VT. 125 artists, artisans, and specialty food producers will showcase their creations under spacious Camelot tents. Along with craft shopping, the ambiance is festive: live music, craft demos, kids' activities, and a varied food court, serving a menu to please any palate and featuring Vermont Craft beers.
Art and Craft aficionados enjoy the intimacy of the show with many tourists booking their Vermontsummer vacations to coincide with this weekend. The Festival connects both the artist and the customer in a unique relationship: the buyer gets to know the maker of the product, hear the story about how it's made, and learns about the artisan and his/her life. Today, the Festival thrives on uniting the shopper and the "maker." Legions of day trippers from Albany/Saratoga and the Berkshires rarely miss the chance to visit their favorite "crafter" again.
While the Craft Festival is taking place at Camelot Village, the Town of Bennington is busy and bustling with Vermont craft beer on tap and food vendors offering local farm to table fare. On Friday downtown is alive with First Friday. On Saturday, August 5, the Homebrew Festival takes place at The Four Corners North with a free shuttle running to the craft show at Camelot Village. The Home Brew Festival winners will be at the Craft Show on Sunday for a question and answer session with five home brewers and to sample their unique creations. Sunday is also Healing Arts Day with presentations of yoga, mindfulness, acupuncture, and massage.
The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival runs 10-5 on Friday and Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Adult admission is $8 and kids and parking are free. No pets. Complete info can be found at www.craftproducers.com. Advance sale discount tickets can be purchased there.
So, come spend the weekend. Explore Vermont's "first town." Relax, and enjoy the full spectrum of what Bennington offers on its Arts Weekend https://www.bennington.com/news/southern-vermont-art-and-craft-festival-experience.