The group that has been promoting and highlighting the craft industry since 2014 has reached out to craft producers and artisans and will engage in a series of tourism experiences, according to a press release issued today (April19).
Utilizing both natural and historical locations for inspiration, craft producers engaging in these experiences will be able to interact directly with visitors to the region.
“It is a great opportunity for producers to tell their stories and provide visitors an in-depth knowledge of how they create, what inspires them and how they interpret traditional patterns and skills in the creation of their craft & art,” the release states.
From rug hooking experiences to creating beauty products by foraging for ingredients on a botanical hike, these experiences create another reason people should visit the Bonavista Peninsula and stay a little longer.
In August, the province’s first Cultural Craft Festival will be held at the Sir William Ford Coaker Heritage Foundation located in the Heritage District of Port Union. There will be a line-up of craft demonstrations for tourists and livyers alike including glassblowing, the creation of craft beer, and seal skin demonstrations. The Wooden Boat Museum will be on hand to assemble a dory and demonstrate traditional heritage skills such as net-mending and how to cast a net.
The event will coincide with the Bonavista Biennale and with a street festival atmosphere, the planning committee is partnering with the food and music industry in Newfoundland & Labrador to ensure success.
“But make no mistake, our priority focus will be the promotion of quality craft and craft experiences for tourists and visitors coming to our region,” Cyndy Stead, cultural craft planner, said. “We are attracting craft producers and artisans that want an opportunity to sell their products and engage directly with the tourist marketplace.”
For more information on craft and tourism experiences or to get your vendor application, go to www.culturalcraft.com online.