We?ve fallen victim to our fair share of owl-clad tchotchkes at craft fairs gone by, but our aesthetic has since moved past embroidered potholders. Good thing there?s a new fair that?s keeping up.
Bellwether is an outdoor market debuting this weekend at The Hideout in Noble Square.
The event goes beyond traditional craft or vintage fairs with a more sophisticated array of handmade local goods, plus top-shelf cocktails and food, and an entertainment lineup of DJs, bands and speakers that?s clearly been curated for grown-ups. ??
With your Death?s Door gin cocktail in hand, shop for a DIY terrarium from Fleur, buy beautiful bars of super skin-nourishing goat-milk soap from Gretta?s Goats or stop by the warehouse stage to make your own geometric chandelier sculpture out of paper with Essimar. (See a full list of vendors here.) ??
A battalion of food trucks will keep hunger pangs at bay; snag a picnic table and sit down with a bowl of small-batch vegetarian asparagus vichyssoise from Karl?s Craft Soup or fill up on mini doughnuts topped with strawberry-and-Nutella sauce from Beavers. ??
After all, you?ll need your strength for the market's afternoon yarn-spinning workshop.
??June 8 and 9, suggested donation $10. The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; followbellwether.com