F&B News


Hi. I’m Carys, creator of craft BEERings. I’m a Colchester based craft beer drinking, earring addict and recycling enthusiast!

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June 4, 2023 0

My 1st Craft Fair by Joe & Anna Marketplace

I recall the memory vividly, as if it happened just yesterday. Arriving early in the morning, I found myself at the building while darkness still enveloped the surroundings. Carefully unloading my car, I began setting up my table. This marked my very first craft fair experience. Nervousness tingled within me. Nevertheless, I summoned the courage to push aside my anxiety and proudly showcase my handmade products to the public.

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May 23, 2023 0

La Vista Designed Interiors

Anna Maria is the owner of La Vista Designed Interiors, an independent interior design studio based in Leigh, specialising in designing forever homes.

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May 23, 2023 0

Gallerie Schmetterling

It all started during lockdown as so many of these things do. I had given up full time work due to ill health at the end of 2019 and then lost my mother and 2 other close family members in 2020. My coping method was walking. And walking. And walking. I started taking photographs of things that I saw out and about. First on my phone, then on a small camera that I could hide in my pocket so that other walkers wouldn’t judge me but then finally on my old wedding cameras.

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May 22, 2023 0

Benefits of Shopping Local

In today’s interconnected world, the significance of shopping local has gained remarkable traction. This blog aims to explore the multifaceted benefits of shopping local, with a particular focus on three key aspects: strengthening the local economy, creating a personalised customer experience, and offering access to unique and high-quality products.

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May 17, 2023 0

The Business of Arts & Crafts

Thinking of starting your own arts and crafts business? From pottery to textiles, woodwork to jewellery, artisans across the world are turning their passions into successful businesses that reflect their individual artistic vision.

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May 15, 2023 0

10 Reasons Why Artisan Markets Are Worth Visiting

If you’re a small business that sells products at markets, I’ve put together a list of some helpful things I’ve learned along the way. If you have any more tips to add, let me know!

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April 18, 2023 0

Southend Beach & Sea Art

Hi. I am Jenny, I work full time in a local school, am a mum to a teenage boy and in my spare time, I love to paint!

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March 17, 2023 0

Paints Preserve Us

My name is Edwina Jordan, I live in Chelmsford, Essex and love anything to do with home decor.

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March 14, 2023 0

Yu Lan Burkmar

Yu Lan’s father is a Jade specialist in Taiwan and she came to England in 1997 to study jewellery design with a view of helping him in his business.

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March 13, 2023 0

Things to do in advance of a market!

If you’re a small business that sells products at markets, I’ve put together a list of some helpful things I’ve learned along the way. If you have any more tips to add, let me know!

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March 10, 2023 0

Sandra Hall Ceramics

Personal story.. Went to one term of evening classes at a local school and was then completely hooked on clay!

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March 9, 2023 0

Event Photos

We aren’t a traditional market, or a local craft fair or art exhibition… we are different. We are small business supporting small businesses! We want to change the way people shop & explore all the indie makers that exist right on our doorstep. We had over 40 makers, artists, designers and small businesses take part last weekend and I can’t wait until the next event. So much small business success is determined by the people you surround yourself with. I’m so fortunate to have such amazing craftspeople as part of Folk & Bespoke, who bring heaps of positivity to my events! I’m constantly inspired by your passion, drive and creativity and it’s so lovely getting to know each and every one of you. Here’s how our events have unfolded so far.

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January 31, 2023 0

Peace and candlelight: Celebrating the winter solstice

The winter solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year and an event that’s well worth celebrating. If you’ve never done anything special to mark the date before, why not try one of my ideas to help you bring a little light into that darkness?

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January 8, 2023 0

Aromatherapy: Your solution to aches and joint pain this winter

During the winter months, we all need that little extra TLC. Flu, colds and sickness bugs are rife and with those illnesses come aches and pains. However, you needn’t have to suffer. Whether you’re battling a winter bug or you’re just feeling a little tired and rundown, aromatherapy and essential oils can help. Found within some of my scented candles, and other types of skincare and body-care products, here’s some tips and ideas of power products to sort you out!

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November 27, 2022 0

6 ways to settle into Autumn…now it’s well and truly arrived!

Autumn is such a beautiful, romantic time of year. Most of us have very clear ideas about what should fill those long fall days. What does autumn look and feel like to you?

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November 21, 2022 0

Mindful Gifting

Taking a mindful approach to gift giving is less about the gifts themselves and more about the thought behind them. It is about bringing thought and care to what we are giving, to the person we are giving to, and to the act of giving itself. When it comes to gifting, this might look like shopping locally or it could mean gifting a virtual service. It could look like gifting generously financially or it could mean offering our love, attentiveness, or service.

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November 10, 2022 0


Hygge (pronounced Hoo-guh or Hoo-ga)…ever googled it before? I certainly have as it seems to be a bit of a buzz word of late.

I’m feeling the chill and gradually forgetting the warm Ceret sunshine that I was lucky enough to indulge in and miss so much. I think we all need a bit of hygge in our lives, as these chilly Autumnal mornings and evenings creep in.

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November 2, 2022 0

Leigh Community Centre Craft Fair, Saturday 18th June 2022​

Hi everyone, so this is a little snap shot of what happened on Saturday at Leigh Community Centre Craft Fair on Saturday 18th June 2022​

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June 20, 2022 0

About me…

Hi everyone, hope you are well and having a good week? It’s been so hectic here of late, but I’ve decided to take some time to tell you a little bit more about me! As you know, my name is Katy and I am married to Mick and have 2 children, Anna and Joseph. I live in Chalkwell and also have a house in Ceret, France, where we can be found as much of the year as is possible!

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June 17, 2022 0