Danbury nonprofit schedules first Artisan Fest
Published 2:41 pm, Wednesday, November 29, 2017
NEW MILFORD — American-made products will be front and center at the first Artisan Fest.
Organized by a new Danbury-based nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting American small businesses, the first Artisan Fest silent auction and fundraiser will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday at The Makery Coworking space at 20 Bank St.
The event will feature more than 80 live and online auction items from 64 different American small businesses, including many from the local area. Admission is free.
In addition to promoting the small businesses involved, the auction will also benefit All New American, a nonprofit that gives grants and other financial incentives to small businesses. All New American has awarded space to participate in American Field, one of the largest pop-up venues for American-made products.
“We help small businesses become bigger and better,” said Kimberly Reddington, co-founder of All New American.
The Artisan Fest on Saturday will feature live demonstrations from several local small businesses such as Litchfield Distillery, 3Dux Design of Fairfield, Luke’s Toy Factory of Danbury, Noteworthy Chocolates of Bethel and Holley Knives of Lakeville.
Litchfield Distillery founders David and Jake Baker will be on hand to talk about and offer tastings of the craft spirits they make.
“It’s important to see and meet the people behind the brands,” Reddington said. “There’s a power to telling the story behind the brands.”
Reddington co-founded All New American with Danbury’s Elizabeth Barek.
“We ended up starting something we are both truly passionate about,” Reddington said.
The event will start as an online auction on Friday and continue Saturday with the Artisan Fest. Each of the items available at the auction may be viewed at www.allnewamerican.com.
Reddington said The Makery Coworking is the ideal place to hold the event as it fosters creativity and promotes small businesses. Tony Vengrove opened The Makery Coworking in late 2016 as a place where entrepreneurs and makers may rent space to conduct business with other like-minded people.
“They generously donated the space and we’re excited to be working with them,” Reddington said.
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