In November 2018, the Rotary Club of Gympie hosted it’s inaugural Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo, in conjunction with it’s prestigious Quilt & Craft Spectacular. What a weekend we had! With over 35 exhibitors of ancient crafts and heritage trades, with inspiring demonstrations by skilled artisans and tradespeople, and with markets and lots of old-fashioned camaraderie, the event was a roaring success.
Plans for the next Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo are well underway, with many exhibitors and demonstrators coming onboard! The event will be held in the stadium in Gympie Showgrounds, alongside the Quilt & Craft Spectacular,
Meet the Makers: October 31 – November 1, 2020. Stadium, Gympie Showgrounds
Keep checking this website for updates – exhibitors, highlights, demonstrations, workshops etc.
Join us for a weekend – or a day – to enjoy this event! Over 40 skilled artisans of heritage crafts will be demonstrating continuously over the weekend – a collective expo featuring makers of the traditional trades and domestic craft of yesteryear, once the foundation on which our communities were built and integral to daily living.
Meet: Woodworkers and Carvers; Spoonsmiths; Luthers; Lapidarists; Silversmiths; Lacemakers; Beekeepers; a Ceramicist; a Harpmaker; a Gilder; Blacksmiths; a Shingle Splitter; Penmaker; Basketweavers; a Glassblower; a Tinsmith; Spinners; a Papermaker; Mosaic artist and even more – all gathered in one arena and keen to share their knowledge and their passion in their craft with you.
See: displays of vintage tools and antique machinery – there’s a surprise or two in the pipeline.
Indulge: Traditional dampers and tea, or….. there’s even craft beer to enjoy!
Come and meet the makers, say g’day:
The Rotary Club of Gympie has, for many years, been proudly presenting it’s prestigious biennial Quilt & Craft Spectacular, an increasingly significant and impactful regional event. Now attracting visitors, exhibitors and artisans from throughout South East Queensland – from the Gold Coast through Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast and north to Maryborough, Childers and Hervey Bay – the event is considered one of the biggest in South East Queensland. The event 2020 is shaping up to be a big one – be sure to put these dates on your “must-do” calendar! Come along and see a showcase of over 180 traditional and contemporary quilts and art quilts by award winning quilters, professionals and those who just love to quilt! There’s also many highlights including inspiring artisan exhibits, free demonstrations, workshops and over 45 diverse quilters and crafters markets! October 31 & November 1, 2020 www.quiltandcraft.org
While at the Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo and Quilt & Craft Spectacular, you’re invited to come through the CRAFT BEER OPEN DOOR, a celebration of craft beer diversity and creativity. With tasting paddles, tasting notes and a range of quality craft brews to try – from gentle to WOW! – the event caters to both the already-devoted lovers of craft brews and those who are curious and want to discover a different style of beer enjoyment. With profits going to Little Haven Palliative Care, why not join us for some great camaraderie in a convivial atmosphere and enjoy sampling, tasting and discovering some interesting beer alternatives. Come on in! www.quiltandcraft.org/craft-beer-open-door/
* Entry to all for just 1 ticket price!
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Saturday, October 31, 2019 – 9.30am to 4pm
Sunday, November 1, 2019 – 9.30am to 3pm
The Pavilion, 77 Exhibition Rd, Southside Gympie, 4570
Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades is held the Pavilion’s stadium, alongside the Quilt & Craft Spectacular, held in the Pavilion. The Pavilion is wheelchair friendly and has a lift. There are handicapped toilets. Buses welcome, entry can be fast-tracked by groups.
Just $8 per adult, includes entry into:
Apologies to those who stood in queues last year! We were all a little overwhelmed, but will rectify this in the event 2020 – that’s a promise!
There will be plenty of food and coffee outlets throughout the venue.
All profits are donated to benefit worthy charities through the Rotary Club of Gympie – the main beneficiary of the Quilt & Craft Spectacular is Little Haven Palliative Care.