The eagerly awaited return of Whitefriars food and Craft pop up shop has recently happened in Canterbury. Over the past 7 weeks it has been host to 30 artisan crafts people and food producers all of which are from Kent. The shop has been so successful it is now in its 3rd year of popping up this Kentish Cathedral City with many of the same traders returning year on year. The shop is situated in the Marlow Arcade which is the same area as last year but on the opposite side between Phase Eight and Ecco.
The opening times are 10am - 5pm Monday – Saturday.
The pop up has a varied range of small Kentish businesses including food and handmade items, all of which really does display the high quality of local talent we have here in Kent from the design and creativity to the quality of the finished products.
Despite it being a cliché; there really is something for everyone. Some of the wonderful Kentish work includes the likes of Chilli Affair – a home grown chilli enthusiast selling all things chilli. There are even samples of the chilli chocolate (a very good reason to visit). There is beautiful wire crocheted jewellery and handmade lamp bead jewellery from Ellabee. Vintage inspired full circle skirts and headscarves from Aye Aye in bold, fun prints can also be found. Whimsical cards, sketch books and wrapping paper to add that touch of fantasy to any gift are available from made in Pixieland. Beautiful quilts from Poppykins, British wildlife inspired jewellery, prints, cards and cushions from Lucy Alice Designs, hand blended teas by Rosie Lee Tea, driftwood signs by Shells Driftwood, hand poured candles by CCA Designs and you can even buy kits to sew your own creations from Sew Brilliant Kits to name a handful of traders.
Originally intended to stay open for 6 weeks, this pop-up-shop has done brilliantly to stay on longer, with a week or two more expected... so show your support for Kentish Businesses and check it out while it's still there!
Visit the Whitefriars Food & Craft Facebook page for updates and information.
Many thanks to this week's Guest Blogger: Melissa Dawkins, of Aye Aye!
"I create handmade clothing for ladies and children that have a retro alternative style. I use a combination of modern and vintage fabrics to achieve my fun, quirky, bold style. My business is called Aye Aye and you will regularly find me at craft fairs and events across Kent. I also write a blog called Aye Aye too. I like to share updates about my business, craft tutorials, fun things to do with the family (mum of one & step mum of another) and I have a section on Kent! I am from Herne Bay but live in Ashford now so I enjoy writing about all of the wonderful things that these towns have to offer as well as other things I get up to in Kent. This interest in all things Kentish made being a guest blogger for Keep it in Kent very appealing to me and I hope you like what I write." (Photo credit: The Photography Co. Ashford)