A new, bigger space in the Southern Bleachery development of Taylors Mill means an even bigger party for Makers Collective Indie Craft Parade’s ninth year, Sept. 14-16.
And it’s not a party without good food.
“Anybody that went to the festival the first year, they’ll remember we had more food,” says Indie Craft Parade co-founder Lib Ramos. “Our popularity grew, and the art pushed the food out of the way. We’re super excited to add back the food component.”
In recent years, the festival had space inside the Huguenot Loft in downtown Greenville for only two food vendors, but now with the newly redeveloped building in Taylors at 232 Mill St. designed for their needs, including a full commercial kitchen and expansive outdoor space, it will have eight local vendors offering a variety of options.
“The food will be outside in front of the venue, like a mini food festival,” Ramos says. “We want people to enjoy their time at the festival.”
Ramos says that because no restaurants are within walking distance until The Farehouse opens in Taylors Mill, they’re hoping having food options on site will allow guests to stay and enjoy the festival for longer than they’ve been able to in the past.
Those vendors for Saturday and Sunday are Southern Pressed Juicery, Bossy Baker, Methodical Coffee, Vita Nova Coffee and Tea House, Golden Brown & Delicious, The Nomadik Few, Resident Dogs, and Meat and Tree.
“Some of them, like Methodical, Southern Pressed Juicery, and GB&D, have been longtime partners,” says co-founder Jen Moreau, who is organizing the food vendors. “Others, like Bossy Baker and The Nomadik Few, have been friends for a while, but we just haven’t had room to include them. Finally, we needed to round out the offerings, so we brought in Meat and Tree, Vita Nova, and Resident Dogs because we felt they had really good offerings for our attendees.”
Additionally, on Friday night, for the ticketed opening party called the First Dibs Party, Bacon Bros. Public House will serve up a special menu of small bites alongside Taylors Mill neighbor 13 Stripes Brewery’s limited edition beer brewed specifically for Indie Craft Parade.
“We picked partners who trust us to be able to know we’re going to pull this off,” Ramos says, alluding to the challenge of moving the festival to a new venue in a lesser-known area of town.
All of these food and beverage vendors, in keeping with the spirit of the Makers festival, are local entrepreneurs.
“We’re really excited that these are food vendors from across the Greenville area, all with unique stories and goals for the food scene in Greenville,” Moreau says.
Meat and Tree has already planned its menu, and the others have provided an idea of what they will be offering.
Meat and Tree
Smoked pulled-pork sandwich with marinated coleslaw and choice of scratch-made sauce; smoked chicken sandwich with marinated coleslaw and ’Bama white barbecue sauce; barbecue bowl with pulled pork, cheesy new potatoes, barbecue baked beans and choice of scratch-made sauce; and homemade banana pudding.
Savory galettes, pies, and pastries, with some gluten-free and vegan options.
Hot and cold espresso drinks.
Vita Nova Coffee and Tea House
Teas, specialty lemonades, and Italian sodas.
Golden Brown & Delicious
The GB&D burger, various sandwiches, and donuts.
The Nomadik Few
Assorted flavors of shaved ice.
Southern Pressed Juicery
Assorted bottled juices.
Variety of specialty hot dogs.
For tickets to the First Dibs Party and a daily schedule, visit makerscollective.org.