Marketplace brings the artistry of the world to the Florida Folk Festival. In some instances, the vendors are themselves both the importers and the makers of traditional crafts. They may be new settlers whose booths help to support traditional artists in Guatemala or importers of exquisite beads from around the world. Whether as book and music publishers or the makers of instruments or accessories for musicians, Marketplace vendors keep the natural and cultural history of Florida alive, and showcase the state's cultural connections with the world.
We're currently working to plan the 2019 festival. Listed is a sampling of vendors appearing at previous festivals.
Arte Mexico has regional arts and crafts from Mexico, including Taxco silver, Talavera ceramics, tins and tile, Oaxacan carved and painted wooden animals, black pottery, carved wooden masks, Amate paper drawings, jewelry, paper mache, and cotton hammocks.
Tom Levine of Defiant Worm Books is a Florida writer with two books – “Paradise Interrupted” celebrating natural Florida and “Bite Me!” a collection of his best fishing stories
Floridana Stuff Co. sells used books, used sheet music and related items mostly about music, Florida, folklore, crafts and related topics
Ginger Tendl sells vintage guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle stringed instruments and accessories, typically from 1950-2000. Florida related art, and collection of folk music vinyl records, including florida artists Gamble Rogers and other current or prior performers at folk festivals
The Land of Flowers sells prints, notecards and other merchandise created from original hand colored postcards of Florida from the turn of the last century artistically framed by antique textiles from the same period, recordings of original Florida folk music created and performed
VioStrap has straps for violins, ukuleles, mandolins, and bodhrans