At the end of July, I got to spend a Saturday surrounded by crafty and creative people at The Island Mavins Handmade and Vintage Market. There were over 40 vendors this year, and the final tally showed that over 2000 people visited the market over the weekend - what an incredible turnout! This was my second time photographing Island Mavins, and I had just as much fun documenting the first day of event this year as I did last year - I can't wait for next year's market! Here are a few of my favourite photos from Saturday.
On December 6th, Kristen and I attended our first Gather Victoria event. Jennifer and Danielle from Gather focus on teaching wild food identification, harvesting and preserving/preparation. They believe that eating local and wild is not only good for us and the environment but that it is also delicious, and we certainly agree!
Being 'that' time of year, this workshop took on the festive theme of conifers and delved into their nutritious and medicinal properties. We started with a short walk to identify the three types of conifers we would be learning about: Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir, and Grand Fir. Along the way we also learned about a few other edible plants along the way: Oregon Grape and Barberry.
Back in the classroom, we learned how to strip the needles off of the evergreen branches, and which needles are best for different medicinal and culinary purposes. We mixed together our own seasoned salts and sugars, helped prepare a tonic, and exercised our own creativity in preparing our personal loose tea mixes with conifer needles as well as some other wild edibles that Jennifer and Danielle had previously harvested.
Not only did we get to take home recipes for all our culinary creations, we also got to enjoy tea and baked treats, candies, jellies, and honey that incorporated conifers and other local wild edibles. Everything was delicious, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with Jennifer and Danielle. They are hosting another workshop in the spring and we can't wait!
Back in July I had the pleasure of photographing day one of the 4th annual Island Mavins Vintage Market. It was so much fun; I got to meet a bunch of fabulous people (vendors and visitors alike) as well as see some awesome vintage and handmade treasures. Tayrex Food Truck kept everyone well-fed and Mile Zero provided live music. Here are some of my favourite photos of the day. If you didn't make it out this year, hopefully these photos will entice you to go next year!
For a list of all the vendors who were at this year's Island Mavins, click here.