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THE biggest indoor craft event in the country in the largest indoor venue of its type in the lower North Island - and unlike any other staged in New Zealand.

That’s the special status assured the Feilding Craft Market at Manfeild Stadium, organiser Heather Philip suggests.

The huge turnout of treasure hunters also supports thought that an event that sets out to deliver the best New Zealand craftspeople have to offer has become a true destination occasion with a real wow factor.

This 2019 market, on June 7-8, is very comfortably set to maintain that flavour.

"There's no other market like it nationally," Mrs Philip says. "With more than 200 stalls of some of the best craft and products, this is a must-see."

She says the market draws makers, thinkers and artisans, who celebrate creativity and are skilled at transforming ideas into astounding creations. Little wonder, then, that visitors and stallholders come from all over the country.

"They love what they do," Mrs Philip says of the sellers. "They stand behind what they make and they enjoy meeting customers."

The craft market is, of course, now a double whammy, with another coming in October that’s is equally driven by artistic passion.

"These two markets are kind of a big deal. We put a lot of effort into sourcing the products and the artisans to keep it exciting; when you visit we want you to discover something new."

The mid-year market’s history goes back 30 years yet each year it keeps growing and "there are surprises for us every time it is on" Mrs Philip says.

"Today we’re delving into art and design with trends now focusing on craftsmanship. Handcrafting is at the top of the list."

Mrs Philip says there is a growing desire for "those one-off pieces that are statements and that last as long as our memories."

The market is open from 9am to 4pm both days with a $8 admission fee.

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