Attention stallholders and medieval merchants!
Do you have a line of medieval food, arts or crafts, or medieval weapons you want to sell? Then the 2018 Abbey Medieval Festival is an opportunity you should not miss!
Our applications are closed for 2017, however, stallholders interested in attending Abbey Medieval Festival in 2018, please fill out an expression of interest form below:
Merchants and stallholders selling or demonstrating their wares at our market is one of the most popular parts of the Abbey Medieval Festival. Around 60 carefully selected stallholders take part, whether selling medieval food, arts, crafts or weapons such as medieval swords or shields.
The Abbey Medieval Festival period covers a thousand years – from AD 600 to 1600 – so it allows a variety of re-enactment arts and crafts. You need to make a general historical reference to this time in your application. Please make sure you have read the participant guidelines.
Our aim is to provide an authentic medieval marketplace, so we set high standards for our merchants, crafts persons or artisans. We are constantly improving to keep our reputation as Australia’s most authentic event.
Most merchants are aware of the rigorous guidelines we use to determine who we invite back. With over 30,000 visitors annually, we welcome new merchants and crafts persons to our market. Participation will be on a first-come, first-accepted process, providing you meet our strict criteria.
So if you are a merchant or craft person selling or demonstrating wares that were part of the artistic heritage of the Middle Ages, we want you! Here are some examples of our stallholders skills:
- Book binding
- Metalwork and blacksmithing
- Armour and weapons
- Enamel work
- Carving in wood, bone, antler and ivory
- Stained glass
- Painting in fresco, tempera and oils
- Embroidery and other textile arts
- Spinning, weaving and dying
- Tablet weaving
- Braid making
We especially welcome purveyors of crafts that are specifically medieval, such as pilgrim badge makers, potters making authentic medieval pottery, costumers in the style of the period, armourers, and so on.
The Abbey Medieval Festival Committee reserves the right to discourage an uneven number of merchants, crafts persons or food vendors demonstrating the same craft or art.
Demonstrators of crafts need to use materials of the period; for instance, card-weaving displays should have cards of appropriate materials, such as leather, bone or wood. Modern playing cards used in tablet weaving displays are not in keeping with our medieval theme and are not acceptable.
We accept that some crafts may need to use some modern tools and materials; however, these should be kept to a minimum and if possible out of sight of the public. Blatantly modern items are not in keeping with our medieval theme and should be hidden or eliminated.
The Abbey Medieval Festival Committee provides more detailed guidelines for vendors wishing to become traders at the Festival and Tournament on request. If you have previously attended this event you will be familiar with the standards we expect. However, each year we ask traders to work a little harder to become an authentic participant.
If you have any questions please contact the Stallholder Coordinator.