Get Ready for Our Second Annual Winter Gift Fair!

Posted on Oct 4, 2011

Blue Oven is planing its second annual Winter Gift Fair!  The Fair will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 3pm-7pm in the Sun Center, Downtown Gainesville.

The purpose of the Winter Gift Fair is to educate our North Central Florida community about the importance of “buying local” and to encourage our community to keep its holiday gift and goodie dollars circulating among local artisans, farmers, food entrepreneurs, and vendors.  Think outside the big-box giftbox this holiday season and buy locally – buy differently.

Vendor spaces are still available for the Winter Gift Fair.  All vendors MUST be local to North Central Florida (businesses must independent – not a franchise – and locally-owned).  Please download the application below and email to and send in your payment directly to the address listed on the application.  Tabling fees benefit Blue Oven Kitchens.

Have a local and independent business but can’t make the Fair? Participate by allowing Blue Oven Kitchens to sell Winter Gift Fair gift certificates on your business’ behalf.  Each certificate is serial numbered and a letter with information about each gift certificate sold will be sent to your business with a check within a week after the Fair.  Ten percent of the total amount of each gift certificate will become a donation to Blue Oven Kitchens and will be deducted from your check total.

More information can be obtained by contacting Val Leitner at or 352.278.7518.

Blue Oven Kitchens Inc. is a not-for-profit kitchen incubator serving North Central Florida.  Its mission is to foster a whole-system approach to the sustainable growth of the North Central Florida food system by providing and promoting foodways, foodshed, food economics, and food safety research and education; and by incubating local food-based entrepreneurs.


Winter Gift Fair PSA

Remember that Blue Oven and Slow Food Gainesville are conducting the Buy Local North Central Florida campaign.  Check it out at!

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