At the 2012 Holiday Market in Boston, I met Sara. She volunteered at the event, and endeared herself to me over the course of those exciting, busy and fun eight hours. She cares so much about small makers and this event just wouldn’t happen without her (or people like her)! Read about her volunteer experience and, if you’d like, email us to volunteer. Volunteers get free admission to the event and a bit of time to shop and visit with makers. Merci! -Maggie
I’m breaking my “no talking about the holidays until after Thanksgiving” rule, because there’s something that’s got me very excited for the holiday season. Last year, I participated at Eat Boutique’s Holiday Market as a volunteer, and the second it was over, I remember thinking to myself, ‘I’ll totally do this again next year!’
It was an amazing and gratifying experience to help make Eat Boutique’s Holiday Market a reality. The space was gorgeously decorated and filled with excited food makers eager to share their product with Boston food fans. I recall palpable excitement from vendors, volunteers, and organizers as the event kicked off, doors opened, guests filled the space, and the buzz of people talking about all things food filled the air.
There’s something for everyone at Eat Boutique’s Holiday Markets – cookies, chocolates, and caramels for the sweet tooth in your family; infused salts, rubs, and seasonings for the chef or barbecue enthusiast; mustards, chutneys, and cheeses for lovers of all things charcuterie; and syrups and libations for the at-home mixologist (that’s me). It was fun to help people find that “special something” for the person on their gift list … or maybe just for themselves. This year, I’m very excited to help people pack, wrap and ship their gifts to their loved ones right at the market!
It’s a truly wonderful feeling knowing that by volunteering, you’re directly helping build business for small batch food makers who dedicate their time and love to their carefully crafted product. I can’t wait to feel that excitement and full-heartedness again this year at the 2013 Eat Boutique Boston Holiday Market. I hope you’ll join me.
The Eat Boutique Boston Holiday Market is on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Add your email address to this list to be the first to know when tickets go on sale for our annual holiday event! We look forward to shopping and sampling with you.
Photos courtesy of Heidi/White Loft Studios.
Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order in the Eat Boutique Shop. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.
Eat Boutique was an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista – an author, business guide and alignment seeker. After hosting retail markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie now supports entrepreneurs as they create values-based businesses through We Are Magic Studio. Follow Maggie Battista on Instagram.