Eating professional tours Thornebrook art festival
By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor
Now this is the kind of assignment I could go for every day. It was a warm day Saturday at the Art Festival at Thornebrook. This two-day festival was highlighted by juried assessments of fine arts and fine crafts under covered walkways and on the grassy areas and plaza of Thornebrook Village. Touting 140 artists' booths and additional space for entertainment, children's activities, and food, I was particularly interested in seeing what gastronomic surprises awaited the GLOB Master as I circled the inner confines of Thornebrook Village.
What I discovered was carnival fare and fair treats--all those tasty food surprises you only allow yourself at outdoor events. Taste treat accolades to Girl Scout Troop 808, who sold a variety of delicious pastries, including wondrous bite-size key lime tarts. I also bought some spicy peanuts from a nut vendor to take to the Gator game that evening and share with my pals. This vendor also had some of the best candied pecans I've ever tried.
The Good thing was most of the food vendors were volunteering their time working for good causes from assisting the four legged bowsers of the world and in Gainesville in particular, to those girl scouts who were raising money to go to Europe to see how their European sisters do the 'Girl Scout dance.'
With 140 booths, there was an extensive collection of crafts and objet d'art: Jewelry sculptures, glow in the dark preserved jelly fish – real jelly fish!, hand turned wood, wood vases and bowls with inlaid designs, a beautiful bouquet of white flowers that were actually very old polished shell pieces, from fabric arts and to stained glass. Very original and beautiful work. I had the impression that it would be easy to get lost – in more ways than one -- among the maize of colors, art, and people.
It was a spectacular weekend event, a perfect beginning to the fall festival season. I'm going back to Art Festival at Thornebrook the next year.