This year’s annual Dublin Flea Christmas Market looks set to be the best one yet, as the 2018 market will feature 270 stalls spread over two weekends in December.
This is the first time that the beloved Christmas Flea will take place over two weekends, which is mainly due to its increasing popularity as last year over 35,000 people attended the market!
The free-to-enter event showcases heaps of Ireland’s up-and-coming designers, artists and more. There will be something for everyone at the stalls, from jewellery, fashion, furniture, homeware and more.
We’re particularly excited to see the artisan food producers at the market, who will be selling edible gifts for the festive season.
Keep your eyes peeled for Scéal Bakery who will be selling their handcrafted sourdough bread and pastries. Scéal was set up in 2016 by Charlotte and Shane, who met on the first day of their BA in Culinary Arts in 2010. The pair have worked to ensure that Scéal is recognised for its handcrafted sourdough and viennoiserie baked goods that are made by hand at the Spade Enterprise Centre in Smithfield. As well as their delicious pastries, there will also be exclusive festive jarred products on sale from Scéal at the Flea Market, like whiskey mincemeat, winter spiced apple jelly and more.
Pure Irish honey from UCD’s The Dublin Honey Project will also be available at the Flea Market. Run by architect Gearoid Carvill and photographer Kieran Harnett, The Dublin Honey Project aims to produce raw honey right here in Dublin. Both are keen beekeepers who want to create honey that reflects the unique setting in which its produced. The pair have set up various apiaries around Dublin and have produced honey from D1, D4, D6, D9 and D14. Look out for their beeswax and honey candles, as well as their honey, which will be available at the Dublin Christmas Flea Market this year.
White Mausu, well known for their delicious peanut rãyu, will also be at the Christmas Flea this year. Set up by Katie Sanderson, who grew up in Hong Kong, White Mausu specialises in Asian inspired sauces. As well as the cult favourite peanut rãyu, Katie will also be selling walnut miso, chilli ginger pickle and kimchi which are all exclusive to the Dublin Christmas Flea Market. Don't forget to try Katie's delicious rãyu bowls!
Organiser Sharon Green says that the Flea is a great way for people to support small local businesses this Christmas:
“We are providing a vibrant and alternative Christmas shopping experience with a festival feel, attracting thousands of people into the city centre. Our visitors get to browse a vast variety of stalls and purchase unique and personalised gifts from some of the best creative talent in the country.
By doing your Christmas shopping here, people do not only get the chance to buy unique quality gifts in a relaxed fun atmosphere they are also directly supporting up and coming Irish enterprise.”
The Dublin Christmas Flea Market takes place in Point Square, Dublin 1 over two weeks in December, Thursday 6th- Sunday 9th and Thursday 13th- Sunday 16th. To find out more about the Flea Market, visit their website here.