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30th Annual Meaford Apple Harvest Craft Show: October 5 & 6, 2013

Meaford Apple Harvest Craft ShowFor more than a quarter of a century, craft lovers have flocked to Meaford during Apple Season to take in the huge assortment of quality handcrafted goods at the Apple Harvest Craft Show.  Now in their 30th year, the festival will be held on October 5th and 6th, 2013 (Saturday & Sunday) at the Meaford Arean & Curling Club.

Come on out and experience more than 200 exhibits featuring needlework, leather, blacksmithing, woodworking, colonial tinware, wooden and stuffed toys, collectibles, stained glass, pottery, folk art, paintings in various media, photography, and much, much more.

Meaford Apple Harvest Craft ShowWe will be there with a great selection of our handcrafted spice mills (they grind pepper, salt and spices) and spice bowls.  See you there!

About the show:

  • Meaford Apple Harvest Craft Show
  • Saturday October 5, 2013 (10am to 6pm) and Sunday October 6, 2013 (10am to 5pm)
  • Meaford Arena & Curling Club
  • 130 Collingwood Street West, Meaford, Ontario
  • Admission: $5.00 Children under 12 $1.00
  • More info at

Tara Festival of Crafts: October 18 & 19, 2013

With over 170 artisan and craft exhibits, the Tara Festival of Crafts is one of the regions premier craft shows. With a huge selection of one of a kind items, it’s an ideal place to start your Christmas shopping.

Tara Festival of CraftsWe will be there with a great selection of our unique handmade spice mills (made to grind not only peppercorns, but salt and spices too), spice funnels and spice bowls. Look for us under the banner in booth 100.

Now in it’s 31st year, the Tara Festival of Crafts takes place Friday October 18th (1pm to 9pm) and Saturday October 19 (10am to 5pm) at the Tara – Arran Community Centre (Tara,Ontario). Hot lunch and homemade baked goods will also be available. For more information, visit the festival website at

More new mills just in time for Bindertwine

New pepper and spice mills from Spicemills.caWe are just putting the final of seven hand rubbed coats of our special earth friendly oil to a batch of new mills…  just in time for this weekends Bindrtwine festival in Kleinburg.

This new collection of mills includes some wood favourites that were recently sold out, as well as some unusual exotic species.  Among many others, we’ll have new mills for the show made from curly red maple, granadillo, chechen (mexican rosewood), magnolia, olive ash, papuan walnut, spalted maple, pear, narra (amboyna) and some of the most intense birdseye and maple burl we’ve seen in a while.

The fun continues this year on Saturday September 7, 2013 with an exciting day filled with unique crafts, great entertainment, and great food. Gates open at 9 a.m. Admission prices are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and teenagers, and $2 for children aged 2 to 12. However, if you come dressed in pioneer costume in keeping with the spirit of the festival, admission is free! The entire site is wheelchair accessible.

Click here for more details about this great annual event!

Kleinburg’s Bindetwine Festival: Saturday September 7, 2013

Binder Twine Festival in KleinburgJoin us on Saturday September 7, 2013 for Bindertwine!

An annual Kleinburg highlight in September is the Binder Twine Festival. It began in the late 1800’s when farmers came to the community to buy twine to bind their sheaves of wheat together. Charlie Shaw, owner of Shaw’s Hardware Store in Kleinburg, offered food and entertainment to the visiting farmers and an annual celebration was born. In 1967, a small committee revived the concept of Binder Twine as Kleinburg’s centennial project. It was so successful that it once again became an annual event. Occurring on the first Saturday after Labour Day, this exciting festival features juried craft exhibitors, great food and entertainment. It is organized and run entirely by over 800 volunteers from the community. Its success has resulted in benefits to the community, such as Binder Twine Park, support for local schools and clubs, new street signage, Kleinburg New Forest, and much more! There is a very special spirit of cooperation and celebration – “a community brought together with a common goal”

The fun continues this year on Saturday September 7, 2013 with an exciting day filled with unique crafts, great entertainment, and great food. Gates open at 9 a.m. Admission prices are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and teenagers, and $2 for children aged 2 to 12. However, if you come dressed in pioneer costume in keeping with the spirit of the festival, admission is free! The entire site is wheelchair accessible.


We will be there under the tent with a great selection of handcrafted artisan spice mills (they will grind pepper, salt and spice), spice bowls, and our fragrant and flavourful hand-blended peppercorns. We hope to see you there!

Click here for more information about Kleinburg’s Binder Twine Festival.

Summerfolk 2013: Aug 16-18 at Summerfolk Music & Crafts FestivalSummerfolk Music & Crafts FestivalMark August 16th, 17th and 18th on your calendars and join us at the 38th annual Summerfolk Music Festival.  Presented by the Georgian Bay Folk society, this outstanding festival is held at beautiful Kelso Beach Park on Georgian Bay in Owen Sound.  As always, the festival is a great weekend to share the love of folk inspired music, fine craft, food and friends (both old and new).

As long time patrons of this festival we have always admired the quality and diversity of the of the work displayed in the artisan village, and are delighted to be part of this event in 2013.  (And of course we love and enjoy the music too!)

Make sure you drop by the tent and check out our latest inventory of handmade spice mills and related accessories.  Made from a wide assortment of domestic and exotic hardwoods, we will have a terrific selection of our newest mills available.  Featuring our hallmark minaret style design, variations in wood grain, colour and texture make each of our spice mills truly one-of-a-kind.  Beyond the fine craftsmanship and beautiful design is an authentic CrushGrind™ ceramic mechanism. This makes every mill ideal for grinding peppercorns, salt or spices.

See you at Summerfolk . . . Read the rest of this entry »

What makes a mill from so different?

Beyond the beautiful design and fine craftsmanship, our grinders are all designed to function equally well as a pepper mill, salt mill or spice mill. - Handcrafted artisan pepper mills, salt mills, spice mills, and spice bowlsEach spice mill is handmade in Owen Sound (Ontario) by professional woodturner Irwin Seidman.

Using the finest select domestic and exotic hardwoods, each mill is handturned as a one-of-a-kind representation of Irwin’s signature minaret style design.  Variations in size, texture, wood grain and colour make each one truly unique. Read the rest of this entry »

27th Annual Baysville Arts & Crafts Festival: August 10 & 11, 2013

The Baysville Riverfront Group will host the 27th Arts & Crafts festival in Baysville, Ontario on August 10- 11, 2013.  This two day outdoor event features unique and original items hand crafted by artisans from all over Ontario.

This year 84 artisans will be participating the festival. will be there with a great selection of our handmade artisan spice mills (pepper mills, salt mills and spice mills) and spice bowls, as well as our delicious hand blended peppercorns

Specialities of art include fabric (sewing, embroidery, quilting, rugs, home decor) , wool, glass, wood, string, paper (gift cards, books) , metal, stone, leather, pottery, painting and drawings (canvas, wood, metal, ceramic, in multiple medias), wax, bath & beauty, photography, gourmet delights, jewellery (silver, pearls, beads, gem stones, wrapped etc) recycled art, floral, and misc creations. There is something for everyone including women’s and unisex clothing designs, fashion accessories and Muskoka and Christmas themes. Our gallery of artists will be posted on the website in May. Read the rest of this entry »

Find us at the Bester Gallery in beautiful Sauble Beach

Linda Bester Sauble Beach Studio GalleryThis summer . . . Find our handmade artisan spice mills (and other woodturnings by Irwin Seidman) at the Bester Gallery in beautiful Sauble Beach.

The gallery is home to the work renowned Georgian Bay artist Linda Bester and features additional fine craft and art by some of the areas finest artisans.

The gallery is located at 209 Main Street, Sauble Beach, Ontario (Corner of Main and 3rd Ave N) and is open daily during the summer (Open daily July/August – Open weekends May/June and September/Thanksgiving).  For more information & hours call 519.371.4744

Happy Birthday Foodie Pages!

Foodie Pages is celebrating their first year. . .

One year ago Foodie Pages was just an idea. Today, people across Canada use Foodie Pages to discover small batch products at great prices, to connect with Canada’s most passionate artisan vendors and to share their favourite foodie inspirations. Wow!

In celebration of their first year, they are offering FREE* shipping on each vendor order of $25 or more from now until midnight EST on August 5th. Shop directly from more than 125 of Canada’s best food and drink vendors (including our first 11 wineries), and taste something new.

Click here to visit on Foodie Pages


* Must spend $25 with each vendor. Offer does not apply to the CHEF`S BOX. Shipping is by Expedited Parcel.  Click here full details.


ArtFest Toronto Fine Art & Craft Show – Labour Day Weekend 2013

Join us at Artfest

Come check out 75 of the regions finest artisans at Toronto’s historic
distillery district for this four day special event

Come see us in Toronto’s Historic Distillery District for the “Artfest at the Distillery Fine Art & Craft Show”

Artfest at the DistilleryArtfest Toronto, in its 7th year, is emerging as one of Toronto’s favorite summer art shows. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists. Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Historic Distillery District in downtown Toronto. will be there with a great variety of our functional and artistic handcrafted spice mills, spice bowls, and our hand blended peppercorns.

Come see us in Toronto for Artfest at the Distillery on the Labour Day long weekend. Hope to see you there!

About the Show

  • Artfest at the Distillery Fine Art & Craft Show
  • Aug 30- Sept 2 2013 (Labour Day Weekend)
  • 11am-6pm daily
  • Free admission
  • 55 Mill St Toronto (click here for map)