Our Taster Stall scheme is specifically designed to encourage new artists and crafts people to participate with Craft*folK at our Cardiff Christmas Market.

They are a very affordable way of test trading your work, especially during the Christmas Market, when our customers are always looking for new ideas and that ideal gift for the “person who has everything”. We have a strict participation criteria, see below, in order to protect the integrity of our event and also the makers who take part under this scheme.

The provisional taster stall trading periods at the 2024 Cardiff Christmas Market are:

Period 1 Thursday 14 to Monday 18 November 5 days
Period 2 Tuesday 19 to Sunday 24 November 6 days
Period 3 Monday 25 November to Sunday 1 December 7 days
Period 4 Monday 2 to Sunday 8 December 7 days
Period 5 Monday 9 to Sunday 15 December 7 days
**Period 6 Monday 16 to Saturday 21 December 6 days

**Please note that stalls located in our Taster Area in Trinity Street will close two days earlier, on the 21 December 2024, due to the logistics involved in dismantling so many stalls in just one night.

With the wealth of knowledge gleaned from organising and participating in events for many years we are also happy to advise any new artists and crafts people on any aspect of participating with us as having the courage to sell your work to customers, other than friends and family, can be very daunting and additional encouragement is sometimes needed. A PowerPoint Presentation is also available on request containing tips and hints on stall set up, lighting etc

We also offer taster stalls at both our Spring and Summer events in Cardiff City Centre together with an offer during our Summer event of having a “Trial Run” where shorter slots may be available of 5 days duration, depending on uptake. However, these further discounted stalls are only available if you are a new exhibitor to Craftfolk and have already been accepted to take part in a Taster Stall at the Cardiff Christmas Market. It is an ideal way of experimenting with your stall set up and lighting so that you can get the most out of your time with us at the Christmas Market from day one.

Craft*folK Criteria for taster stalls

  1. All products must be created/made by the exhibitor/s and/or family member/s with a strong measure of artistic integrity and individuality in their work
  2. If the exhibitor has altered, adapted or assembled the products then there must be a very high ‘added value’ content to the finished article Criteria Notes:
    Priority will always be given to those exhibitors who make their own products as we are committed to ensuring the perpetuation of handmade work and is the reason why the Taster Stall Scheme was first introduced. To maintain the quality of products you may be asked to clarify this criteria. Our decision with regards to acceptance is final

Please note we cannot accept Taster Stall applications from alcohol exhibitors as our Premises Licence does not cover our taster stall location in Trinity Street.

Request for 2024 Event Application Forms can be downloaded here