Flea Fiestas

It's crafts, cuisine and much more at an impressive lineup of flea market events.


Call it a jumble, boot sale or el pulgero, but we are entering the era of the urban Flea Market, where craft makers and non-food sellers are joining with greengrocers, bread makers and hot sauce purveyors in community spaces. Major urban centers have embraced this on-the-edge model, like Brooklyn Flea (which is astounding, by the way), Urban Flea in Salt Lake City and the City Flea in Cincinnati, establishing artisan food oases while scavenger hunters sort through repurposed clothes, handmade jewelry and hand-tooled leather.

Orlando Flea, from the original maven of food trucks, Mark Baratelli and The Daily City, is holding three events in September, October and November, with food components from Mercantile Coffee, Half Baked Bites, Sweet City Gelato, Wickedly Baked and Colombian vegan food from Avenue A Eatery, among others. Edward R Knives, Swan City tees, jewelry from Pao Pao Collections and Orlando’s own Secret Society Goods are among the vendors.

Food and live music highlights the Vintage Flea Market on September 8 (further dates in October and November) at the Carousel Emporium on Alden Road, with antique and vintage furniture, jewelry, pottery, glassware and more to rummage.

The Night Market at Audubon brings food and drink specials, two beer gardens, locally and regionally made crafts, art, music and live music to West Corrine Plaza on October 6. Foodstuffs at past events included The Crepe Company, Kona Dog, SwedeDISH Food Truck and Peru Power Food Truck.

The quarterly Will’s A Faire at Will’s Pub happens on October 21, with food trucks, craft cocktails and brews from Will's Pub and lil indies, and up to 75 retro, vintage and handmade vendors.


Or, relatively near town, but close to my heart. I’ve had the great good fortune of being a resident artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, and a finer celebration of art and creativity of all kinds you’re not likely to find. It is a magnet for the best talents in the world and a life-changing experience—if you don’t know this Central Florida treasure, you should.

On September 22, the Atlantic Center is collaborating with my favorite product of the U.S. State Department, the genre-encompassing OneBeat ensemble, with musicians from around the world, along with chefs Hari Pulapaka (Cress), Bram Fowler (The Old Jailhouse) and Third Wave Cafe chef David Moscoso for ACA Exposed. Award-class food, astounding music, a unique and awe-inspiring setting … if you can bear to not attend our Burger Battle (where I’ll be!) take the drive to New Smyrna and nourish your artistic soul.

Are you an experienced flea marketer? Share the highlights with me. Stay in touch at joseph.hayes@orlandomagazine.com and access a comprehensive list of my print and online reviews here!



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