When I was growing up, my mom, sister and I frequented local arts and crafts shows both near and far away. We saw cross-stitched Christmas ornaments, handmade clothing, artificial flower arrangements, and wind chimes created with glass bottles, silverware and stained glass. Through the years, those shows dwindled away, and at the remaining shows the crafts were replaced with more generic wares like monogrammed totes, prepackaged toys and other similar mass-produced items. Essentially, there was not much to be found that you couldn’t pick up at your local shopping center.
When I received the invitation to visit the Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park last year, I was excited to check it out because I’d never been before. Upon arrival, I was delighted to discover it was just like those arts and crafts shows I had enjoyed years ago. Under the trees, booths lined the pathways, filled with beautiful, unique crafts. They ranged from incredible water fountains crafted with old-fashioned washing bowls and pitchers and cross-stitched Christmas ornaments to homemade bath products and handcrafted wooden toys.
I spent hours walking from vendor to vendor, browsing through their items, some in consideration of purchase and others just to admire and enjoy their handiwork. If I had an unlimited budget, I certainly would have walked away with much more than the purchases I did make: a homemade candle in a Mountain Dew bottle for my sister-in-law’s kitchen collection, Hello Kitty-adorned flip flops with matching hair bow for my daughter, and some handmade fabric headbands.
The only thing at the Yellow Daisy Festival that could rival the many crafts were the equally attractive food offerings. Several food trucks and vendors surround the festival grounds, filling the area with the scent of barbecue, roasted corn on the cob and freshly baked cupcakes. After perusing the many menus, I finally settled on The Happy Hippy from Happy Belly Curbside Kitchen. This was a marinated portabella mushroom cap with smoked shallot, roasted red pepper aioli, gouda and arugula salad on a wheat bun. If this wasn’t enough, I ordered a side of hand-cut fries with Happy Belly truffled dipping sauce. The verdict? Absolutely delicious.
Throughout the Yellow Daisy Festival, visitors also can listen to live music, explore the Yellow Daisy Flower Show and create crafts with the kids in the Children’s Corner. You also can experience all that Stone Mountain Park has to offer, although paid attraction tickets may be required for some activities.
I loved the Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park so much, I’m already counting the days to this year’s event. Thankfully, I don’t have long to wait. The 2014 Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park takes place Sept. 4 – 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Saturday, which is 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Festival admission is free with paid parking admission of $10 per vehicle for a one-day permit. For more information on the Yellow Daisy Festival, click here.
If you venture out to the Yellow Daisy Festival, I’d love to hear what you think about this annual event, so be sure to come back and tell me what you discovered!
Disclosure: Stone Mountain Park provided a paid parking admission for Karon’s admittance to the park for the purpose of visiting the Yellow Daisy Festival. All products and food purchases were paid for by Karon. All opinions expressed herein are strictly those of the author.