Picture this: a holiday market where you can pick up handmade dog clothes, body sculpture coffee mugs, microgreen-growing kits and the world’s best garlic spread – all in one room. Our editors know where to go: Toronto’s One Of A Kind Show, happening November 23 to December 3, where you’ll find talented makers, artisans and designers from across Canada. (You can check out our favourite artisans from 2022 here).
We’ve scouted ahead to find 10 One Of A Kind Show Canadian vendors that foodies will love.
The County Bounty
Who says soda has to be bad for you? The County Bounty began as a market garden organic vegetable farm in 2016 outside of Picton, but Dodie Ellenbogen soon began experimenting with cordial recipes. She now sells sweet fizzy sodas in flavours like Lavender Lemon-Basil and Rose-Hibiscus Hops, all made with farm-fresh PEC produce.
One Of A Kind Show, Booth H-34
Heritage Bee Co.
We love to sample Debbie Gray and Jeff Chalmers’ 100% Ontario wildflower honeys at the One Of A Kind Show, but this year’s lineup is extra-exciting – the brand’s new gift sets will be for sale, including the Tea Lovers set, “Bee Well” wellness lineup and a charcuterie assortment.
One Of A Kind Show, Booth F-44
Courage Cookies is a pandemic business with an extra-impressive origin story. Despite launching during lockdown, co-owners Ian Moores and Chelsea Hearty set a goal to donate a percentage of their proceeds to good causes, like COVID relief. Today, they’ve donated over $80,000 by whipping up flavours from the classic Molasses Gingerbread to the inventive Coconut & Mascarpone Stuffed Matcha. Pass the milk, please.
One Of A Kind Show, Booth E-45
Vesper’s all natural line of craft cocktail mixes includes year-round favourites like Pina Coladas and Mojitos, but their special holiday cocktail kit mixes are to die for. Buttered Rum, Mulled Wine and a Cranberry Whisky Sour can be purchased deconstructed and gifting-ready.
One Of A Kind Show, Booth G-21
Cathy’s Kombucha has only four ingredients: water, kombucha, organic tea leaves and pure cane sugar. The company began when founder Cathy Kelly was offered a drink of kombucha by a nun in Quebec. The encounter kicked off a lifelong love of the tangy, fizzy drink – and a stroke of business inspiration, as the brew is now sold country-wide.
One Of A Kind Show, Booth G-46
Doux Studio is a collection of handmade ceramics – mugs, dishes, decorative trinket boxes and more – produced in small batches in Toronto by Caroline Alcide. Pick up some hot chocolate from Soul Chocolate (Booth G-51) and you have a gorgeous, thoughtful and delicious gift ready to go.
One Of A Kind Show, Booth X-11
What do fried chicken, ice cream cones, coffee and gingerbread cookies have in common? Toronto’s Luminescence creates all of them in adorable wax candle form. Each one is hand-made by owner Sarah Elizabeth Arnold, meaning they’re all unique and truly one-of-a-kind.
One Of A Kind Show, Booth D-23
Miche Ceramics founder Michelle Campbell creates gorgeous handcrafted stoneware, from vases to a line of completely unique mugs, in white clay, porcelain or speckled clay. Miche will only be at this year’s One Of A Kind show for six days, so make sure to catch them.
One Of A Kind Show, Booth P-23
Toronto-based watercolour painter Kelsea Chatburn is known for her vibrant paintings of Los Angeles and Asian street food markets. Food and restaurants around the world make appearances in her artwork – and you can pick up high-quality prints for affordable prices.
One Of A Kind Show, Booth C-05
Our favourite Quebecois spice company is ready for Christmas. Kanel, which was founded in Montreal by two food- and wellness-loving moms, has an assortment of special gifting-friendly sets for sale this year (including our favourite – Kanel’s advent calendar).