Christmas Fair jam sells out

As the previous post described December 6th was the big craft fair and outing for the Accumul8 Preserves with a Purpose. This is the day of the Crouch End Festival Christmas Craft Fair, which builds on the festival’s main summer event and showcases the creativity and enterprise that exists amongst the local Crouch End community.

Accumul8 is part of The Crouch End Festival and is the “social value” project of this organisation. The festival provides support through marketing, promotion and the operational systems and structures of Accumul8. One way that the festival supports us is through ensuring that Accumul8 has a stall at their incredibly popular craft fair which takes place infront of Hornsey Town Hall.

In preparation for this major Accumul8 selling event, Levi, Soleyman, Shaun and I worked at break neck speed to create a bounty of new flavour jams that we could sell on the day. We took creativity at is best and conjured up new and sophisticated jam concoctions – Raspberry, Strawberry and Vanilla Jam, Pear and Peach Jam, Plum and Vanilla Jam, Pear and Vanilla Jam and Plum, Brandy and Toffee Jam – truly glorious!

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The start of raspberry, strawberry and vanilla jam

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Levi and Soleyman chopping up fruit for peach and pear jam

And, indeed, as we had hope for The Crouch End Festival Christmas Craft Fair was a fantastically successful selling event for Accumul8. We starting the day with a stall that looked full and plentiful with a vast selection of the Accumul8 Preserves with a Purpose (and with extra stock under the table).

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and finished the day with a very empty stall indeed!

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So much so, that we had practically nothing left to sell!. We had no idea that we would sell so many of our preserves on the day, that they would be so popular and so many people wanted to support Accumul8 through purchasing our products. People loved the new flavours and were amazed and surprised that they weren’t made by confiture connoisseurs but the residents at the local North London YMCA Hostel.

So now, it leaves me to say thank you to everyone for helping Accumul8 and helping to help young homeless people onto a new journey in their lives.
And of course,
Happy holidays and a happy new year!
Marice

Apple Pie Jam

Thanks to Amanda Carrara for this lovely photo of her Accumul8 Apple Pie Jam post craft fair breakfast!

Selling at a Christmas Craft Market

This Saturday, 6th December, we will be selling the full collection of the Accumul8 Preserves With A Purpose at The Crouch End Festival Christmas Craft Fair. It is the big craft fair for us, as it links directly to The Crouch End Festival, where I am a co-director, the local area and community and the bounty of creatives that live in this area – which are the foundations of Accumul8 and how it came about. It also is the craft fair that Accumul8 has been working towards as it is the major fundraising event for the Accumul8 exhibition in June (at The Crouch End Festival) and the Accumul8 creative workshops leading up to this.

So, hopefully, it will be extremely busy, with lots of people purchasing our preserves and a bounty of festive spirit bubbling enthusiastically from every crevice in the Hornsey Town Hall Square. Hope to see you there!

CEF Christmas 2014