The Fuzzy Pineapple held their first Craft and Art Festival on Saturday, Sept. 19-20, at 1209 East Paul Russell Road from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Fuzzy Pineapple is an online, handcrafted accessory and clothing store owned by 23-year-old Nefatari Dennard, who is also the creator of the Craft and Art Festival.
Dennard explained the reason of the festival.
“The purpose of this festival is to bring awareness to the public of many diverse and independent artists located here.” Dennard said. “It is our mission to help these artists generate enough buzz to propel them into their next level of artistic and economic growth.”
The festival was filled with activities featuring, more than 100 independent artists, live entertainment from local artists, gourmet food and games.
Admission for the festival was free to the public, child-friendly and pets were allowed.
The first 200 people received free goodie bags, each contained samples of paint and a free ring made by Pendant Pinache, a local vendor.
The vendors included jewelry designers, clothing designers and painters. Each had their tables set up prepared to make sales.
Local jewelry designer Gertrude Smith explains her success at the event.
“I had to set up about three times,” Smith said. “I sold almost everything the first day. Not only did the craft and art festival provide a great opportunity for vendors but local artists were able to share their talents on stage.”
Jennifer Haskins, owner of Soft Edge Creation, expressed how she enjoyed the performances and that the community showed support.
“I enjoyed the variety of music and I really enjoyed the live performances” Haskins said. “On the business side of things a lot of people came out.”
Singer, Nicall Chapin was excited to showcase her talent at the festival, she performed four of her original songs.
“This was my first time performing at an actual festival,” Chapin said.
Children and families were able to create together. All ages were encouraged to participate in the arts and crafts activities.
The festival was sponsored by Nefetari’s Fine Cuisine and Spirits owned by Dennards parents.
Olani Aponi, founder of Aponi Clan and local vendor appreciated all that the festival has to offer.
"I really enjoyed the festival. Knowing Nefetari for a number of years, it’s beautiful to have her dreams come true. I feel that Tallahassee is really growing with its appreciation for the arts”
Dennard is already preparing to host the second annual Craft and Art Festival.
“There is definitely going to be another one next year,” stated Dennard. “I already have posters and flyers in storage ready to go!”
To find out more information about The Fuzzy Pineapple, you can visit their site at thefuzzypineapple.com.