To be a part of what is dubbed the third Industrial Revolution, the one that involves crafters and DIY-ers making their mark on the economy, is to be a part of history. And Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia sought to celebrate and honor that industrial spirit with their American Made expo, which features makers in various industries who are fueling the economy and living their dreams. The market, which will be in Grand Central Station in New York all day Oct. 16 and October 17, kicked off Oct. 15 with an awards ceremony to honor the winners of the 2013 American Made Awards.
The event was located in Vanderbilt Hall, and American Maker vendors, celebrities, and, of course, Martha Stewart mingled among some of the finest crafts and foods in the country. Cohosted by Andy Cohen, the ceremony involved plenty of crafty folks and a ton of cocktail jokes. There was even a surprise visit from Bobby Flay, who presented Woodbury Kitchen from Baltimore with a 2013 American Made Award for their amazing food and support of local agriculture.
Of course, they weren’t the only food business that took home an award. The Portland Meat Collective took home the prize for Sustainability with their educational butchering and animal farming classes. Archi’s Acres, a farm that produces organic goods and helps employ vets through an agricultural training program, took home a community award. And Back to the Roots was honored for their ability to grow mushrooms out of coffee ground waste and create sustainable ecosystems with an award in the Garden category.
Stewart also excitedly announced that they have partnered with eBay to sell the local products found in the market around the world, which will launch later in the week.