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Photos: Femmestival 2023 showcases Madison Makers | Entertainment


Seventeen food vendors and nearly two dozen artists set up booths at Garver Feed Mill’s third annual Women’s Festival on Sunday, February 19. Femmestival celebrates women, women, and non-binary creators who make everything from vegan cupcakes and decadent local ice cream to handmade earrings, charcuterie boards, clothing, and art prints.

Femmestival will return On Sunday, February 26th, from noon to 8pm, there will be a new batch of artisans and a host of musicians. Free to all at 3241 Garver Green.

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DJ Sarah Akawa and Tempestt Ballenger (DJ Femme Noir) played upbeat female-centric music on the balcony of the Garver Feed Mill.

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Shoppers, travel mugs in hand, make their way through the handmade aisles.

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Jenny Krahl shows Navarre Churley, 5 months old, a handmade felt rose at her Versal Goods booth.

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Duha and Dina Alhamidi serve beef carpaccio, kunafa pudding, fattoush salad, grape leaf cupcakes and chicken shawarma at their booth in the sunny corner of the Garver Feed Mill event space.

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Duha and Dina’s kunafa pudding is sold at their tables for dessert.

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Family and friends of Femmestival vendors sat nearby as their loved ones worked at the event.

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Missey Russell serves sweet potatoes and stew to a customer at her Blended Sisters Catering table.

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An exhibit of artwork by Madison-based artist Audifax is on display at the Garver Feed Mill gallery during Femmestival. Audifax’s large-scale installation also hangs above the festival’s event space.

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Kaiyal Gardner-Mishlove shopping for earrings at the table at Village Girl Boutique.

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Handmade items such as knitted hats, cat toys, aprons, stickers, jewelry, home decor and baked goods are sold at the event.

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Bright sunlight streams in through the tall windows of the Garver Feed Mill event space.

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Annabel Book (age 9), Julie Fox, Bennett Book (age 7), and Ben Tenorio work around the Garver Feed Mill event venue, stopping to look at handmade earrings.

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