With homemade merchandise and flavorful foods, Artisanal LA provides a small-town feel to Los Angeles. The event’s organic, healthy and eco-friendly products not only promote healthy eating, but healthy living.

Artisanal LA’s next convention is taking place on Oct. 12 to 13 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the LA Mart in Downtown Los Angeles. Presale tickets are $12, and tickets are $15 at the door. In addition to Alta Dena’s Farmers Market, featured vendors will be selling food, drinks, dessert, home goods, kitchenware, and there will even be some live entertainment.

Shawna Dawson established Artisanal LA in 2010 to gather Southern California’s vendors and homemakers into an environment where they can share tips about healthy living, learning how to live organically and ultimately to sell their products. According to its website, Artisanal LA provides “hands-on workshops, chef-led demos, expert panels and speakers educating guests on various food related topics as well as the opportunity to learn about non-profit organizations changing the local food scene in Los Angeles.”

At this year’s event, if you’re in the mood for a special treat, we suggest you try a “Campfire” from Donut Snob. This treat is a donut topped with chocolate, graham cracker crumbs and a roasted marshmallow. Another sweet treat is from Pi Bake Shop. Savor the shop’s PB&J pie, which consists of crunchy peanut butter, mixed berry jam and breadcrumbs on top of a handmade piecrust.

Taking care of your skin is made easy at Artisanal LA. Stop by Lip Glosserie, which sells lotion for lips, cuticles and the body. Its vegan lip balms come in various flavors, such as Asian Pear, Cappuccino and Butter Pecan. Soap Farm also sells gifts for the body, such as its Walnut Body Scrub and Loofah soap.

If you’re feeling a little thirsty as you walk around visiting all the vendors, try POP Water. At only 30 calories, this water is not only refreshing, but it also comes in natural flavors, including pineapple and orange.

Need kitchen accessories? Try RamFam Pottery. They produce jugs by hand, and you can fill them up with whatever you want or simply display in your kitchen as decoration. Next, visit Mac Cutting Boards. They have everything from chopping boards to cheese boards meant to prepare and display food. Boards come in unique designs, such as guitars or decorated with stripes.

And for the art lovers, Artisanal Market will be promoting free art exhibits. Cartwheel Arts will be featuring contemporary art, specifically pop surrealism, in its showcase, “Beyond Eden.”

There is something for everyone at Artisanal LA. They invite you to join in on this festival since there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in fresh produce, decadent desserts, useful home goods and artistic entertainment!

Artisanal LA is taking place from Oct. 12-13 at the LA Mart in Downtown Los Angeles from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on this event, click here.

*Presale tickets are only $12 online. Tickets cost $15 at the door. To purchase tickets, click here.