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York Flea will join forces with Collusion Tap Works for annual event
York Flea is returning for its fourth year, this time at a new venue — the parking lot of Collusion Tap Works.
The annual event, which showcases a variety of vintage and handmade items for sale, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28. In addition to the new location, an after party will be held at Taste Test, a restaurant incubator located at 101 S. Duke St.
Organizer Kristen Dempwolf said that when she began the flea market in 2015, she had hoped to hold it in different locales. It was originally held on South Clark Avenue with a mere 10 vendors, but it grew exponentially in the subsequent years, she said.
This year, she approached longtime friend Jared Barnes, owner of Collusion Tap Works, to ask if she could hold the flea market in the parking lot of his brewery, located at 101 S. Howard St.
Dempwolf said her flea market and Barnes' business have both been successful, and it made sense to combine them for the event. She also said it wasn't easy to find cost-effective areas where she can keep her vendor fees low and pay musicians adequate money for their time.
"It's a perfect event location. He can carry his liquor license out to his parking lot. Now people can drink ,eat and walk around looking at the items," she said.
Barnes said he anticipates 25 or 26 vendors setting up in his parking lot, along with a few in the alleyway and at other nearby locations.
Attendees will be able to drink beer, and food will be grilled in the parking lot.
"We're just going grill stuff and make it a block party/flea market type deal," he said.
Also new this year is the after party at 4 p.m.
It will be held at the cabana of Taste Test, an incubator kitchen that allows prospective restaurant owners to experiment with their ideas by temporarily operating their business out of the location.
It is situated close to the brewery, so Dempwolf thought it would be an ideal location for the event.
"We really wanted to include the shops and restaurants as much as we could," she said.
The after party will be held until midnight, said Allison Witherow, communications director.
There will be drink specials, along with food from two of Taste Test's pilot restaurants, Nacho Cabra, a nacho brew pub, and G's Jook Joint, which offers Creole cuisine.
The Emmanuel Nsingani Band, a five-piece resident jazz band from Gusa by Victoria, will perform Congolose fusion music beginning at 4:30 p.m., Witherow said.
"We thought that it would be a good fit for attendees and vendors to relax after the event," she said.
This year, Dempwolf is anticipating a crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 people for York Flea.
"I definitely anticipate this to be the biggest event that we've had," she said.
Vendors will include Obscure Relics, Upcycled Soul, Teaparty Vintage, JP Custom Fabrications, and others.
Dempwolf said there will be a mixture of new and returning vendors this year.
There will continue to be many vendors from York and nearby counties, but the event also attracts vendors from further away.
"It won't be the same stuff you see in York all the time," she said.
For more information, visit www.yorkflea.com.