2022 San Jose Fall Festival Invites Community to Celebrate Agriculture and Art

Lauren Bui

Melissa Dillon, Amy Ingram and Rhuamia Lucero pose with their products for their LeveeRoad brand at the San Jose Fall Festival on October 1.

On October 1, the 6th Annual Martial Cottle Park Fall Festival, one of San Jose’s largest vendor markets, brought the community together to celebrate the Santa Clara Valley’s agricultural heritage and welcome the summer season. fall in the South Bay area.

Activities for all ages were available throughout the day, including children’s activities, arts and crafts workshops, food trucks, live music and a range of family entertainment.

San Jose Made, an organization that supports small businesses and brands in the Bay Area, has helped bring together vendors for the festival’s Maker and Artisan Market since 2016, according to their website. With the help of San Jose Made, the festival presented 117 sellersaccording to the San Jose Made website.

Ceramics and hydroponically grown plants displayed in The Little Forest Ceramic Shop at the San Jose Fall Festival on October 1. (Lauren Bui)

Rhuamia Lucero attended the festival as a vendor through San Jose Made. She has an online store called LeveeRoad that sells handmade and upcycled leather jewelry, driftwood art, and home decor items from Fremont.

For Lucero, the festival was an opportunity to increase his brand’s visibility in the San Jose area by providing a pop-up space at a reasonable price.

“We didn’t explore going out to San Jose, so that’s why we decided to try this event,” Lucero said. “So far, the festival has been very pleasant — there are a lot of pedestrians since we have a lot of families. There’s plenty to see and do because we have a wide variety of providers. It’s kind of something for everyone, including pets.

Another vendor, Jasmine Carson, owner of The Little Forest Ceramic Shop – an online store that sells ceramics and hydroponic plants – said the event helped her gain more followers on social media thanks to the large amount of foot traffic the festival brings.

“Last year I was recommended to attend the San Jose Made Holiday Festival, which was one of the biggest events I’ve ever hosted, and it turned out really well,” Carson said. “I remember getting a lot of followers and being able to increase my brand awareness through that. So definitely for the Fall Festival, I decided to join that too. This event m ‘will help to get feedback from customers in terms of price, which will allow me to expand my market.’

Parents and children participate in family play activities at the San Jose Fall Festival on October 1. (Lauren Bui)

Fall festival attendee Elaine Li said she came to the festival because she just needed something to do on the weekend.

“Actually, I come to a lot of them. I just like to see things other people are creating,” Li said.[We need] more events like this because it’s good to show people that you don’t have to go to a big brand store to buy your everyday stuff.

Taylor Chase and her friend, Natsuki Keckler, said they came to the festival to check it out and support small businesses.

“I love it when big events happen in the community,” Chase said. “I just want to go out and see what’s going on. “

“I like the idea of ​​having more festivals like this because I get to see and support a lot of small businesses that I didn’t know about before,” Keckler said.

Amanda Phakonekham poses with her friend holding corn husk dolls they made at the San Jose Fall Festival on October 1. (Lauren Bui)

Amanda Phakonekham said she went to the festival because she wanted to hang out with her friend.

“I really like seeing everyone come together and hang out,” Phakonekham said. “I came across a free activity where we were making corn husk dolls and asked if there was an age limit, and they said no, anyone can make them. It makes me so happy to be involved.

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