Celebrating Craft and Culture

  • Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

12 February 2020

The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, extends congratulations to the Dark Tickle Company and JACOBEAN Craft Chocolate for recently winning awards at the Atlantic Canada Craft Awards for Excellence in Halifax.

Dark Tickle Company received the Outstanding Exporter award, which recognizes an individual, organization or company for exporting achievement of craft or giftware outside Atlantic Canada. Located in St. Lunaire-Griquet, Dark Tickle Company was established in 1991, and operates in both the manufacturing and tourism sectors. Led by Steve, Gwen, Kier and Stacey Knudsen, the company manufactures jams, sauces, tea, coffee, vinegars, drinks, and chocolates from unique wild berries. These berries are picked by hand and carefully processed without additives resulting in a quality product that is both distinctive and delicious.

JACOBEAN Craft Chocolate received the Excellence in Product Design award, which is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding quality and creativity in the design of a product. Darryl Pike began this company less than two years ago, and has expanded offerings that include a variety of original chocolate flavors and bar sizes in uniquely designed packaging that reflect the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Provincial Government has collaborated with the Craft Council on a Craft Industry Strategy to further develop the overall industry and to reach $40 million in sales annually by 2021.

The Atlantic Canada Craft Awards for Excellence are presented annually at a gala event in conjunction with the Craft East Buyers’ Expo, which showcases crafts and giftware made exclusively in the Atlantic Provinces. Exhibitors from Newfoundland and Labrador that participated in the 2020 Craft East Buyers Expo included; Boulder Publishing, Elizabeth Burry Design, Petal Jewelry Shop, Sparkes Design, Tree Line Fine and Craft and Studio Natalie Ink. Participating exhibitors received access to larger markets, professional development, exposure and networking opportunities.

Quotes
“Congratulations to the Dark Tickle Company and JACOBEAN Craft Chocolate for their awards at this year’s Atlantic Canada Craft Awards for Excellence. The craft industry is driven by creative entrepreneurs like Steve, Gwen, Kier and Stacey Knudsen, and Darryl Pike, who are interested in growing and seeking new economic opportunities. My department works with the Craft Council in supporting and promoting a high standard of excellence in craft production, and fostering opportunities for craft businesses to thrive and grow. I commend the Craft Council for their energy and passion, as they support and promote opportunities for craftspeople across province.”
Honourable Bernard Davis
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador would like to congratulate to both Jacobean and Dark Tickle on their win at the Craft East Awards of Excellence. Their dedication to growing and developing their businesses are a testament to the hard work that each put in to help achieve their goals. Through the continued support from our partners, including the Department of Tourism, Cultural Industry and Innovation, we are working with our members to help grow the craft sector overall.”
Rowena House
Executive Director, Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

– 30 –

Learn more
Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

Dark Tickle Company

JACOBEAN Craft Chocolate

Follow us on Twitter: @GovNL and @TCII_GovNL

Media contacts
Eric Humber
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
709-729-4819, 725-9655
erichumber@gov.nl.ca

Rowena House
Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador
709-753-2749
rhouse@craftcouncil.nl.ca

2020 02 12 2:15 pm