On December 8, scuttle on over to Cinema Place off Rundle Street to experience the new Urban Cow and Howling Owl in full Christmas splendour. It’s a party, so come ready to celebrate.

The cross-venue Meet the Maker event will bring together creatives from the art and beverage worlds for a cracker crafternoon. Expect demonstrations, workshops and tastings.

“It’s about promoting South Australian makers in the arts, food and beverage sections,” says venue owner Mick Krieg. “We’ve been talking about it all year, but it’s coming up on us really quickly! It’s a Christmas party, and a chance to re-establish that we’re still open.”

It’s been an intense year for Krieg and the workers at the Cow, Owl and Rhino Room. In November 2016, the closure of all three venues was announced; the historical building they were housed in was slated for demolition. But to the community’s delight new homes were found for all three. Though the Rhino Room has split from the trio to set up new digs on Pirie Street, Howling Owl and Urban Cow secured adjacent premises.

Kicking off officially at 3pm, the Meet the Maker event will go until midnight. From 5pm to 9pm, you’re invited to join artists at Urban Cow for workshops and demonstrations; think glassblowing, watercolours and jewellery design, plus a jewellery-making workshop with contemporary designer Jessamy Pollock.

Head next door for gin tasting at Howling Owl. Craft labels Never Never and Red Hen will be in the house, and Never Never is putting on a gin-cured salmon demonstration for those who like to chew their drinks. Beer drinkers will be appeased with tastings from world-class brewery Prancing Pony. A secret guest will also be in attendance – a brand new CBD gin distillery will be launching on the night.

There are lots of gifts – but there is also an opportunity to give back. Urban Cow is running a toy drive for the Welcome Centre, and donations will be accepted warmly. The tree (an old ladder) is ready to be spruced up with presents. Bring your gift in any time from now until December 9. Appreciated donations are new (not pre-loved) soft toys, educational toys, board games and sporting equipment. To make things easy for the Welcome Centre elves, wrap your gifts in cellophane, so they can pass the present on to the perfect person.

December might be full of markets and end-of-year celebrations, but this one promises to be special.

Meet the Maker is on December 8 from 3pm to midnight at Howling Owl and Urban Cow.