When you think "arts and crafts fair," items such as knit scarves, handmade soap, greeting cards and doilies may come to mind. The Venice Meet, happening for the first time this Saturday, April 7, in Venice from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is expanding that idea to include food, too. Not typical festival fare like hot dogs and kettle corn, but items it deems artisanal. Most vendors don't have storefronts, so to sample their goods you'd have to track their appearances at farmer's markets, or events like this one.
The Rice Creamery is bringing its all-natural rice puddings made with superfino arborio rice. This spring, flavors include lemon cardamom with cookie shortbread crumble, carrot cake with chopped walnuts, and chocolate hazelnut with coconut flakes.
Liz Wiltgen of Ice Ice Shavie has partnered with Damian Windsor (bartender at Roger Room and Seven Grand) to create syrups for Hawaiian-style shaved ice made from "the real stuff," either home-grown or bought local. Flavors include "Que Bueno" with cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno and lime, "Mojito" with lime, mint and sugar, and "Blackberry Bramble" with blackberry, lemon and sugar.
From Friandise Pastries, expect a selection from its repertoire of cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, macarons, rice croquants, bars, brownies, and cakepops, all by pastry chef Kirby Galli.
The husband and wife team of Vici Victual is selling its own cookies and pies.
And even more sweets are in store: Amella makes cocoa butter caramels, in flavors such as carrot cake, black forest and passion fruit.
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Next, try a Sugarbird tea to compliment all those sweets. Oh, and then grab one of Sugarbird's scones, or baked items.
Coldwater Canyon Provisions will offer all of its 20 jams and pickles -- including marmalades in flavors from bitter blood orange to grapefruit, jams ranging from blueberry to watermelon, a jalapeno chipotle jelly, pickled apples, and red pepper relish.
Finally, give your sweet tooth a break! Oliovera will have its locally produced and certified California extra virgin olive oils. If you have an extra bottle, bring it; Oliovera uses recycled glass bottles and encourages customers to use them again for refills.
Last, from Hepps Salt Barrel, you'll find gourmet salts in a "rainbow of colors, flavors and textures."