By The Bakersfield Californian
You may have chowed down at a July 4 gathering, but if you have a bit more room, check out these local food events this weekend.
What: Tasting event featuring local businesses Pepper Delight and De Coeur Bake Shop and Enzo Olive Oil Co. of Madera
When: noon to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Williams-Sonoma, 9000 Ming Ave., Suite I1
Fifth annual Flavor Awards
When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Moo Creamery, 4885 Truxtun Ave., Suite B
Cost: $20; $10 children
Like other Williams-Sonomas across the country this summer, the Bakersfield store is hosting a monthly artisans market, highlighting products from the region. The store invites producers to set up shop for a day to offer samples and discuss and sell their products to customers.
Last month's event featured Bakersfield businesses Window Sill Pie Co., which specializes in seasonal preserves, pies and confections; and Pepper Delight, which sells jams spiced with habaneros; as well as Enzo Olive Oil Co., based out of Madera.
On Saturday, those three businesses return to the Marketplace store along with De Coeur Bake Shop. The brainchild of Courtney Ghilarducci and Mai Giffard, De Coeur caters events and sells baked goods and more through its website, decoeurbakeshop.4ormat.com. The business will be selling six-pack boxes of macarons and mini tarts.
Flavor Awards at Moo
With everybody trying to stay cool this weekend, ice cream sounds like sweet relief. For frozen treats with a side of festivities, head to Moo Creamery, which is hosting its fifth annual Flavor Awards on Sunday.
Known for its own unique flavors, the restaurant has again gathered customer suggestions for its next great scoop. On Sunday, you can enjoy samples of the eight finalist flavors along with a Mexican buffet dinner, according to their Facebook page. The menu includes mini bean and cheese burritos, carnitas and chicken tomatillo tacos, roasted veggie chilaquiles, tostada salad, homemade potato and tortilla chips, salsas and rice and beans.
Dessert is the selection of this year's flavor finalists, which are:
Fried Sweet Potato -- sweet potato ice cream with a cinnamon marshmallow swirl (creator: Clark Hurst)
Haulin' Oates -- cinnamon-infused oatmeal ice cream, chipped chocolate and chunks of oatmeal cookie dough (Callie and George Jenkins)
Le Creperie -- sweet cream base, Nutella swirl, strawberries and crepe crumbles (the Noe family)
FIYA -- fireball ice cream, Red Hots and chipped Mexican chocolate, infused with cayenne, cinnamon and chipotle (Dorothy Holland)
Baklava -- salted honey ice cream, orange blossom syrup, rosewater infusion, candied nuts and phyllo pieces (Katie Rose Lewis)
Vietnamese Iced Coffee -- a dark coffee ice cream with a condensed milk ribbon and chocolate-covered espresso beans, spiked with vietnamese cinnamon (Jason Sperber)
Lemon Bar -- cream cheese ice cream, swirled lemon curd and shortbread crust pieces (Annemarie Ulbrich)
Almond Buttermilk Sorbet -- with fresh peaches and ginger molasses cookie pieces (Kurt Sturz).