Flavors of Carolina was held last week in Concord, North Carolina. There is no other event that better showcases so much of North Carolina’s food production. Over 140 farms and food companies took part in Flavors of Carolina, exhibiting their products and giving buyers the opportunity to interact and engage with them directly.
Of course, the biggest perk of attending the Flavors event was the food! I was surrounded by treats of all kinds. I’m not too ashamed to admit that I cheated quite a bit on my recently adopted low-carb lifestyle. I was so happy to learn that many of the samples that I tasted were available in the grocery stores that I frequent regularly. I already found a tea that I fell in love with at the show at Food Lion.
I’ve gone ahead and spotlighted a few businesses from the event with exceptionally tasty products. It’s time to add a few new items to your grocery list.
Remember that tea that I mentioned falling in love with and finding at Food Lion? Well, the company that makes it is Kim Bees. Kim Bees is a woman owned company located in Greensboro, NC. The owners were extremely warm and welcoming! I fell in love with the Peach-Mango bottled tea at the show and I’m a big lemon-tea lover so I got the Lemon Zest Ceylon Black Tea at Food Lion.
I’m somewhat of a branding junkie, so I gravitated to this booth before any others (I have a thing for pink). I wasn’t disappointed because I was greeted with an array of gluten and dairy-free Italian desserts that tasted as good as they were pretty. The owner, Mary Tantillo, started the company 10 years ago out of what was a necessity in her family’s household. Her sons’ struggle with food and gluten allergies.
Mary runs a commercial bakery, Dolci di Maria, located in Black Mountain, NC. and many of her products can be found at select Whole Foods locations.
As somewhat of a hot sauce connoisseur it’s really hard to impress me when it comes to them. But Trini Pepper Sauce is amazing! My favorite is the original in the green bottle. It was awesome on the homemade chicken that the business offered to test it on. Trini is a family business born from a father’s dream to share his Trinidadian heritage with his new home, America. This family recipe is made with peppers grown in Trinidad and shipped to the USA to preserve the authentic taste of the recipe. The company’s website makes it convenient to purchase the sauce no matter where you’re located! I’ve already purchased mine and it shipped really fast.
Towards the end of each summer, I go muscadine crazy. I start calling local stores to see when they’ll be getting their first delivery of the grapes. And when they finally come in, I stock up! So I immediately recognized the Cottle Farms name as I approached their booth. I couldn’t believe that I was getting to meet the people who supply my favorite seasonal fruit!
Not just muscadines, but many of the berries that are regularly found in my fridge were there on display! Keep a look out for this brand of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and muscadines in your local grocery stores!
Mexican food holds a dear spot in my heart but it’s disappointing when I order chips and salsa and the salsa lacks flavor. I told the owner of Little Face Premium Salsas about my problem and she told me that she felt the same way and that it’s the reason she started her company! Her salsas are so yummy and full of flavor. She’s currently working on partnering with restaurants around the region to end the “boring salsa” epidemic. In the meantime, if you happen to be in the Greensboro, NC area, look her up and change the way you do chips and salsa. You won’t regret it.
Flavors of Carolina Photo Gallery
I had a blast at the Flavors of Carolina event and enjoyed learning about the regional food businesses that North Carolina has to offer. Check out the photo gallery from the event!
What do you think? Are you a budding foodie? Would you love to go to an event like this? Let us know in the comments below!
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