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Food News: Seafood at the Fredericksburg farmers market

Catching up on food news from the past week and food happenings around the region, with a sprinkling of other interesting tidbits from around the Web. Look for this every Thursday. Submit events to efreehling@freelancestar.com.

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Starting Saturday and continuing through the rest of the market season, Fredericksburg Farmers Market Manager Donna Leahy reports that James E. Headley Oyster Co & Four Seasons Seafood will be selling oysters in quart and pint jars, oysters in the shell, crabcakes, crab salad, crab cheeseballs, soft shell crabs, clams in the shell, and some fish. Leahy said she’s excited about the new vendor because customers have been requesting seafood. In other market news, you’ll also be able to find a popular goat cheese vendor at the market this Saturday and Nov. 12.

In other market news, the Spotsylvania Farmers Market will be open after Thanksgiving this year. Find out about the holiday market dates here.

- Dine -

Southern food lovers might want to check out Buttermilk & Olde Lace, a new restaurant at 623 Caroline St. in downtown Fredericksburg. The eatery is now open for lunch (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) Tuesday through Sunday and dinner (5 p.m.-8 p.m.) Tuesday through Saturday. Read more here.

This week’s review: Pancho Villa Express in Fredericksburg

- Cook -

Get inspired to create some creepy-crawly Halloween treats with this story from reporter Amy Umble about her efforts to re-create a crime scene atop a cupcake.

If you love to cook with Chesapeake Bay crabs, Beverly Meyer has found the book for you, full of facts, recipes and other notes about the regional delicacy. Read her review here.

- Live -

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how chefs approached last weekend’s Chili Fest in this report by Jonas Beals. Did you know beans aren’t allowed in serious chili contests?

Four Fredericksburg-area wineries have won medals in the recent 2011 Virginia Governor’s Cup White Wine Competition. Cathy Jett has details here.

I’ve been sampling a lot of pumpkin beers lately, seeking one that truly offers some kind of pumpkin experience beyond just a bunch of spices. I’ve been largely disappointed, but I’m going to have to try Flying Dog’s The Fear seasonal after reading this review on local beer blog Musings Over a Pint. Might not want to read this blog before noon, it’ll make you want to pour yourself a cold one.

The A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Spotsylvania County will begin offering drop-in public tours of the Bowman Center facility Nov. 1. Read more here.

 

 

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