Just got back from vacation to find a very nice invitation from Ohio Proud (the state-sponsored collaborative of Ohio-based food producers and manufacturers) to conduct a cooking demo at the 23rd Annual Heartland Cuisine program at the Ohio State Fair. The demo must use Ohio products (hmmm, think we MIGHT use some JAM!)
Really, if you've never been to the Ohio Food Pavilion at the state fair, you must go. I'm surprised every year by the sheer variety of foods produced in this state! Did you know that Ohio has more than six potato chip manufacturers? Here are some: Ballreich's, Conn's, Frito-Lay, Herr, Jone's, and Shearer's. Who knew?
Besides the fair, we are preparing for our next big show: the Cincinnati Fine Food Show at Symmes Township Park. The food show is a subset of the Cincinnati Flower Show, and is on April 17 and 18. We'll have plenty of favorite springtime jams: Blackberry, Strawberry, and Blueberry. But also our specialities: Pear Honey, Traffic Jam, Strawberry Lemonade, Cranberry Chutney, and Christmas Jam (combination of blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries).
In a few days, I'll have our complete line-up of shows for the summer and fall completed. We'll post them here! Enjoy this beautiful spring day!