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Barre Lynn produces and stages cheese events at venues and festivals throughout the Andrea Rademan.


 Maryland is for the Adventurous
Jeremy Martinez says, "Maryland may not be on your list of states that come to mind when you go in search of adventure, but it should be." 

Puglia - Italy's Southern Gem
Dana Ross explores Puglia, which makes up the "heel" in the southeastern part of Italy.   

 Bordeaux Avec mes Amis - Dix
Jon Rusciano and his friends visit Château La Fleur-Pétrus and Château Canon.

Menzona, Northern Argentina's Wine Country
Valerie Summers showcases The Vines Resort & Spa, Bodega La Azul and Salentein, three bodegas in Mendoza.


Chocolate, Salt, and Caramel: The Ubiquitous Trio
 "I am beginning to wonder if it is still legal to produce a chocolate-covered caramel that does not contain detectable salt within the boundaries of the United States," says writer Stephanie Zonis.

March Is...

 Maple Sugar Month,
National Nutrition Month,
National Frozen Food Month, Great American Meatout Month,
National Peanut Month,
National Sauce Month,
National Flour Month,
National Noodle Month,
International Hamburger & Pickle Month.
Other holidays are: Peanut Butter Lover's Day, Pound Cake Day, Potato Chip Day, Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day.

Find daily "March Is" postings on Sally's Place in our The Daily Dish section.


If you are looking for ethnic recipes, look no further than our Sally's Place Ethnic Recipe Section.

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March 1, 2014

March Food Events Calendar

March is what I call a "swing" month.  Although some states are seeing lovely flowers and mild temperatures, others are still experiencing winter weather.  And what a winter this has been. But it is time to be rid of the winter doldrums and get out of the house.  Become more active, it's good for you.  Below you will find a sampling of March food events in various states across the U.S. Follow the links for more information about each of these events.

36th Annual Barrel Tasting Wine Road - Northern Sonoma County, California

100+ Wineries! Two Weekends: Feb 28-Mar 2 & March 7-9. 

This is your chance to sample wines from the barrel, talk to winemakers and explore the beautiful Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys. Many wineries offer "futures" on their barrel samples,  your chance to purchase wine now, often at a discount, then come back to the winery when the wine is bottled, typically in 12-18 months. For more information, click here.  


Maple Days in Sturbridge

Weekends March 1-30; 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,  Sturbridge, Massachusetts; When the flowers wake up, so do the maple trees. Professional historians and educators at Old Sturbridge Village demonstrate early New England maple sugar-making at the village's own working Sugar Camp. Visitors can experience the entire sugar-making process, from tapping the trees to "sugaring off."  For more information, click here.


Natural Products Expo West 2014 

Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA; Education and Events is March 6-9 and the Trade Show is March 7-9.    

For more information, click here


Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival

This year long event travels to different cities seven months of the year. The month of March finds the festival in Atlanta, GA on March 1 and Timonium, Maryland March 21-22. The price of admission gets you access to 60 beers, 40 bourbons and tasty BBQ. For more information, click here


29th Annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival
Join in March 10-15 for award-winning wines, the lowcountry's finest cuisine, and the incomparable setting of Hilton Head Island. It's a recipe to delight your senses and one you will find only at the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival.
For more information, click here


Beer & Food Pairings in San Diego

Discover the San Diego Museum of Man's BEERology exhibit while drinking the brew itself! Enjoy specially paired beer and food samples and learn how certain food and beer flavors complement each other. Join the Museum and local craft breweries for this event March 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, click here.


Texas Onion Fest
Weslaco, Texas is the home of the 1015 sweet onion, which is celebrated in grand style with live music on two stages, an onion eating contest, a kid's zone, arts & crafts, cooking demonstrations and both an onion recipe contest and a salsa recipe contest. For more information, click here.

Also, read my "Mardi Gras: Oysters Rockefeller & Banana Foster" and "Valentine's Day Recipe: Pears Belle Hélène" posts on on Sally's Food for Thought blog.



All the best in food, wine, and travel.

Happy March,


Sally Bernstein



Sally's Recommendations

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lillie_belle_bon_bon Lillie Belle Farms is in Southern Oregon. Their exotic caramels, luxury truffles, and "Bean to Bar" chocolate bars are made with organic chocolate.   They have been pleasing chocolate lovers for over ten years and Lillie Belle Farms has been chosen as one of America's Top 10 Chocolatiers. For information, click here.

Dave's Gourmet Masala Marinara Pasta Sauce

This delicious and innovative pasta sauce pairs the wonderful western flavors of a classic marinara with the spices (masala), lime and coconut flavors of the South Asian world. This sauce also won the award for the best pasta sauce in the specialty food world. Try it on pasta or rice with chicken, pork, lamb, seafood and/or vegetables.  For more information, click here .