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White Squirrel Festival Food Finds

White Squirrel Festival

Over Memorial Weekend we went to Brevard, North Carolina to enjoy the White Squirrel Festival.  It is a family tradition now as we have been several years in a row.  We stay with my parents at their house in the mountains and have so much fun.

White Squirrel Festival

This year we had some fun new food finds over the weekend, unfortunately I didn’t capture them all.  I forgot to get pictures from the taco food truck or the food we ate from there.  What can I say, I was too busy enjoying it to bother!

Our big dessert find was Sunshine Sammies. They make heavenly ice cream sandwiches. The ice cream is homemade as are the cookies. This is a food truck based out of Asheville, I plan on hunting it down again!

White Squirrel Festival

We tried only two of the flavors, but they were wonderful. The cookies and cream ice cream on chocolate cookies was easier to eat as the cookies were not frozen rock solid. The cookie dough ice cream on chocolate chip cookies was also great, but the cookies were very frozen and a little trickier to eat, not that it stopped us!

Sunshine Sammies

We also finally got to Oskar Blues Brewery. It is only a couple of  miles from the house, almost stumbling distance if not for the busy road! Josh and my dad had a wonderful time tasting beers here.

Oskar Blues

Oskar Blues

Oskar Blues

It is a great place, both child and dog friendly! The boys enjoyed riding big wheels and playing games while the grown ups enjoyed drinking beer. They don’t serve food, so if you go plan to bring something along. You are more than welcome to bring in any outside food you wish.

Oskar Blues

So if you are in the Asheville/Brevard area give these places a try. They were a hit with our family!

 

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Weekend Getaway

We recently went to Brevard, North Carolina for a long weekend. I forgot that I took some pictures there to post. Maybe it was my husband breaking his hand the day we were to come home that distracted me!

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I love the area because they have so many places that sell local products. We love to go to the farmer’s market there. This time we had the vegetable hash with fried egg and bacon. It was super yummy. The addition of butternut squash was unexpected and oh so good.

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While the boys were doing their scavenger hunt at the market (a super cute idea by the way) I went back to Wild Indigo and got a blackberry cobbler bar or some other name, whatever it was called it was heavenly. We ate it later when the guys went fishing. By the way, the boys each got a peach for finishing their scavenger hunt!

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Even better than going to the market was enjoying a quiet date night dinner. My parents took the boys to their favorite place, Big Mike’s for pizza. Josh and I went next door to The Phoenix.

The restaurant is a farm to table establishment, meaning they use local food supplies. They have tapas which is a great way to try many things. We had shrimp with a tomato sauce, artichokes provencal and calamari. It was all so good. And to finish it all off we had a poached pear in a vanilla cream sauce and a broiled peach with goat cheese (similar to the one I HAD to make again and recently posted).

To finish off our date night we headed to Food Matters Market. I love to go to offbeat local markets and this one is great! They have local products and a wide array of natural and organic goods. We stocked up on beer, cocoa nibs, pretzels and a few other things.

Saturday night we cooked the trout the boys caught that morning. I am not a huge trout fan, but it actually was pretty good!

A trip to Brevard is not complete without a trip to Dolly’s Dairy Bar. They have the BEST homemade ice cream. Sean and Ewan went with my parents while Josh, Jack and I were at the ER. We had to take Jack before he would let us leave town since we promised him some ice cream earlier!

So there you have it, the family ate well in the mountains. If you ever get a chance, you must visit Brevard (just don’t break your hand going down Sliding Rock)!