Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hillcrest Farmers Market featured on the Food Network

The Food Network’s new competition series (air date TBD) started their filming in San Diego this weekend. One of the seven locations they were filming included our farmers market! The Nom Nom Truck, also known as the Nominator, was stationed in the Hillcrest DMV parking lot next to Joe’s on the Nose for the majority of the day. Their goal was to sell more of their product than any of the other mobile food businesses in the competition. The vehicle that sold the least amount of food would be eliminated from the competition. The Nom Nom truck served up a delicious banh mi, or Vietnamese sandwich, to farmers market customers. This type of sandwich is served on a baguette and made up of thinly sliced pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers, cilantro, chili peppers, mayonnaise, and various meat fillings or tofu. The Food Network will continue filming in various locations throughout the United States with its final destination in Manhattan, New York for the competitions finale.

Don't forget to stop by the market for our Artist at the Market event featuring Tim Latham. He will be creating a Hillcrest inspired masterpiece at the information booth!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Visiting Chef Series featuring Kosta Houdalakis

The Visiting Chef Series on Sunday was yet another successful event for the Hillcrest Farmers Market. Kosta's (of Lisko Imports) vivacious personality intrigued market attendees as they stopped to watch our fourth chef in the series. Audience members and people passing by could smell the mushroom risotto as it sizzled in Kosta’s pan. He asked volunteers to help him stir the risotto as he worked on the bruschetta. The audience agreed, after sampling his tasty treats, that each of these recipes were equally delicious! Kosta will have the printed recipes available at his booth this Sunday for anyone who wishes to try them out at home. Stay tuned for details on our next visiting chef by going to our website or by checking this blog.

Save the dates:

Artist at the Market
- On May 2nd , featuring local artist Tim Latham who will be doing a live art demonstration inspired by Hillcrest.

Arts and Crafts
- On May 9th, in celebration of Mother’s Day, miniature pots and flowers will be provided for a flower potting bonanza!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Artist at the Market with Jessica Johnson

This past Sunday at the Hillcrest Farmers Market, local artist Jessica Johnson painted a beautiful interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. Many market attendees stopped at the information booth to admire her work and ask questions regarding her inspirations. Beginning in May, Jessica will be showing her work at an Alice in Wonderland themed art event in Ocean Beach. To see more of Jessica’s artwork and photography, you can visit her website.

Save the date for the Visiting Chef Series this Sunday from 1pm-2pm at the Hillcrest Farmers Market! Come watch market vendor Kosta from Lisko Imports prepare simple bruschetta and risotto recipes. Be sure to stick around for samples!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Easter at the Market

Easter Sunday at the Hillcrest Farmers Market was full of lively market patrons wandering the aisles with their colorful bouquets and fresh produce. The warm weather was perfect for our Easter arts and crafts event. Kids of all ages came to the Information Booth to decorate their own Easter bunny masks with a variety of festive adornments. While some chose make simple masks, others glued just about every decoration they could find to their art project! This event provided the market with some great entertainment for the whole family. Don’t miss our next crafting event on May, 9th for Mother’s Day as we get our hands dirty for a gardening celebration of motherhood. Miniature pots and flowers will be provided for a flower potting bonanza!
Save the date for the next Visiting Chef Series! On April 18th from 1pm-2pm, market vendor Kosta Houdalakis of Lisko Imports will be using farmer’s market products to demonstrate how to create a simple bruschetta as well as delicious risotto.