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A Sampling of Tasty Treats at the Garden City Art Festival

19 Apr

Some people love festivals for the food…are you one of those people? Check out the line-up of food vendors we have for the Garden City Art Festival:

Food & Beverage Vendors at the 2013 Garden City Art Festival

Food & Beverage Vendors at the 2013 Garden City Art Festival

But wait – there’s more!

Food & Beverage at Garden City Art Festival

Food & Beverage at Garden City Art Festival

I can say from personal experience, that if you’ve never tried Shire City’s Fire Cider you really should stop by their booth and give it a try – it’s quite an experience. There are lots of different uses for Fire Cider but I think my two favorites are to add a few drops to deviled eggs and it makes a dynamite cole slaw salad dressing. Check out their website for recipes and more information about this unique medicinal concoction!

You can find all these vendors and more at the Garden City Art Festival on June 8th and 9th, 2013 in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Garden City Art Festival 2013

Garden City Art Festival 2013

Festival Fete thanks our Garden City Art Festival sponsor:



Garden City Art Festival Artists & Re-purposing

15 Mar

Earlier this week, I posted about artists who take something ordinary, discarded or simply used for some other purpose and transform it into something entirely different. I mentioned the artist Joanne DeLomba and her whimsical re-purposed plates (click here to read the article and learn more about Joanne) It takes a special eye to look at a seashell or a piece of sea glass (which is beautiful on it’s own) and envision it composed in an entirely different, but artful way. Here is a sampling of artists that re-purpose or up-cycle in many splendid ways:

Garden City Arts Festival Artists

Garden City Arts Festival Artists

I love flea markets. Old, dented, battered, patinated and beglittered elements are just my kind of thing. Combining these possibly neglected elements into fresh designs is my dream come true. Access to vintage, new, unused, jewelry stock and interesting, purposeful objects allows for happy blending experiments. The emergence of fresh combinations from my hands and pliers allows me to fulfill my lifelong interest in gardening without killing any plants. In this way, recycled, repurposed, organic compositions and artistic intentions coincide. – Wendy Baker, jewelry artist

You can see all of these artists at the Garden City Art Festival on June 8th and 9th in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Melonie Massa, Mermaid’s Baubles

Joanne DeLomba

Wendy Baker

Annette Paull, WaterSpirits Jewelry

Margaret DeBruin, Upcycled Clothing for Children

Gary de Blois, Just Beachy Keen

Garden City Art Festival 2013

Garden City Art Festival 2013

Many thanks to our sponsor:


Fantabulous (Local) Artists at the Holiday Market!

30 Nov

Here it is – the wonderful line-up of artisans, crafts people, specialty food vendors, young (student) artists, and sponsors all put together in one magical place to make your holiday shopping experience fun! After months of planning, Festival Fete’s Holiday Market is almost ready to open the doors and welcome you in! Make sure to pick up a playbill when you arrive and look for all the fun things to do – a scavenger hunt, penny social, delicious treats and free gift wrap!

Whole Foods Market in Garden City will be there selling Christmas trees to benefit Art is Smart and they will also be inside offering lunch goodies too! Here is the an updated menu:

  • Sausage and peppers/Veggie sausage and peppers
    Hot dog/Veggie hot dog
    Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup
    Chips, Soda and Chocolate Chip Cookies…yum!

See you there! – Danielle

Many Thanks to our sponsor: MOO.COM

Get out of the kitchen this Thanksgiving…

12 Nov

…spend more time visiting with your friends and family. It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is coming up next week! Are you ready? Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that always seems to creep up on us, and because the holiday itself is on a Thursday it always seems like you don’t have a lot of time to prepare. So maybe you could use a little help?

Whether you will be breaking bread with two people or twelve, you may want to consider the bounty of delicious offerings from Whole Foods Market. I stopped in this past weekend to the Whole Foods Market in Garden City Cranston to sample some of their Thanksgiving Menu, and in my opinion there really is something for everyone, and it’s easy as pie! They have a traditional dinner which includes a free-range turkey (several different varieties to choose from) along with all the sides that everyone expects at the table; mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls and pie…but they also have a Vegan Dinner too.

You can choose to have your turkey cooked for you or prepared with an herb butter rub to slip into the oven. Everything tasted totally homemade and fresh (nothing artificial or overly seasoned).  If you’re a “foodie” like me, and want to take it up a notch for the holiday, you might consider something from their cheese board or an hors d’oeveres like the Shrimp & Asparagus Strudel (yum!) or my personal favorite from the tasting, the Roasted Corn & Lobster Bisque.

You may decide to get the whole enchilada (Thanksgiving Dinner in a box) or you can just select your favorites a la carte and slip that gourmet stuffing right into Grandma’s casserole dish and voila – you’re amazing! You can place your order in person at the store, or you can order online but in any case you should order by Monday, November 19th.

If you will be traveling for the holiday to visit family or friends, a unique and hand made hostess gift always hits the spot.  Be on the lookout for my post later on this week – I will share some local events where you can find unique hand made gifts, including the Meadowbrook Waldorf Holiday Faire on 11/17-18.

Thanksgiving weekend is the last weekend before the BIG EVENT – Festival Fete’s Holiday Market! December 1st and 2nd, from 10am -5pm daily at Garden City Center in the former Borders Bookstore space.  In support of Art is Smart, there is a $3 suggested donation entrance fee. Whole Foods Market will have a small cafe set up inside the Holiday Market to keep you well nourished while you shop! They will have sandwiches (Italian Grinder or Caprese Sandwich) Chicken Soup,  Mesclun Goat Cheese Salad, Chips, Cookies, Water and Soda as well as a PB&J with milk box for the kids.

Whole Foods Market has been a wonderful sponsor for Festival Fete and we are so thankful!

The Wait is Over!

8 Jun

The big event is finally here!
Come out TOMORROW to the Garden City Center in Cranston, Rhode Island for the second annual Garden City Center Art Festival, presented by Festival Fete

Come out for beautiful local art work


By The Toe Jam Band

And The Big Nazo

Local EATS…

La Creperie

Dirty Vegan Foods

Burger Shack


You don’t want to miss out on this wonderful fun-filled, family friendly, local art event!

Come out tomorrow, June 9th & Sunday, June 10th to celebrate the arts with Festival Fete!

Big thanks to our presenting sponsor!

October Newsletter

29 Sep

The Stirring Spoon

2 Sep

The Stirring Spoon is all about helping you prepare healthier and better tasting food at home! And who would not want that?!?!

These all natutural sauces are low in sodium as well as sugar.  Even if you are a novice cook, the Stirring Spoon’s sauces will help you turn ordinary into extraordinary very quickly!!  Linda Couture’s sauces go beyond the realm of other BBQ sauces as they were formulated to enhance and not overpower the food itself.  With these sauces, you can quickly glaze carrots, onions, and any other vegetables of yoru choice, or transform plain everyday chicken into something delicious.

Check out the website for more ideas, recipes, and retail locations. 

Just in time for labor day cookouts The Stirring Spoon is offering a show special – a gift pack of 3 of your favorite sauces reduced to $16.00. Shipping is available. 

Also take a look at the cooking demo video. Learn some fantastic cooking ideas and tips!! :]


TOMORROW TOMOROW TOMORROW!!!! Super excited, can not contain it!!!!

PLEASE PLEASE COME OUT THIS SATURDAY September 3, 2011 to The East Greenwich Art Festival!!! You will not regret it, there are lots and lots of amazing local artists and vendors!! :]

The East Greenwich Art Festival is proud to be sponsered by Whole Foods, RI Monthly, Natural Awakenings, Cat Country-WCTK, Yelp, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Cardi’s Furniture, Robyn Ivy Photography, Galaxy Nutritional Foods, DeLuca + Weizenbaum Attorneys at Law, Rhode Island Medical Imaging, Summer Arts and Festival Organization, Coastal Medical, Aim High Academy, and South County Hospital Medical & Wellness Center.