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Concord Food Co-op Snowflake Social. Courtesy photo.




Snowflake Social

Where: Concord Food Co-op, 24 S. Main St., Concord
When: Thursday, Dec. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free admission and samples 
Visit: concordfoodcoop.coop




Snowy samples
Concord Co-op hosts free holiday tasting

12/15/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Find the perfect food and drinks to serve at your holiday party and taste them yourself at the Concord Food Co-op’s annual Snowflake Social happening Thursday, Dec. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. Each Co-op food department as well as several outside vendors will be serving free samples of a variety of seasonal products. 

“It’s actually one of our premier events that we do every year,” said Paige Charland, the event organizer and Co-op marketing specialist. “There’s a holiday mood in the air, and we like to carry that into the store with festive dinners and desserts and seasonal samples.” 
Tasting tables will be set up throughout the store. Stop by the bakery to sample the cheesecake of the month — eggnog — which is available for purchase as a whole cake or individual slices. The bulk department will be serving up sweet snacks like chocolate popcorn, peppermint bark and Marich chocolates. In produce, try a colorful salad topped with lemon and orange wedges and pistachios, or recharge with a chocolate protein drink made with peppermint essential oil, available in the health and beauty department along with free packets of the drink to take home. There will also be a hot bar where you can sample or buy a holiday meal; the bar will feature spiral honey ham, tourtiere (a Canadian meat pie), artichoke mushroom lasagna, candied sweet potatoes and candy cane bread pudding. 
“The holidays can be stressful, so at the hot bar people can bring home a festive dinner for family and friends and have a relaxing evening,” Charland said. 
Outside vendors serving samples of their products will include Runamok Maple (maple products), Smart Chicken (natural and organic air-chilled chicken), Nuttin Ordinary (vegan cashew cheese spreads), Pulp Kitchen Juices (organic, cold-pressed juices) and others to be announced. There will also be a cheese and cracker platter and seasonal beer and wine samples, including the Co-op’s wine of the month, Canaletto. 
Charland said most of the featured products will be available to purchase at the Co-op throughout the holiday season (and year round for some products). If you can’t make the Snowflake Social, there are ongoing opportunities to sample new products and meet local vendors with the Co-op’s Tasty Thursdays series, held the first Thursday of every month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
“It’s basically a smaller-scale version of the Snowflake Social where people can try free samples, do some shopping and take advantage of sales,” Charland said. “Sometimes people see a product and aren’t sure about it, so it gives them a chance to try before they buy.” 





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