Meet, eat and shop was the motto that I lived by over the weekend thanks to The Emporiyum that was hosted at the former H&S Bakery in Fells Point, Baltimore. I knew I was in the right area because I could smell the venue before I saw it. For two days a ecclectic restaurants, breweries, local mom and pop shops and other artisans presented their delectable’s to the general public for a minimal fee considering the samples were large enough for two. The Emporiyum was nothing short of soigné (SWAN-YAY) which means excellent for all you non-foodies; it offered tastie treats and thoughtful gifts. The lineup included Gluten-free and vegan munchies, fine meat, gourmet sauces, your favorite alcohol infused snacks (sure make any day brighter), and if you weren’t into taste testing there was plenty of eye candy to go around.
I brought my taste buds with me on Sunday going from Birroteca and their gourmet spinach feta pizza, to Cava Meeze that had jalapeno humus n chips, I washed it down with a carbonated water from Charm City Beverage that was more carbonated than water but I pushed on trying Chinese dumplings at Pinch Dumplings and topped it off with salted caramel ice cream from Shake Shack. Sunday you could have called me Mikey because I would try anything and everything I got my hands on was delicious.
Most vendors were Baltimorean’s or locals to the DMV like the Popcorn Queens; they get my honorable mention. They are a mother-daughter team from DC who handcrafts gourmet caramel popcorn. You know Mother’s Day is around the corner and it just so happens the key to my mother’s heart is fresh popcorn so I had to show support. If you missed the event you will still be able to get your taste on because The Emporiyum is sponsored by City Dining Cards and they will be launching an “app” for savings at most of the restaurants who hosted this smorgasbord at The Emporiyum. For a list of vendors or if you want to participate in the next Emporiyum visit their website at www.TheEmporiyum.com
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