Astoria's Artisanal Foodmakers on Display at Pop-Up Winter Market

By Jeanmarie Evelly on February 21, 2013 12:48pm 

ASTORIA — The best of the borough's artisan food vendors will be on display this weekend as the Queens County Market returns to Astoria with a pop-up winter event at Sac's Place.

A dozen local vendors will have their goods on display at the Astoria restaurant, at 25-41 Broadway.

Among the vendors will be Astoria's new Native Coffee Roasters, which roasts small batch single-origin fair trade coffee beans. The company will be making its debut at the market on Sunday, according to owner Brian Donaldson, who does his roasting and bagging at a warehouse on 49th Street.

For another first, Sac's Place will be selling bottles of its very own tomato sauce — "Mama's Sauce" — made from San Marzano tomatoes.

"There are a lot of people cooking great food in Queens so we wanted to participate and support our local community," Sac's co-owner Anthony Sacramone said in an announcement of the event.

For fans of the savory, Long Island City's Charlito's Cocina will be selling its artisanal charcuterie, like its truffle-cured sausage, and vegan and vegetarian-friendly condiments and snacks will be offered by the Peartree Pantry.

Sweets-lovers can indulge in brownie pops, truffles and mini cupcakes from Astoria-based  The Chocolate Swirl, while Long Island City ice cream shop Malu will be on hand with pints of its homemade strawberry champagne sorbet, mint chip and rocky road ice creams.

Astoria food blogger Meg Cotner will also be making an appearance at the market to sell and sign copies of her book, "Food Lover's Guide to Queens."

The Winter Food Market will take place Sunday, Feb. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. at Sac's Place at 25-41 Broadway in Astoria. For more information, visit www.queenscountymarket.com.

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