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Sam & Oliver products can now be found at the Old Wethersfield Country Store! This specialty grocery featuress a wide range of gourmet, local, gluten-free, non-GMO and organic foods. They include Connecticut cheeses and free range beef, as well as locally made chips, jams, hot sauces and maple syrup. The owners discovered many of the items at local farmers markets. The Old Wethersfield Country Store is located at 221 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT, 06109
Sam & Oliver products are now available from HotSauceWillies.com, an online hot sauce collective that hand-picks award winning sauces and related products. During the month of June, 2017, Sam & Oliver will be transitioning online ordering over to HotSauceWillies.com. Sam & Oliver products will still be available in local retail stores, directly invoiced for food service and wholesale, or live sales during shows and events.
One of Connecticut’s largest state fairs, the Woodstock Fair located in Woodstock, Connecticut has finally come to a close. The inventory was packed up, the tent was hauled away and the beans were counted. It was the perfect end to a massive 4-day show of 15-hour work days. When the show started September 4th, I quickly realized that the crowds were hungrier and unlike any shows I vended at before. My 10′ x 10′ concession booth became a hub for spice-craving fans and people who wanted gifts for chiliheads. The Woodstock fair was my debut of the Gift Bag, a nice red bag with a bottle of each of my flavors, and choice of keychain at a bargain price. By the evening of the 5th, I had sold out of all 250 gift bags I brought to the fair, a rookie mistake underestimating my inventory. Sunday brought 50% greater sales
The Brooklyn Fair in Brooklyn, CT was an amazing time. Sam & Oliver’s first 4-day event and a real challenge in the way of logistics, inventory and sales coordination. Saturday brought in the largest per-day sales results to date, with the entire show edging out the Made in CT Expo for the largest sales per-event to date as well. The inclusion of our 3-Pack Gift Bag as a value-added option made a big difference with buyers who couldn’t decide on which tasty flavors to go with or wanted to give a bottle to a friend or loved one as a gift. We loved the people who came out to see us with their dogs, wearing Pug shirts or had pictures of their own pugs. We love you! Remember: Tag us at the show #samandoliver or @samsauces and you could win some free product! Tag us with your pets too!
The 2015 Lebanon Country Fair ended on a good note after casual Friday and busy Saturday. Lots of friends were made, sauces sampled and bottles sold to eager mouths and good homes. I would like to say hello and thank you to my new friends from Heidi Jo’s Jerkey with sage advice and awesome treats they let me taste. Sam & Oliver will be vending outdoors next at the Brooklyn Fair starting August 27th and ending August 30th.
I am seeking funding to make a sponsorship donation to the FAITH Food Pantry at the Kindness Dream Ride on it’s way to the Newtown Car Show. The Newtown Car Show was established in 2010 as a fundraiser for the Faith Food Pantry for Sandy Hook, CT. The Kindness Dream Ride is a 6.2 mile parade of dream cars led by police, firemen, ambulance, tribute vehicles and motorcycles through beautiful areas of Newtown. The KDR departs from Newtown High School, ventures through Sandy Hook Center, around the Flagpole on Main St. and down Route 25 to join the Newtown Car Show. Thousands of spectators, with checkered flags in hand, are expected along the KDR route and at the show to join the celebration! How will this fundraiser be used: A sponsorship donation will be made that will allow the FAITH Food Pantry to donate food for families within the community