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Sam & Oliver now at Old Wethersfield Store

owSam & 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


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Sam & Oliver now at

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Sam & Oliver products are now available from, 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

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.


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Woodstock Fair Breaks Sales Record Each Day!

Loot Bag2One 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.  Tent2By 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 than Saturday, which previously eclipsed my best-day sales by nearly 100% itself.  I was fortunate to have been acquainted with a talented young woman named Danielle who did a superb job of sales and tastings with customers from open to close each day.

Sam & Oliver will be attending the North Haven Fair, in North Haven Connecticut this Thursday, the 10th.  If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello!

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Brooklyn Fair: Great food, friends and new customers!

Brooklyn Fair at nightThe 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!

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Lebanon Country Fair finishes on a high note

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.

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The Brooklyn Fair, Brooklyn, Connecticut

By in News Comments Off on Fundraiser launched for donation to The FAITH Food Pantry for Sandy Hook, CT

Fundraiser launched for donation to The FAITH Food Pantry for Sandy Hook, CT


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 so they don’t go hungry.

How am I currently involved?

I am currently registered as a vendor at the show with my start-up hot sauce company, Sam & Oliver. I plan on donating a portion of my proceeds at the conclusion of the show. Being my first year, however, money is very tight and I am unable to make this donation myself as the sponsorship must be made in full, in advance prior to the Dream Ride itself.

“I hope to raise awareness and funding so I can donate to the sponsorship program. Any additional money raised will be given directly to the FAITH Food Pantry as well at the conclusion of the Newtown Car Show.” said Jeff Maginniss, Chief Spice Officer of Sam & Oliver, LLC.

What will I do for backers?

Backers will receive 1 bottles of Sam & Oliver’s Cinder and Stoke hot sauce for every $10 pledged. I will cover the cost of shipping to show my appreciation.

Sam & Oliver’s hot sauces are an all-natural, gluten free, vegan and paleo friendly alternative to commercially mass-produced condiments found in stores today. Sam & Oliver’s sauces are designed and developed right here in Guilford Connecticut, and filled for me in St. Augustine, Florida.

“I know together we can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Sam & Oliver is all about quality and integrity, and there is no reason anyone should go hungry in the world today. Please help me achieve this goal.” Maginniss said.

How to get involved & More Information:

To make a pledge, please click this link:

More info about the Newtown Car Show can be found here:

More info about the FAITH Food Pantry can be found here:

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