National Ice Cream Day falls on July 19 this year, and Genesee County Parks is ready to celebrate. From 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the staff at Bluebell Beach in Flint will be making homemade ice cream to share with the public.
Whether or not you can make it out to thisfree event(which will also feature a bounce house and live music from the Saints of Soul Band!), there are plenty of places you can grab an ice cream cone in Genesee County. To name a few, there’s:
There’s a new breakfast/lunch option in downtown Flint, but there’s no need to call ahead for carryout.
Located in the Dryden Building, at 601 S. Saginaw St., Ground Floor Market is a grab-n-go convenience store that offers just about everything you could need for a quick snack, breakfast or lunch.
Not only does the small store carry on-the-go basics like gum, coffee and chips, it also sells baked goods from Crust Bakery and sandwiches and salads from The Laundry, which are freshly prepared each morning in Fenton.
The store is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more info, click here or call (810) 547-5591.
A glimpse of the selection at the Fenton Winery & Brewery
Those looking to celebrate Michigan’s Craft Beer Month in July won’t have to travel far. The brew is bubbling all over Flint & Genesee at breweries and wineries including:
Almar Orchards in Flushing: With more than 30 varieties of apples, Almar produces one of the best tasting apple ciders, J.K.’s Scrumpy Farmhouse Organic.
Fenton Winery & Brewery: Founded in 2007, Fenton Winery & Brewery began as a typical winery featuring 15 wines and a tasting bar. It now offers a variety of beers on tap and over 20 wine choices (three on tap) with a steady rotation of seasonal wines and specialties.
The Laundry in Fenton: Not only does The Laundry feature 100 classic and house cocktails at their full bar, Lynchpin Beer Company brews right onsite, specializing in Lynchpin taps, seasonal brews and growlers.
The Red Baron Brew Pub & Tap Room in Burton: The Red Baron offers 56 beers on tap that are meticulously maintained for all to enjoy featuring a small selection brewed by Red Baron, itself, such as a Chocolate Vanilla Crème Stout and a Naughty Eskimo IPA.
Tenacity Brewing in Flint: Located in one of Flint’s downtown old fire stations. Come taste some extraordinary and creative beer brewed with pride in Flint.
Genesee County also is home to at least one hops farm – an ingredient vital to crafting beer. The 55-acre Top Hops Farm in Atlas Township yielded 6,300 pounds of hops in 2014. Hops from the farm have been used in brews at several Michigan restaurants and breweries, including Redwood Brewing in Flint and Fenton Winery & Brewery.
For more information about Genesee County’s breweries and wineries,click here.
There’s a new food truck rolling the streets of Michigan, and the menu is definitely worth bookmarking. Based in Flushing, the Stick It Food Truck serves up “kabobs with a saucy attitude,” which are stuffed into flatbreads and lettuce wraps, or just served by themselves.
What sets the mobile enterprise apart from other kabob-focused eateries is its long list of sauces. To name a few, there’s the:
BBQ sauce: a tomato sauce with herbs, spices and Jack Daniels
Tzatziki sauce: a creamy Greek yogurt with cucumber, honey and mint
Mango salsa: a blend of mango, red pepper, red onion, jalapenos, cilantro and lime juice
Tomatillo sauce: roasted tomatillos, poblano chiles, garlic and onions
Marinara sauce: sweet tomatoes with garlic, basil, onions and balsamic vinegar
Garlic sauce: roasted garlic combined with Greek yogurt and parsley
Apple ginger chutney: Granny Smith apples and fresh ginger, apple cider and honey
Cranberry compote: Fresh cranberries with fresh ginger, orange and lemon zest, fresh orange and lemon juice and sugar
Vegetarian kabobs are also available as are skewers of fresh fruit, grilled to bring out the flavor. Side dishes include skewers of macaroni-and-cheese balls, bacon-wrapped potatoes and roasted brussel sprouts.
For dessert, the truck prepares fresh abelskivers, or small Danish pancakes coated in cinnamon sugar, with fruit, chocolate syrup and whipped cream.
This weekend, Stick It will be at Bay City’s Wenona Park Plaza (near the fountain) as part of the YMCA Riverside Art Festival. Food will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 13 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 14. The truck’s agenda also include making rounds at the following events:
National Donut Day comes but once a year. Here are three local bakeries that can help you celebrate.
Crust is pulling out a number of retired recipes in celebration of the June 5th holiday: PB and J, lemon-filled brioche, apple-filled kronut, toasted coconut, maple bacon, old-fashioned nutty and salted caramel. The bakery will also donate 10 percent of the day’s sales to Fenton’s Meet Up and Eat Up summer lunch program, which provides local youth with a free hot meal, regardless of household income. (104 W. Caroline St. in Fenton,www.crustandbeyond.com)
A Flint institution since 1963, Donna’s Donuts will carry almost all of its specials in honor of National Donut Day. In addition to the shop’s usual Friday cake sticks, it will also have devils food, sour cream, blueberry and red velvet. (1135 W. Bristol Road, Flint, www.donnasdonuts.com)
Raphael’s Donuts will be on-site at the Mt. Morris Farmers Market at Fairhaven Auto Parts, at 11625 N. Saginaw Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flavors include gluten-free options (vanilla passion and blueberry cake) as well as whole wheat (agave cinnamon spiced and banana grapefruit). (https://seeandbseen.org/category/photos/)