When I first heard about the new Swirl & Slice Market highlighting local wine and cheese it was winter and the thought of a warm evening out in Union Square sampling delicious treats sounded heavenly. Well, it turned out to be even better than I imagined!
The opening night of the market was last Thursday, June 14, and the weather couldn’t have been more lovely for a stroll around Union. The live band, Bopkick, provided smooth tunes that were the perfect backdrop to the early summer evening. And wine and cheese vendors handed out samples of some terrific products made right here in the Bay State.
I really enjoyed trying Sprouted Raw Foods’ offerings, especially the little chocolate and vanilla cookies. Stir It Up Cuisine provided samples of some really delicious pepper jelly that was both sweet and a little spicy.
As for the wine, Alfalfa Farm Winery poured samples of its delicious Marechal Roch and it’s “accidental” rose, in addition to several other wines. Coastal Vineyards’ Seaside Red and Seyval Blanc were perfect for a warm summer evening. At Turtle Creek, the chardonnay called my name, even though it’s typically not a variety of wine that I love. Zoll Cellars’ Lighthouse Blend was a light red that would be incredible chilled (or in a sangria, as they suggested) and its New York Vidal Blanc was a great dessert wine.
In addition to regular wine, Still River Winery poured samples of its delightfully sweet apple ice wine in both still and sparkling varieties. They were perfectly paired with some nice cheese and would make a great after-dinner treat. Green River Ambrosia offered tastes of its mead (honey wine) flavored with apple and bourbon, a truly unique and special beverage. (These are the same people who make Katalyst Kombucha, so if you like that, be sure to try their mead!)
Speaking of Katalyst, Josh Danoff from Culinary Cruisers was also at the market pouring samples of that and selling his perfect-for-summer Ocean Ave Pops. Learn more about the new venture and Josh.
The market also offered samples of some of the best cheese I’ve ever had. I loved Brookfield Farm’s fromage frais, which was a soft cheese covered in the most flavorful herbs. Crystal Brook Farm’s goat cheese was oh-so-tangy and would be perfect on a crust baguette. At the Nobscot Artisan Cheese booth, I really enjoyed the herbs de Provence flavor. And Robinson Farm offered samples of its yummy artisanal farmstead cheese.
In addition to wandering the samples and sampling the goods, Swirl & Slice is hosting several special tastings throughout its run this summer. Tonight is chocolate night at the market and Walter and the Night Owls will be providing the live music. There will also be a special performance from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. by The Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, which is billed as a 15-piece “raucous, stomp-your-foot-and-belt-out-the-choruses” New Orleans-style street band. So head down to Union Square tonight from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. to try some delicious wine and cheese and spend an evening strolling through this wonderful new market!
Swirl & Slice Market
Every Thursday from 5 p.m.-8 p.m., June 14-September 20
Union Square Plaza