Venezuelan Street Food from Hello Arepa

hello arepa truckHello Arepa is one of five food trucks coming to the festival this year. An Arepa is “a grilled then baked corn flour patty, stuffed with tastiness.” It’s based on a Venezuelan recipe for delicious street food. We asked Arthur, maker of delicious arepas, what we can expect from his truck at the festival.

arepa with fetaWhat’s your flavor profile?

Venezuelan food is generally not spicy, it’s comfort food. And being a foodie who’s also approaching two decades as a non-dairy vegetarian, I know how easy it is for veg fair to go bland. I hate that. So, our profile tends to be very flavorful, without heat. We try to honor the tradition of Venezuelan arepas, but we definitely put our own spin on things.

What’s your best-selling item? Aka what should people buy before it sells out?

Our take on Rochester’s garbage plate tends to sell out pretty quickly. It’s a cut-up arepa beneath: local organic black beans, BBQ tofu (chorizo on the non-veg version) and plantain chips, all covered in feta and cheddar jack cheese, sriracha mayo, avocado creme (V), and fresh pico de gallo. Because it relies on the ingredients from some of our more popular arepas (BBQ tofu in particular), our plates don’t stay on the menu long.

Interestingly our most popular item, the chorizo arepa, generally doesn’t sell out, because we almost always have more ingredients in the fridge if we need it.

arepa plate

What’s your favorite item to make? Why?

Probably the Vene Ranchero. It’s our black beans with cheddar/jack cheese, pico de gallo, and an over-easy fried egg. There’s something very satisfying about cooking fried eggs, short-order style. It makes me feel more like a chef than an arepa factory.

Tell us about the most unique on your menu.

I guess that would be our arepa with salted maple tofu, ginger aioli and escarole. It’s something that I just made up after the earthquake in Rochester last May. Everyone was joking about the quake, because lots of folks felt it and it did no real damage. So we wanted to make up something unique to “celebrate.” Since it was spring and maple syrup wash fresh, that’s what I came up with. We called it the “ROC Quake Special” that weekend. But people loved it so much, we bring it back every now and then with the snappy title, “Salted Maple Tofu.”

arepa tortillasWhat’s your signature ingredient?

The masa, no question. It’s the star of the show. There is only one flour that can be used to make genuine Venezuelan arepas. It’s a fine-ground pre-cooked white corn meal. Without that ingredient, we’d be in big trouble.

Music of the CAMF 2014: Wolf Mountain Band

One of our featured bands for the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival is the Wolf Mountain Band, a band that plays a blend of southern rock and country.  We talked to Bill, who is the lead guitarist and vocalist for the band.  The band name was chosen out of a random drawing and was narrowed down from the top 10 to the top 5 names.  Both Bill and Sandy Fronefield eventually decided to start the new band name “Wolf Mountain.”

Their music playlist includes 80’s to top 40 country and southern rock styles and original compositions.  One of Bill’s original songs “Never Loved a Woman” is the most requested song whenever they performed at festivals and fairs in western NY.  Their sound is influenced by the likes of The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, the Eagles and Miranda Lambert.

Wolf Mountain Band

Audience members should be ready for some strong choices from their lead vocals and their original style.  To learn more about the band, visit their Facebook page and their Reverb Nation profile  They will be ready to to perform on Sunday 20th July at 3:30PM – 5PM at the Common’s Park Main Stage.

The Potter & Woodsmith – Nature Inspires Handmade Art

A small budget and an empty new home fostered the birth of “The Potter & Woodsmith” – a duo of artists who, while filling their own home with handmade art, decided to turn their passion into a full time business. Sara and Steve Kozak (the couple behind the business) renovated their tiny garage into a ceramic studio to begin creating their on-of-a-kind pieces.

Potter and Woodsmith MugsUsing reclaimed wood and ceramics, their art takes on a personality all its own. Many of their pieces begin with a stoneware clay body. Then elements of different wood types are added in to create the handles of a coffee mug or roof of a birdhouse, to name a few.

The inspiration for their craft and tools of their trade can often be found right in their own backyard. Much of the wood used in their pieces comes from nearby tree trimmers or local businesses that throw pallet wood away. And while nature helps supply their craft, it also is one of their greatest muses, Sara says.

 “Nature reminds us that perfection can be found in imperfection. We love looking at our work and being able to tell by an asymmetrical edge or slight variation between two like pieces that they were made by the human hand.”

Potter and Woodsmith Birdhouse

In addition to their passion for ceramics and woodworking, the Kozaks love seeing how their work grows throughout the years. They welcome feedback from customers, as they recognize that each piece is a part “lifelong artistic journey” and that they will always have more to learn.

The Potter & Woodsmith will be displaying their pieces at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival, July 18-20. Their work can also be found on Etsy at their personal address:

Guest Post: Carriage House Creations

 Jewelry exhibitor Lorraine Frelier wrote a guest post for our blog – going back to her earliest inspiration and giving an inside look into how she creates her pieces.

DSCF0023I’ve always been creative. My first love was sewing, which my mother taught me. I also love needle work, especially embroidery. This taught me patience, to follow directions and determination. I’ve made several quilts and love the colors and textures found in vintage linens, quilts, curtains and drapery. One of my pastimes as a kid was untangling costume jewelry found on my mom’s vanity. I wondered at how they were put together and how they were made. As I got older, I would go to flea markets, yard sales, church bazaars looking for antique, vintage and unusual things to wear and bring into my home. I’ve refinished lots of furniture, which my mother also taught me, and have repurposed many of my finds. I started making jewelry from some of these found items. I made pearl bridesmaid necklaces for my wedding party from some of these things. This was the seed to Carriage House Creations.

DSCF0046 As I stayed home with my growing family, I found outlets for my creative interest. I was also making jewelry for myself and friends and thought I could sell some of my things. I was inspired by a vendor I spoke to at an arts festival. I originally made my jewelry upstairs in my 1870s carriage house, giving my budding business a name, Carriage House Creations. I have since moved to the basement in my home and have two kilns, a work bench and great storage. Like many jewelry artisans, I started with found items and craft store jewelry findings and beads. Through the internet the availability of more varied and better quality materials became much easier to obtain. As beading became more popular and the cost of silver went up, I noticed an increase in copper items featured in magazines and on some of the web sites I used. I recalled growing up in Ithaca and my 6th grade art teacher, Mr. Dobert, teaching us to enamel! I still have the piece. This art form uses copper and I thought enameling would be something unique. So, off to the library to find every enameling book published in the 1970s. YouTube was also helpful. I find a real joy in creating my jewelry pieces using simple materials: powdered enamels, raw copper and a high temperature kiln. The creative possibilities are endless.

DSCF0069It’s a very involved process containing many steps to successfully finish a piece. I shape the copper, clean it, decide how it’s to be fastened, enamel several times to get different effects. I incorporated these pieces with jewelry findings, some that I create and other I purchase (like chain) to make unique jewelry.

My jewelry reflects some of my beliefs. Not everything happens as planned and some of the most interesting things happen by chance. There are so many variables in both the enameling process and in life itself, things do not always come out as expected. I believe you need to be open to unexpected outcomes and always look for the “silver lining.” I love the uniqueness of each of my pieces. By using basic, simple scaled down materials – raw copper, powdered glass and fire – I’m creating timeless pieces of jewelry. I think the pieces have a unique, relaxed and comfortable feel to them.

I’m very excited I was chosen to participate in this festival this year. I have participated in the past and have really enjoyed the festival. My jewelry can purchased at Cheshire Union, just south of Canandaigua, Mendon Fountains and Flowers in Mendon and a new shop, Creations Gifts and Treasures, in Pittsford along the canal, in Northfield Commons.

I can always be contacted by email at or you can see my facebook page:

Music of the CAMF 2014: Earth Science

We are enthralled to introduce an upcoming Jazz ensemble from the Eastman School of Music to the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival. They have performed various events in the Rochester area, including the recent Rochester International Jazz Festival. Earth Science consists of Andrew Links (pianist), Brandon Choi (trumpeter), Tyrone Allen (bass), Aaron Staebell (drums) and Wendy Eisenberg (guitar). The band plays different dialects of jazz; from post jazz to experimental, and they draw inspirations from other genres of music. We got to talk to Wendy, the lead guitarist and head honcho of the band. She tells us that she came up with the band because:

In high school my boyfriend was in the Earth Science class while I took physics and I was always really jealous, because they got to travel to places around Maryland (where I grew up) and look deeply at the flora and rocks and land formations and just be curious, while the physics kids were mostly stuck indoors.


Though the explanation was back in time, she continues that the name of the band is based on her exploration point as a musician and the name seemed fitting. The band was formed for her senior jazz guitar recital in Eastman and a collaboration with Aaron Staebell; who is an accomplished jazz drummer in Rochester and in various parts of the country.

Many of Wendy’s inspirations are drawn from poetry and she relies on the mood and emotional tact from these pieces to inspire her intricate composition choices. The band’s philosophy is summed up by one of her compositions titled “You Go By The Rules But The Rules Don’t Matter,” inspired from a John Berryman poem and is one of Wendy’s compositions. The band also draws inspiration from the likes of Miles Davis, Fiona Apple and Jimi Hendrix.

Festival goers should expect some interesting new sounds from this upcoming jazz band and are encouraged to enjoy this “experimental” style of jazz. Do not miss class and watch Earth Science perform Friday 18th July at 3:45PM at the Commons Park Main Stage.