Last week, visitors to the Fresno Food Expo indulged in garlic cheese bread, peach Bellini cocktails and fig-balsamic jam -- all of it made by local companies.
So if you missed the show, where can you get these Valley-made products?
Some you can't get anywhere yet, but many are at local stores.
Sometimes, especially with the smaller and younger companies, it takes a little hunting because the companies still are working to get on retailer shelves.
That extra effort to find the products pays off, though. The more people buy, the greater demand. And demand is what drives supermarkets and other retailers' decisions to carry the products.
There's not room to include every product, but here are a few highlights of the food show and where you can get them.
-- OMGarlic! Cheese Bread Spread, made by Mariposa-based Miners Mix.
The spread used to have a more ordinary name, but so many people said "Oh my God" when they tried it they changed the name, said Dave Mandeville, who co-owns the company, which also makes meat rubs and a bean dip. The spread has a kick that is unlike other ones you've tasted.
It's available online or at Fresno Ag Hardware, The Market grocery in Fresno, Sumner Peck Ranch and a long list of other places in Madera and Mariposa counties viewable online at minersmix.com.
-- Don Francisco Queso Oaxaca, made by Rizo Lopez Foods Inc. in Modesto.
I was chatting with the company's salesmen when they handed me a piece of a quesadilla made with the cheese. It was so delicious, warm and gooey that I involuntarily tuned them out so I could savor every second of this cheese.
It can be found at Vallarta and El Super groceries in Fresno.
-- Chili Pepper Ale by Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. of Fresno.
This beer is made with Fresno chiles, habañero and serrano peppers. The beer is flavorful enough you can taste the peppers, but it's not spicy.
It will be on Save Mart shelves beginning in May, but until then, it can be found at the Red Wave Inn and will soon be at several Mexican restaurants.
-- Deb's Gourmet sweet smoky chipotle-flavored jalapeños, of Fresno. This company is barely a year old, yet the pickled jalapeños are already available in 100 locations in California.
Tachibana Japanese Restaurant in Visalia uses them in a sushi roll. You can find the jars at both The Meat Market locations, The Market, California Gourmet Co.'s retail store Bouquet of Fruits, and in Visalia at Glick's Old Fashion Meat Market and The Naked Nut.
-- Pa Paw's Killer BBQ Sauce based in Lemoore. This 4-year-old company is getting ready to take off. Owner Tom Duvall got some bites from big retailers (as in Costco-sized ones) that he hopes will put his product on even more shelves.
In the meantime, the barbecue sauce is sold at Save Mart stores in Lemoore and Hanford, and the East Noble Avenue store in Visalia. It's also sold at both The Meat Markets, Sierra Nut House, Fresno Ag and a list of other locations at papawskillerbbqsauce.com.
-- Bel-Air Bellini, made by Weibel Vineyards in Lodi. This peach Bellini, a cocktail made from white peaches and sparkling wine, is available at many local restaurants and wineries. They include Cool Hand Luke's, Yoshino's, Parma Restaurant, Piemonte's Italian Delicatessen, Vino & Friends, ApCal Wine Tasting & Visitors Center. A full list is online at belairbellini.com.
-- "You Sweet Thing" jams and jellies of North Fork. A retired kindergarten teacher with too much energy to go quietly into retirement started this business four years ago. She debuted her fig-balsamic jam at the expo.
Now her jams and jellies are for sale at several stores, including The Meat Market and Bella Frutta in Clovis, The Market and Oakhurst Giftworks.