Shawn and Rachel Duffy, of Krebs, are giving locals a chance to experience the culture and art of southeastern Oklahoma this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Lovera’s Handcrafted Food Market’s first second Saturday “Maker’s Market” event.
The event will be held at Lovera’s Handcrafted Food Market in Krebs—also known as the Little Italy of Oklahoma and is free to the public.
The cultural event is expected to be held every second Saturday of each month until October, according to event organizers Shawn and Rachel Duffy.
Shawn Duffy has been the head cheesemaker at Lovera’s since 2008 and said event-goers will be able to participate in two Lovera’s cheese tours—the first tour at 10 a.m. and the second tour at 2 p.m.
“We want to promote the success of our cheeses and give the community a chance to try it by offering a behind the scenes look at how we craft our cheeses and sample our finest selections,” Shawn Duffy said.
Shawn Duffy recently participated in the American Cheese Society conference and competition in Denver where Lovera’s cheeses won three national awards including first place in the Smoked Cheese category for the Hickory Smoked Braided Caciocavera, second place in the Smoked Caciocavera category for the Smoke Cacicocavera and third place in the Pasta Filata category for the Traditional Caciocavera.
Duffy added during the event, event-goers will also be able to shop for local produce, arts and crafts from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from local farmers, gardeners, artists and artisans as well as listen to live musical entertainment by Ralph Cox, of McAlester, and watch a live art demonstration by potter Zack Duffy, of Haileyville.
“This is to celebrate our culture,” Rachel Duffy said. “The Italians that came to Krebs were gardeners and artists and it was everything they were about. I think producing has become a dying art and if we get this going and get the community involvement the kids are going to carry it on.”
Shawn Duffy said there will be a wide variety of vendors that will sell items that include plants, baked goods, hand-made jewelry, cheeses, paintings and more. He added there will also be a knife-smith and a woodworking demonstration present.
“We have exciting things planned for each month including a “Jamboree” for October—which will have several local musicians present,” Rachel Duffy said. “We are involving people of all ages so we can help educate the public of all the amazing artists and musicians in our community that they might not know about.”
Shawn Duffy said those wishing to participate in the cheese tour must register at www.loverasmarket.com/events.
For more information contact Lovera’s Market at 918-423-2842.
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By Lacey Sudderth | Staff writer | McAlester News-Capital