Every day, the passionate bakers of The Sugar Shack Bakery create a legion of decadent treats that range from simple sugar cookies to eye-catching wedding cakes. Their delicious two-layer cakes pair flavors such as carrot, red velvet, and german chocolate with sweet fillings and frostings including bavarian cream, chocolate fudge, and lemon curd. Cake pops and cake truffles battle with traditional and cheesecake-style cupcakes in the competition for sweetest hand-held treats, a game that’s also contested by the bakery’s bars—in flavors such as grasshopper brownie and chocolate-caramel oat—cookies, and cookie bouquets.
Backed by five generations of popcorn-making pedigree, sisters Beth Boettcher and BJ McClellan trained where it counts—their mother’s kitchen. Armed with family methods and recipes, they craft housemade gourmet treats that feature real Jolly Time popcorn. After prepopping the corn, they coat it with yummy ingredients to create flavors that range from classic caramel and cheddar cheese to cinnamon roll, raspberry cheesecake, and chocolate-drizzled caramel. They fashion gift packages for all occasions, from birthdays and holidays to movie nights, office parties, and casual snacking.
An unwavering devotion to freshness permeates Tomacelli's kitchen, where pizza chefs adorn their daily made dough with house-made sauce, all-natural cheese, and more than 50 market-fresh toppings. Millions of possible build-your-own combinations complement 23 creations brainstormed by a husband-and-wife team, from a ham-and-pineapple-studded hawaiian pie to the seafood supreme's maritime medley of fresh ingredients. Not content to recline on the edible laurels of their circular masterworks, the Tomacelli's kitchen team rounds out the menu with piping-hot pasta dishes and fresh salads.
Cherry Street Grille specializes in omelets, with 101 different varieties flipping from frying pans seven days a week and 24 hours a day on Fridays and Saturdays. Each omelet contains four eggs with flavor combinations that range from the classic denver to a chili, cheese, and onion concoction. Sweeter options include an omelet with bananas, chocolate, and peanut butter. Gravy-slathered biscuits constitute an alternative breakfast, as do massive pancakes the size of a typical medium pizza, dubbed “Mancakes” based on their macho size rather than their ability to sprout five o’clock shadows. Burgers and fried chicken sandwiches complement breakfast fare, as do succulent 10- and 14-ounce slabs of prime rib.
The towering street-side sign at The Roadhouse shines like a beacon onto a full bar and restaurant with a menu that plays off comfort-fare conventions and spice-steeped Cajun traditions. Drinks leave cool circles on tables as patrons circulate during special events such as ladies' night, and LCD televisions broadcast big games.
Valiant Vineyards Winery is South Dakota's first and therefore oldest and most emotionally mature winery. Located on the Vermillion River overlooking the Missouri River, the winery is a shrunken head's throw from downtown Vermillion. With ten tastes included in each ticket, visiting palates can sample a collection of South Dakota-made wine and spirits while live music serenades each sip and swish. Your body's secondary mouths, the feet, will also get to assist in the miracle of wine birth by joining in the fun of crushing nature's round juice containers during the grape stomp. Plenty of food vendors stand ready to pair your wine samples with a plethora of delicious foods. Guest chefs, meanwhile, will teach you how to prepare sangria and other surprise edibles during a series of cooking demonstrations. You can even get your picture on a bottle of wine to see if your vinogenic good looks outshine Paul Sorvino's pasta sauce. On Sunday, amateur winemakers will compete for a number of laurels in a dozen categories, although none will be wine-based Double Dare physical challenges. See the full festival schedule here.