A few years ago, Emily Floyd was a fish biologist who spent much of her time being very cold.

“I would dive a lot for our research, and I felt as though I would never get warm again,” she remembers. Though she returned to school for a graduate degree in Ecology, she ultimately decided that studying fish wasn’t what she wanted to do for the next few decades; she needed a career change. So she turned to the roots set down in her childhood and picked up a rolling pin, just as she used to do in Kansas with her grandmother.

Floyd, 36, is now the proprietor of Bump City Bakery, a local pastry business named after Oakland. (“Bump City” is an old Oakland nickname that is at least partly coincident with Oakland-based Tower of Power’s 1972 sophomore album of that name.) The name “Bump City Bakery”  reflects both the expected sweetness and more unexpected funk & soul of Floyd’s business:  along with traditional buttery pies and cakes, Floyd also offers alcohol-infused “bump cakes” that incorporate Floyd’s healthy appreciation for good cocktails.

Bump City Bakery will be one of the vendors on hand at the Summer Solstice Fiesta Pop-Up Food Market, a one-night-only gustatory celebration of the summer solstice. Hosted by Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment, the market features eight graduates of Women’s Initiative’s business classes who are currently carving successful pathways into Oakland’s thriving food scene.

Floyd’s menu for the evening showcases organic ingredients and fresh in-season fruits. She’ll be selling blueberry lemon jam bars made with INNA jam; mini blackberry prize pies made with fresh blackberries, smothered with strawberry jam and topped with almond crumble; and a toffee coffee cookie comprised of toffee candy, espresso, pecans and chocolate chips. “That cookie combines all of the things I love best into one cookie,” Floyd said, “so it works out well.”

Other food items you’ll encounter at the pop-up market and might decide to put into your mouth: savory, flaky Cornish hen and vegan curry pasties courtesy of The Pie Shop (whom Oakland Social profiled earlier this year); shiitake mushroom meatloaf ratatouille; barbecued pork belly; Caribbean pastelles made with beef, shrimp, fish, or vegan fillings; shrimp ceviche tostadas; and a smorgasbord of dessert options that include red velvet cake, Jell-O-based sweets and Bump City Bakery’s offerings.

The full vendor lineup for the evening:

  • Keena’s Kitchen (Ikeena Reed)
  • GUAVA, The Caribbean Food Company (Claire Fung)
  • The Pie Shop (Nellie Stokeld)
  • The Heirloom Chef (Maggie Lawson)
  • Fiesta y Sabor Catering (Guadalupe Cardenas)
  • Bump City Bakery (Emily Floyd)
  • Gotta Get That Cake! (Shonda Wellington)
  • Ely’s Desserts (Felicitas Anaya)

All of the tastiness goes down at Kitchener Oakland, that venerable shared commercial kitchen whose mission is to give rise to community and local small business.

Along with the artisanal menu, beer and wine will be available for $2 and $3, respectively. Most menu items will be $5 or less.

Feeling hungry yet? Come spend the longest day of the year showing some Oakland love, and go home with a belly full of locally-made goodness.



Summer Solstice Fiesta Pop-Up Market

WHEN: TONIGHT, June 21, 6 – 9 p.m.
WHERE: Kitchener Oakland, 372 24th St., Oakland
PRICE: Free entry
MORE INFO: Facebook


Oakland Social is a weekly arts and culture column devoted to upcoming events, new places, and narratives about going out in Oakland. Have ideas for what to cover? Contact goingout@oaklandlocal.com.

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