The 21st Annual Mountain Mandarin Festival Comes to Auburn November 21-23

untitledBy Heather Crivellone

I absolutely love Sacramento!  We are in the middle of everything, and just a short drive away from everything else.  One of my favorite things about this area is that we truly are a farm-to-fork community.  With farms, wineries, and agriculture all around us, there is no reason we shouldn’t be enjoying the local produce and sampling some of the best fruits and vegetables around.
And Placer County, just north of Sacramento, is hosting their 21st annual Mandarin Festival, November 21-23.

“The Mountain Mandarin Festival marks the official beginning of Placer County Mountain Mandarin season. The event takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving every year at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. This 3-day celebration draws 30,000 visitors from as far away as the San Francisco Bay Area and Reno”.
You can sample fresh mandarins, olive oils, jams, jellies, syrups and more.  I want to check out the Chocolate Dipped Mandarins, Mandarin Popcorn, Fudge and some of the other tasty concoctions!

There will also be cooking demonstrations, craft shows, vendors, kids’ activities and fun for the entire family.   About an hour outside of Sacramento, you will be in Auburn, the heart of Gold Country.   If you haven’t visited Auburn, it is a charming town that is known for their deep roots during the Gold Rush days.  A visit to Auburn makes for a wonderful weekend day trip, with “mom and pop” shops, restaurants and plenty of outdoor activities.  This time of year is gorgeous with the fall colors popping and the holiday season just around the corner, you will be sure to make some festive memories with your loved ones.


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