Our Sacramento region is bursting with fall color. Typically, we associate fall with apple pies, pumpkin spice lattes and caramel apples…but what about good old Vitamin C? Oranges, mandarins and everything citrus is also a great fall combination. Up the hill in nearby Placer County, it’s the season of the mandarin!
Mark your calendars for November 17 – 19 for the 24th annual, Mountain Mandarin Festival located in Auburn. As we all know, Sacramento and the surrounding areas are known to be the biggest and best of the Farm-to-Fork communities. With local farms all around us, there is no reason we shouldn’t be enjoying the local produce and sampling some of the best fruits around. Mandarins are no exception. You can enjoy mandarin everything this weekend at the festival. Mandarin sauces, cookies, chocolates…even some adult mandarin libations at the Absolut Vodka lounge.
This is a great place to pick up some unique gifts for the holiday season and enjoy some live entertainment with the family.
Over 200 vendors will be on site, 16 local mandarin growers, 4 stages of entertainment, kids’ activities, petting zoo and even pony rides will be available. This will be a fun event for the entire family.
Admission into the festival is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and kids 12 and under is free. Parking is an additional $6.
If you have never had the opportunity to spend the day in Auburn, then this is a great time. Fall is bursting with color in this quaint town known for its rich history during the Gold Rush. Old Town Auburn also has many “mom and pop” shops that are always fun to visit and sure to have that “perfect” gift for someone in your family.
What: Mountain Mandarin Festival
Where: 1273 High Street, Auburn
When: November 17-November 19
Why: To enjoy the bounty of our local fruits and support small town businesses during the holiday season.
Here is my favorite Spinach Mandarin Orange Salad recipe to try:
5-6 Cups Baby Spinach
1 Cup Mandarin Oranges
½ Cup Chopped Red Onion
1 Tablespoon Orange Marmalade
2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Mix the marmalade, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper and pour over the spinach mixture. Kids will even this sweet and savory salad!