24th Annual Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn will Bring Fun and Entertainment to the Whole Family

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!


Visit Auburn For An Old Town Country Christmas

By Alyssa Green

We are a bit late in reporting about this event, but luckily not too late.  This Saturday, December 17th, take a scenic drive into nearby Auburn for the 2nd of a 2-weekend family holiday celebration. 

The 25th annual Old Town Country Christmas comes alive on Saturday from 5pm to 9pm, rain or shine.  All shops and restaurants will be open as well as over 75 craft and food vendors, entertainment, visits from Santa, hayrides, pony rides, a bonfire and Old Town holiday lights.  

What a great way to finish up your last minute Christmas shopping or just bundle the kids up and spend a fun night out with the family!

Big Fun at the California State Fair


By Alyssa Green

Hold on to your hats my friends because you are in for some “big fun” at the 2011 California state Fair. “The Fun Just Got Bigger” begins this Thursday, July 14th and continues through July 31st.  With plenty of deals, here’s the lowdown on how to make the most of your time and money (munchkins in tow) at this years big event.

Kids will love, love love the Big Bug Exhibit.  Featuring gigantic robotic insects, this indoor attraction includes a praying mantis, caterpillar, lady bug, fighting beetles, and more that move just like real life.  There are interactive areas and photo opportunities for everyone.  Entrance is free with fair admission.

Older kids will enjoy the Extreme Zone where they can see the Freestyle Motorcross competition, take a ride in a real Monster truck ($5 additional) and meet popular break dancers and local performing artists in Studio 102.

Other fun areas for kids include “California Ranchland,” a miniature dude ranch for kids; Kids Park, a special area for families with plenty of rides, games and hands-on activities; “Kangaroo Joey’s Big Adventure where you can meet a Kangaroo, Emu, and porcupine, all while traveling 4 different continents.  And of course, don’t forget to stop by the livestock pavilion to see the animals including the livestock nursery.

There is something fun for the entire family at this year’s State Fair.  For a list of fun things for adults, check out the fair website here.

Kids Days – every Tuesday admission for kids 12 and under is FREE, and rides are just $1 each.    Celebrate  Poppy’s birthday (our state fair mascot) on Tuesday, July 19th and catch the kids talent show on Tuesday, July 26th.

Free Rides For Reading – kids in grades k-8 get 2 FREE rides for reading 2 books.  You must fill out a Read to Ride form and bring it with you to the fair to redeem your ride passes.

Subway Savings Days –  Get a free fair admission ticket when you purchase and Unlimited Rides Wristband at Subway.  Hurry on this deal, it expires in just 2 day, July 13th.

100 Golden Deals – the State Fair’s ultimate coupon book can be purchased for just $5 and gives you coupons worth over $3,000.00 on food and shopping.  Definitely worth the price.

Poppy Pack – For $39.95 receive 4 admission tickets, 4 rides and 1 parking pass.  Presale only.

Unlimited Ride Wristband – You and your kiddos can ride everything over and over again with this wristband, just $28.00 per person.

State Fair Season Pass – Good for unlimited admission into the State Fair and Raging Waters Waterpark.  $29.99 per person