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!
Enjoy.

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Summertime Memories are Made at the County Fair!

Big Fun at the California State FairTemperatures have been rising, kids are out of school and it’s time to celebrate those wonderful hot summer nights.  Nothing screams summer fun more than carnival rides, loud music, cotton candy, ice cream and all the fun to be had at a local county fair!
Around the Sacramento region, you can find several local fairs to visit and make summertime memories.  

Here is a list of the local upcoming events:

  1. El Dorado County Fair’s “Ribbons and Rides” will run June 15-18 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville.
  2. Placer County Fair  “Crazy 80 Years” will run from June 22-25 at the Roseville Fairgrounds.
  3. Annual California State Fair makes its famous appearance July 14-30 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds.
  4. Amador County will host “We’re Mooving and Grooving” at Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth from July 27-30.
  5.  Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley will host their annual county fair August 9-13.
  6. Yolo County hosts “the original free gate fair” at the Yolo County Fairgrounds Woodland from August 16-20.
  7. Courtland Pear Fair.  Sunday, July 30 your family can enjoy all things Pears!  Pear salad, pear jam, pear ice cream, pear pie… you name it- they make it! 
  8. Sacramento Banana Festival August 12-13.  Live entertainment, food trucks and of course… bananas!

So grab your kids and get ready for some corn dogs, funnel cake and head out to the local fair and make some family memories this summer!