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!


Fresh and Local Mandarin Oranges are in Season at the 2015 Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn

img-mandarin-festivalFall color is everywhere here in the Sacramento region. Typically, we associate fall with pumpkin spice, apple pies and falling leaves…but what about oranges? In nearby Placer County, it’s the season of the mandarin.  You can find everything from mandarin jelly, mandarin BBQ sauce, mandarin cookies…or just pluck a ripe and juicy fruit from a local tree and dive right in!

Sacramento and its surrounding areas is known to be the biggest and best of the Farm-to-Fork communities.  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 if you are looking for some unique local gifts to give this holiday season, then head to Placer County this weekend (just north of Sacramento), for their annual Mandarin Festival, November 20-22.

“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 at 1273 High Street 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.

If you would like to check out this event the address again is: 1273 High Street in Auburn. Event hours are Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.

By Heather Crivellone

Celebrate The Mandarin Orange At Auburn’s Mountain Mandarin Festival

By Alyssa Green

One does not generally associate Thanksgiving and the fall harvest with oranges…but lo and behold, this is certainly the case in nearby Placer County.  Come celebrate and enjoy the locally grown Owari Satsuma Mandarin orange at this weekend’s Gold Country Fair Grounds in Auburn.

The annual Mountain Mandarin Festival takes place each year the weekend before Thanksgiving and I can’t think of a more perfect time to gather recipe ideas for your upcoming family dinner. 

In addition to cooking demontrations and a plethora of mandarin orange based treats, there will also be a recipe contest, live entertainment, hundreds of craft booths, a designated children’s area with lots of fun activities to keep them entertained, great food, and of course plenty of fresh mandarin oranges for sale.

Hours and Admission:

Friday, 11/18 – 11am to 5pm; Special $2 admission for everyone.  Hooray!

Saturday, 11/19 – 9am to 5pm, $6 general admission, $4 for senior citizens, FREE for children 12 years and under.

Sunday, 11/20 – 10am to 4pm, $6 general admission, $4 for seniors, FREE for children 12 and under.

Parking is $5 per vehicle

Kids Will Bee Buzzin’ Around At The Honey Festival

By Alyssa Green

There is nothing better than local honey.  If you love honey as much as I do, and would like to support our local farms, then buzz on over to Placer County’s Annual Honey Festival this Sunday, September 18th.   Enjoy “all things” honey at this FREE all day event at Ron Feist Park in Granite Bay starting with a honey pancake breakfast ($5) at 8am benefiting Rocklin Boy Scout Troop 435.  Or, if you are up for some exercise, register for the Honey Bear 3k walk, or 5k run whose proceeds benefit a local High School FFA program.

Later on in the day, there will be music and entertainment, food, crafts, booths, demos and food tasting.  For the kids – honey bear races, a coloring contest, and rides. 

Did I mention this is a FREE family event?  For more information including a complete schedule of activities, click here.