Mountain Mandarin Festival
Next Show Dates: November 18-20, 2011
When autumn days in the Placer County foothills are warm and the nights are cold, mandarin orange growers anxiously await the first blush of color on their fruit. Just before Thanksgiving, samples are eagerly tasted for sweetness and then long hours are spent hand-snipping each stem to bring in the first crop of the season for the Mountain Mandarin Festival.
Enjoy our Family Fun Zone with contests and activities for the whole family. Everyone’s a winner when they receive their Festival ribbons, plus the 1st place winners receive a sample bag of mandarins!
The sweet and tangy citrus scent of Mandarin oranges permeates the crisp November air during the two-day Mountain Mandarin Festival held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, California. The Sierra Foothills, long-known for the discovery of gold in California, are also known for another golden treasure, the Mandarin orange. The Festival, to be held in November, celebrates their harvest (November through¨ January) and will host 25,000 or more visitors who savor the juicy fruit, which is available only late November through January. Most growers offer the seedless owari Satsuma variety, often called the zipper fruit because it is so easy to peel.
More than a dozen Placer County growers will bring thousands of familiar, 10-pound, orange-mesh bags of the fruit ready for travel home to friends and family. With several new growers ready to harvest, mandarins should be plentiful, however itís a good idea to get your bags early and then enjoy the festival. Food vendors serve up mandarin infused drinks, salads, grilled meats, ice-creams, marinades and syrups. Hand-crafted items are also for sale just in time for holiday giving and home trimming with more than 150 booths.
Cooking demonstrations throughout the festival, with Mandarins as an ingredient, will feature regionally known chefs, while the popular Mandarin Recipe Contest on Saturday attracts amateur cooks who bring their prepared dishes to be judged. Day-long activities include free crafts and contests for children, live music and dance on the Mandarin Main Stage, and a Thanksgiving centerpiece contest on Sunday. A recently published cookbook will be available for a small price.
Just 32 miles from Sacramento, in the heart of the Motherlode, lies Auburn.
Nestled in these gentle rolling hills, the grounds of the Gold Country Fair
offer you a historic yet modern setting for the Mountain Mandarin Festival.
Gold County Fair
1273 High Street, Auburn CA 95604