The annual Mountain Mandarin Festival celebrates the new crop of delicious, foothills grown mandarin oranges, a mandarin recipe cooking contest, professional chef demonstrations, food, crafts and activities featuring the mandarin orange, free children’s area, a peel and eat contest, live music and entertainment.
The 19th annual Mountain Mandarin Festival is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16, 17 and 18 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St. in Auburn. The hours are Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Placer County growers will sell thousands of pounds of fresh mandarin oranges and gift baskets accompanied by free samples. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund of the Newcastle Area Business Association and the Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department.
The festival is held under the autumn-leaved trees of the Gold Country Fairgrounds and its golds, rusts and burgundies are punctuated with the bright orange of mandarins everywhere you turn.
The tangy scent of citrus is in the air as visitors discover chocolate-covered fresh mandarins, mandarin gelato, pizza, or pulled pork, and English scones with mandarin curd.
Visitors can take home mandarin barbecue sauces, syrups, olive oils, dressings and dozens of other mandarin inspired concoctions.
More than 200 vendors of quality gift items also sell mandarin scented lotions, soaps and candles, along with artist-crafted jewelry, home accessories and holiday items.
Admission is $3 or free with two non-perishable food items for the Auburn Food Closet on Friday. Saturday and Sunday admission is $7, seniors $5 and 12 and under free. Gold Country Fairgrounds parking is $5 and some street parking is available.
For information call 916-663-1918 or mandarinfestival.com.