Most people are familiar with the OC Fair which runs from July 15 through August 14 at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. But did you know that there are lots of other small summertime events hosted by local towns and communities? Here are a few you might enjoy:
Ocean Festival / San Clemente / July 16-17: Head to the San Clemente Pier and celebrate over 35 years of “The Greatest Show on Surf.” It's a mixture of athletic contests like the Waterman & Waterwoman competitions, 5K Beach Run, and Surf & Bodysurf along with other activities that include a Fishing Derby, Woody Car Exhibit, Ocean Art Show, and many children's events.
Cypress Community Festival / Oak Knoll Park / July 23: The festivities include a Pancake Breakfast and Chili Cook-off, food and game booths, arts & crafts, a car show, rides for the kids, a Chamber Business Expo, and continuous live entertainment.
La Habra Corn Festival / El Centro-Lions Park / August 5-7: It's the 68th Annual Corn Festival, so they must be doing something right. This is the signature event for the La Habra Host Lions Club. In addition to all the buttered corn you can eat, check out rides and attractions, food booths, games, a marketplace, live music, and you might even win a car.
Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons / Huntington Beach State Beach (Beach Boulevard and PCH) / August 5-7: Bring your appetite for the pro BBQ Competition. See how you do in the Rib Eating Contest, the Watermelon Eating Contest, and keep going (if you can) because there will be lots of fair foods and beer too. There's music for every taste from Blue Grass to Reggae with some Classic Rock thrown in. Active Military Personnel and Armed Service Vets receive free admission.
Brea Fest / Brea Civic & Cultural Center / August 19 (evening): This festival is dedicated to promoting Brea's art programs and concerts. You'll sample food from over 35 local restaurants and distributors, listen to live music, watch theatre performances, browse gallery exhibits, and enjoy lots of activities for kids. Best of all, the festival is free. There's a small charge for tickets that can be used for food and beverages.
These are just a few of the many fun activities you can enjoy this summer. Check the local community websites for more information on these and more. And have a wonderful time!
If you love celebrations (and who doesn't?) then summertime may be your favorite part of the year. We throw parties for graduations, Fathers Day, and June weddings. But did you know that there are dozens more things you could be celebrating? For us here at The San Luis Sausage Company, food-related celebrations are the best, so we'd like to let you in on a few holidays you may not know about.
There are so many “Let's Eat!” holidays in July, that you can find one for every day of the month. Here are some that we wouldn't miss:
July 1: Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day. Would you like to try Cantaloupe Ice Cream? Red Licorice ice cream? Brazil Nut Ice Cream? What new flavors can you think of?
July 4: National Barbecued Spareribs Day. And here you thought that our country's independence was enough reason to get the flags out on the 4th of July. Nope. You need to grill up some spare ribs too. (And while that grill is hot, we suggest adding some sausages... because man doesn't live by spare ribs alone.)
July 6: National Fried Chicken Day. Whether your coating is made of flour, bread crumbs, corn flakes, or some combination of all of them, there's no question Fried Chicken is an American favorite well worthy of celebrating on this special day... or any other.
July 10: National Piña Colada Day. A perfect summer drink – juicy and sweet with a little punch – a chilled Piña Colada is a warm weather favorite.
July 12: National Pecan Pie Day: A little crunchy, a little gooey, pecan pie is a sweet and sticky delight. Definitely put this one in your calendar.
July 16: Fresh Spinach Day: Lest you think we're all about comfort food and treats, rest assured we are also happy to celebrate the crisp freshness of spinach, a wonderful salad green that goes great with any meal. Loads of iron too, to give you the strength to keep eating. Just ask Popeye!
July 23: National Hot Dog Day: Don't forget that hot dogs are just one kind of sausage. Enjoy them along with a variety of other links.
July 27: National Scotch Day. Just in case you get thirsty.
July 30: National Cheesecake Day. Gee... we thought that was today. And yesterday. And tomorrow! There are too many great flavors of cheesecake to dedicate only one day.
If the individual holidays aren't enough to start your planning, the entire month of July is also National Grilling Month, National Ice Cream Month, and National Picnic Month.
Are you seeing a pattern here? Could this be the recipe for the greatest month-long party of all time?
Every region has traditional dishes that are sampled by the typical tourist. You go to New York for authentic bagels and deli, New England for clam chowder, Kansas City for a great steak, New Orleans for jambalaya and andouille sausage, Texas for barbecue, and San Francisco for Sourdough bread. But what about dishes only the locals eat? Come with us on a fantasy road trip across the U.S. Let's see what's on the menu as we eat our way from coast to coast.
Stuffies: (Rhode Island): These are stuffed, baked Quahogs (large clams) made with bread crumbs, chopped clam meat, and plenty of juice. Some people add onions, celery, and sausage. Purists don't.
Bialys (New York City): Small, flattened bagels that are baked, not boiled. There's no hole in middle, but a crater you can fill with onions, garlic, and poppy seeds. Shmear on some cream cheese and chow down.
Livermush (North Carolina): A loaf made of pig's liver, head parts, and cornmeal. Locals pan fry slices and serve it with eggs and grits for breakfast or in a sandwich for lunch. North Carolina towns have Livermush festivals. We might skip this one.
Frogmore Stew (South Carolina): Boil up some sausage, corn on the cob, whole red potatoes, shrimp, and crab. No frogs.
Horseshoe Sandwich (Illinois): Open-faced sandwich built bottom up. Start with a thick slice of toast, add a hamburger patty, pile on French fries, and top with cheese sauce containing combination of eggs, beer, butter, Worcestershire, and mustard. Open wide!
Pasties (Michigan): Originally brought by immigrant British miners, pasties are potatoes, onions, meat, and spices baked in a pastry crust. The locals call them “yoopers.”
Chow Chow (New Mexico): This condiment is a pickle relish made of green and red tomatoes, cabbage, onions, and carrots. Served chilled or room-temp, it's often served with fried fish, burgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, and barbecue.
Shandong Beef Rolls (Los Angeles): Start with a fried Chinese pancake, smear with bean paste, and wrap around sliced beef, scallions, and cilantro. Roll it up burrito style.
Geoduck (Pacific Northwest): Pronounced 'gooey duck' these are large deep-water clams with long necks that can grow to 3-feet in length. They're often sauteed in butter, but can also be served sliced thin like sashimi.
Whatever's in your travel kit, don't forget to bring a hearty appetite!
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