L.A. Weekender: Fairplex Happenings

Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you all had a very productive week and that y’all are ready to get the weekend started. If you are like me and don’t have anything planned for this weekend, then please continue reading this blog because this weekend is packed with events perfect for all age groups.

PublicAuction 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsPublic Auction (April 17-18): Countless cars, pickup trucks, vans, SUV’s and other vehicles will be auctioned off at Fairplex this Saturday. If interested, preview day is Friday and actual bidding and sale is Saturday. Event will take place on White Avenue Lot, through Gate 9. Free parking at Gate 23 on Fairplex & Puddingstone Drives. For more information about this free admission event visit the Fairplex events page.

Palates 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsPalates & Palettes: Food, Wine and Paint (April 18): This month’s Palates and Palettes event revolves around French artist Henri Matisse. Enjoy complimentary food pairings presented by Vince Cavalli of McKinley’s Grille and wine selections from Nice, France, selected by Silverlake Wine. In this unique and relaxing ambiance, you will create an original painting guided by an experienced art teacher as you listen to relaxing and regional music in a supportive, friendly atmosphere. All materials are provided, and you will take home your finished work at the end of the evening. All levels are encouraged, no experience required. There are still a few spots open! Register here!

FamilyArt 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsMillard Sheets Art Center Free Family Workshops: The Millard Sheets Art Center is bringing back its free family art workshops focusing on art skills and fun craft projects for the whole family. Projects will be taught in Spanish & English with one group for parents and elementary students and another for middle school students, so make sure to join the fun! For more information about this event visit the Fairplex events page.

Cosmo 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsCosmo Run 7K (April 18): LADIES, Cosmo Run 7K is this Saturday! Ditch your place and come have fun at this all ladies evening event! Participating in a 7K does not have to be boring, so gather your sisters, friends and female colleagues and register for the event. Your race swag will include a Cosmo 7k martini glass, goody bag and more. The finish line will have 3 different Three Olive Vodka Cosmo stations – each featuring a different Cosmo flavor! To learn more about this event visit the the Fairplex events page.

PomonaSwapMeet 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsPomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (April 19): According to weather reports, Sunday’s weather will be perfect for our Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show. Hundreds of original and restored classic vehicles will be on display and for sale in six specialized Car Corral sections: Pre 1985 Classics, any year Corvettes, any year Porsches, Pre 1959 Street Rods, Pre 1985 Volkswagens and Pre 1985 Imports. General admission is $10 and children 12 and under are free. For more information visit www.fairplex.com.

To see what else is going on at Fairplex, please check out our Events Page.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email us at madrigal@fairplex.com

2015 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition

Judges from around the world have come together at the Sheraton Fairplex for the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) competition. Due to the high number of entries and the time needed for judging, the competition is divided into two: the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.

Official judges and guest judges go through dozens of olive oils in a day. Contrary to popular belief, judging olive oils is not just about the taste; judges have to go through a process that consists of swirling, warming the oil for a minute or two, taking a good whiff of the aroma, tasting and spitting before finally putting pen to paper and doing the actual scoring.

Judge and sensory scientist, Sue Langstaff, shared with us the purpose of this competition:

Nancy Bates has helped at this event for the last 8 years, so check out what she had to say about the EVOO competition:

The Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere judging ensures that all oils are judged at their freshest and best.  The award‐winning Extra Virgin Olive Oils will be displayed at the 93rd anniversary of the LA County Fair, Sept. 4 ‐ 27, 2015, so stay tuned!

Are you a fan of extra virgin olive oil? Let us know in the comments section! 

L.A. Weekender: Beer, Easter Sunday & Dodgers

It’s been a little over a month since our last L.A. Weekender blog post, so I am very excited about the events happening this weekend. Regardless of what you end up doing, I just know you will have fun with family and friends!

file0001051627832 200x300 L.A. Weekender: Beer, Easter Sunday & DodgersLA Fall Beer Festival: Beer lovers have to come out to LA Center Studios on Saturday, April 4 from 12-3 p.m. or from 5-8 p.m. for the seventh annual LA Beer Festival that will feature over 200 beers, 15 food trucks, DJs, two bands and more surprises. Admission is $40, and it includes beer sampling. Tickets will not be sold at the door, so purchase your tickets here.

Easter Sunday: On Sunday, April 5, PFB/Purpose Church will be holding their outdoor Easter services at Fairplex in the Grandstand at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Each service features worship bands and 150-vocal choir and orchestra. Free parking and admission is available at Gate 17 on Fairplex Drive.

1280px Dodger Stadium 300x224 L.A. Weekender: Beer, Easter Sunday & DodgersDodgers Opening Day: Baseball season is upon us! The Dodgers will begin the season against the San Diego Padres on Monday, April 6 at 1:10 p.m. We understand this event doesn’t fall on the weekend, but we are just too excited about the return of baseball that we couldn’t NOT include it here! Hopefully you purchased your tickets. If you didn’t, then hit the search engines and find your local sports bar and have a few drinks in honor of all of those people who will be stuck on traffic.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email madrigal@fairplex.com. 

Good News for Instagram, Facebook and Uber Users!

Facebook, Instagram and Uber users get ready for some pretty cool changes in these three mega companies!

Instagram: If you love Instagram as much as we do at Fairplex, then you will be happy to know that Instagram will now allow you to merge multiple images into a single image! Hurray for Layout, the free app that will make this possible.

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According to Instagram, when you open Layout, you will automatically see previews of custom layouts as you choose photos from your camera roll.

After this, you can drag and drop photos to rearrange them in any way your heart desires. You can pinch to zoom or pull the sides of each photo to adjust its size and get your layout just right. Then flip and rotate your photos to create cool arrangements and mirror effects. Pretty cool, huh? With Layout, you won’t have to download any third-party collage apps anymore! Read more about Layout, here.

Facebook: Facebook has launched a new tool, and I am pretty sure people will love it! On This Day will allow you to look back at things you have shared and posts you’ve been tagged in on previous years.

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In other words, On This Day shows content from this date in the past. For example, you might see past status updates, photos, posts from friends and other things from one year ago, two years ago, and so on. Only you will see this content unless you decide to share it with your friends. Talk about re-living our past experiences! Read more about On This Day, here.

Uber: Let’s be honest, despite all of the negative comments about Uber, we still use the on-demand car service to get us from point A to point B. It’s just that convenient and we absolutely love it!

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As if things were not convenient enough already, Uber has introduced a feature that will allow developers to embed Uber within other apps. What does this mean? It means that you won’t have to leave the app you are on in order to request an Uber; you’ll be able to do that on the spot. This is what I call user-friendly, so sign me up! Read the full Mashable article here.

First Food Truck Thursday of 2015 on the Horizon

We heard your stomach growling, so we immediately knew what to do! Food Truck Thursdays are returning to Fairplex starting on April 2.

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Think about what this means…each Thursday we will have some of Los Angeles’ most popular food trucks set up shop at Fairplex for your enjoyment. We understand that after a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is cook. So, with that said, ditch your kitchen and swing by and enjoy food, drinks and the occasional live entertainment acts. Oh, and please don’t forget about dessert. A meal is never complete without some sweets!

For more information on Food Truck Thursdays, visit us at www.fairplex.com

St. Patrick’s Day is Here!

“May the luck of the Irish be with you.”

St. Patrick’s Day is finally here! Hurray for wearing green, shamrocks, happy hours throughout the city and for the awesome food prepared on this global holiday.

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1. If you don’t feel like driving somewhere, you could prepare the following drink and meal for your family, friends and co-workers.

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45 ml Irish whisky
20 ml Drambuie
20 ml fresh lemon juice
Ginger ale

1. Shake whisky, liqueur and juice with ice.

2. Strain into highball with ice cubes and fill with ginger ale.

3. Add a twist of lemon.

Recipe and Photo taken from scienceofdrink.com

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2 pounds fresh veal or chicken sausages (8 large sausages)
2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
Kosher salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, diced
4 ounces creme fraiche
1/2 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons whole-grain or coarse mustard
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Fresh parsley, for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Place a baking rack on a sheet pan and arrange the sausages in one layer on the baking rack. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the sausages are just cooked through.

3. Meanwhile, place the potatoes in a large saucepan with 1 tablespoon of salt and enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until the potatoes are very tender. Drain the potatoes in a colander and return them to the saucepan. Add the butter, creme fraiche, milk, Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard, dry mustard, 1 tablespoon salt, and the pepper and beat the potatoes in the pan with a handheld mixer on low speed until very smooth and creamy.

4. To serve, mound a generous portion of potatoes on a dinner plate and top with sausages that have been cut in half diagonally. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and serve.

Courtesy of Ina Garten. Recipe and photo taken from foodnetwork.com

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1 package (2-layer size) German chocolate cake mix with pudding
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 bottle McCormick® Green Food Color
3 eggs
2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cake mix, sour cream, water, cocoa powder, oil, food color, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes.

2. Pour batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.

Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack. Frost with cream cheese frosting. Decorate with chocolate, sprinkles or fruit!

Recipe taken from McCormick.com

2. If are looking for some fun outside of your town (which is what I recommend if you want to minimize the chances of running into someone you know), you could never go wrong with bar hopping in Los Angeles. The constant moving will make it more difficult to run into people you know. Well, at least in theory…you decide!4857377582 17d76dd7fc z 300x200 St. Patricks Day is Here!

Tom Bergin is hosting its 79th St. Patrick’s Day Celebration where they will be throwing an indoor and outdoor bash all day long! If you’re interested in listening to a live band, a DJ spinning popular tunes from a stage, eating Irish grub or finding nice dinner specials on corned beef, grilled cheese and friend chicken with cabbage slaw, then there are no excuses why you shouldn’t come to L.A. and celebrate.

Keep in mind that this is just one place and that there are lots of Irish pubs in the greater LA area. Here is a list of the most popular Irish pubs.

3. If you don’t feel like cooking and want to go out, then you’re in luck because Finish Line Sports Grill is hosting its own St. Patrick’s Day feast. Guests who visit will enjoy plenty of drink and food specials all day long.

Regardless of what you decide to do today, just remember to have fun and to set your alarm for tomorrow morning! You don’t want to be late for work! Cheers and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Tell us in the comments below! 

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Cars, Paint, Wine and Trains

WOW, what a great weekend! The rubber smell is still in the air, and we absolutely love it!

On Saturday and Sunday, we celebrated horsepower and torque at the 2nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals.

Our grounds were filled with high-performance muscle cars, pro-touring cars and street machines from across the country. Guests did not only take pictures of the cars, shared car tips and enjoyed the burnout contests, but they also enjoyed live music by Queen Nation and Joshua Tree.

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RedCar Fairplex Weekend Recap: Cars, Paint, Wine and TrainsOn Sunday, March 15, we had The Graffiti Run 5K. This fun and colorful event was perfect for athletes and couch potatoes alike. The goals of the event were to drench you in color and for you to have fun with family and friends, not to see who would run the fastest! Being there sure made me feel like jumping up and down, but too bad I was not dressed appropriately. I won’t miss the next one.

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On Sunday, Family Winemakers hosted its 16th wine trade and consumer tasting on our grounds. The tasting featured approximately 150 of the state’s unique, small family-owned wineries pouring more than 500 wines. Many of those wines aren’t generally available in the Southern California market, so people definitely took advantage of the opportunity to explore great California wines.

In addition to the cars, wine and amazing colors from the 5K run, the RailGiants Train Museum was open this weekend!

As I walked around, I was taken back to the glory days of the American Railroad. The throwback was really nice since we sometimes forget about the methods of transportation that do not include our vehicles.

The museum is open free of charge to the general public the second Saturday and Sunday of each month. So, there is no reason why you can’t stop by and appreciate the Union Pacific Centennial DD40X diesel-powered locomotive, which measures nearly 100 feet in length, and weighs over a half million pounds.

To see what’s happening next at Fairplex visit our online Events Calendar and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

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March Events at Fairplex

It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating the New Year, and now we are in the second week of March? I guess it’s true what people say about time going by fast when you are having fun!

Speaking of fun, there are still lots of fun events you could join us for at Fairplex this month. Here are some of those events:

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Be sure to stop by and support the talented work of hundreds of high schools from this region as they unveil their artwork inspired by this year’s theme: The Art of Music. Students were asked to consider the role music plays in our lives, how it relates to their own life experiences, and how it influences their thinking or feelings about the world around them. Art pieces include paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography and film. For more information visit the ArtReach website.

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This national celebration of horsepower & torque will fill the Fairplex campus with more than 1,000 high-performance muscle cars, pro-touring cars and street machines from across the country. Adult tickets are $20, ages 6-12 $5 and ages 5 and under are free. For more information visit our events page.

1 March Events at FairplexThe Graffiti Run 5K: It’s finally back! The Graffiti Run is returning to Fairplex on Sunday, March 15. We assure you running this 5K will be the most colorful day of your life. And by this, we mean literally!

Our 5K course is much more than a good workout; it is a place where you can have a blast and create long-lasting memories with your family and friends. So feel free to run, walk, dance, crawl, roll, piggy-back ride, or summersault your way through the color madness! To register for this colorful event or for more information visit the events page.

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Other Events: The RailGiants Train Museum, Family Winemakers Tasting, Millard Sheets Art Center Free Family Workshops, Palates and Palettes and FMCA 2015 Convention are also at Faiplex at various times throughout March. Check Fairplex Events Page for more information on these and other upcoming events.

What events do you plan to attend at Fairplex? Let us know in the comments below and please be sure to tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

L.A. Weekender: Drags, gold and trains at Fairplex

We’re sticking close to home for this edition of the L.A. Weekender. Whether you want to spend a couple days at the drags or keeping quieter company at an art walk or farmer’s market, we have you covered. Whatever your preference, Happy Friday!

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NHRA Winternationals (Feb. 5-8): The 2015 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series kicks off at Fairplex this weekend with the NHRA Winternationals. Come to the historic Auto Club Raceway for a roaring weekend of races, food, drinks and fun. For more information visit nhra.com.

Gold & Treasure Show (Feb. 7-8): Visit the Gold & Treasure Show with the whole family to learn, shop and explore the gold prospecting industry. Seminars are conducted by the best in the business on prospecting techniques, fine gold recovery, gold expeditions and more. You can even learn how to pan for gold. For more information, visit https://www.goldprospectors.org.

Fairplex Garden Railroad Open House (Feb. 8): Visit one of the world’s largest and oldest miniature railroads right here at Fairplex. On the second Sunday of each month, the railroad is open to the public from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., free of charge. For more information, visit fgrr.org.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below. 

Wine and dine al fresco at Fairplex

Al fresco dining is always a plus in Southern California and we try to host them as much as possible with our Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series.

Next month (March) we are inviting master sommelier Michael Jordan to bring his favorite California wines to The Farm for our second dinner of the year. Enjoy award-winning wines paired with ingredients taken straight from our Farm. View the menu below:

March Farm Dinner Menu Wine and dine al fresco at Fairplex

Our first Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series event is Feb. 21, featuring a scrumptious meal paired with perfectly aged bourbon. To make a reservation for either event, please call (909) 868-5916. There are still a few spots left!