Upland Lemon Festival Recap

Upland Lemon Festival 2015: The 19th annual Upland Lemon Festival was held in the city’s downtown this past weekend.

Residents of the area and lemon lovers from surrounding cities came out to enjoy all of the ‘lemony’ foods, carnival rides, games and diverse contests ranging from pie eating to dancing!

Despite the power outages, rains and incredible crowds, families and friends really enjoyed themselves and the opportunity to shop around and support local businesses. In fact, this year, the festival drew in more than 60,000 people during its three-day run, which is something to be very proud of! icon wink Upland Lemon Festival Recap

Here are some really cool pictures from this weekend’s event.

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Do you have any photos of your time at the Upland Lemon Festival? Share with us in the comments below! We would love to see them.

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.