Weekend Recap: Art, food and sports

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! ICYMI, here’s a quick look at what we had the pleasure of hosting:

So Cal BBQ Bash & Expo 




MFA Juried Exhibition Opening (Millard Sheets Art Center Gallery)



BT5K (Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K)


So Cal Sports Club Soccer Game

That covers just about everything happening on our campus this weekend! Like we said earlier this week, May is a busy month for us and we’re excited to get going. Remember to tag @fairplex and use #fairplex to share your experiences with us on social media. See you soon!

May at Fairplex

The countdown to summer is officially on! It’s around this time that we start rolling up our sleeves and really getting ready for Fair season. But before Fair, there are plenty of other events at Fairplex to enjoy! Here’s what’s happening this month:

Fairplex Events derby 150x150 May at Fairplex Kentucky Derby Buffet (May 6): Our on-site sports bar, Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill will be hosting a special buffet during the Kentucky Derby! Fill up your plates and enjoy the races from the comfort of your seat. Spaces are going fast — call for reservations at (909) 65-4151.

10th Annual Ross/McCracken Learning Expo (May 7): We’re pleased to host the 10th annual Ross/McCracken Learning Expo, a must-do for families! Kids will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning in the subjects of science, mathematics, the arts and other educational topics. Admission is FREE! More information available here.

merp May at Fairplex Cinco de Mayo Festival (May 7): Our infield will play host to the Que Buena crew as a host of bands and artists perform on Sunday.

Acts include Luis Coronel, Enigma Norteno, Grupo Alta Consigna and others.

Admission is FREE but a ticket is needed. For more information, click here.

Fairplex Events agexpo 290x300 May at Fairplex 48th District Schools’ Agriculture & Nutrition Fair (May 16-20): Celebrate all things California agriculture at the Ag & Nutrition Fair later this month!

This educational fair features thousands of individual and classroom entries from hundreds of schools in the greater Los Angeles area.

Admission is FREE! More information available here.

 

so cal bbq bash logo NC 150x150 May at Fairplex SoCal BBQ Bash (May 20): The SoCal BBQ Bash & Expo is debuting at Fairplex this month and we can’t wait! They’re bringing cooking classes, demos and workshops, live entertainment, seminars and a BBQ competition to our grounds.

It’s the perfect start to summer (we think of it as a Memorial Day Weekend pregame) and we’re ready to host. For more information on the SoCal BBQ Bash, click here.

Fairplex Events missioncircuit May at Fairplex Mission Circuit Dog Show (May 25-29): The Mission Circuit Dog Show returns for its annual Memorial Day Weekend event, with competitions culminating Monday with top dogs honored. Come see more than 100 breeds and 8,000 dogs competing in the show. More info here.

Other Events: The NHRA Twilight Cruise, Food Truck Thursdays, Palates & Palettes, Hot Tub & Swim Spa Show, soccer games, fun runs and plenty of other events are coming to Fairplex this month as well! Needless to say, we will be quite busy.

Visit our Fairplex Calendar for a full list of upcoming events. See you soon!

Mother’s Day at Fairplex

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No one does a buffet quite like McKinley’s Grille! Every year we get to see moms celebrated at our annual Mother’s Day brunch.

It’s a lovely day full of family, food and flowers galore, and one of our favorite holidays to work.

Like Fairplex itself, there is something for everyone on Mother’s Day! Check out the menu for a quick look:

 

BREAKFAST
• buttermilk pancakes
• applewood-smoked bacon
• maple sausage
• scrambled eggs

PASTRY SELECTION WITH:
croissants, cinnamon rolls, assorted muffins
jams & sweet butter

OMELET STATION
omelets made to order with choice of toppings

CARVED
• Garlic and herb-crusted beef strip loin, au jus, horseradish cream
• Pink peppercorn and sage-rubbed tom turkey, IPA mustard, roasted garlic gravy

PASTA STATION
• Penne pasta with traditional bolognese sauce
• Japanese pumpkin ravioli, spigarello, roasted garlic, pea tendrils, pecorino

LUNCH
• Pan-roasted chicken breast, cured orange and anise glaze
• Seared mahi, stewed tomato & caper
• Potato au gratin, gruyere cheese, parmesan, garlic, herbs
• Seasonal farm vegetables

SALADS
• Wild rice and root vegetable salad, lemon vinaigrette
• Traditional caesar salad focaccia croutons
• Farm greens, pomegranate vinaigrette
• Lemongrass-lime leaf poached shrimp, rustic cocktail sauce
• Seasonal fruit selection

CREPE STATION
• Brandy-soaked strawberries, dark rum-soaked bananas, fresh whipped cream

DESSERTS
assorted cakes, tortes and cupcakes

KIDS’ BUFFET
• mac and cheese
• chicken tenders
• mini burgers and corn dogs
• celery and carrot sticks, ranch dressing
• grapes and strawberries

Buffet includes unlimited Tazo iced teas, Starbucks coffee, soft drinks and mimosas

Pricing
$38.95 per person (+ tax & service charge)
$15 children (ages 12 and under, + tax & service charge)
Children 5 and younger free

Our Favorite Eats at McKinley’s Grille

McKinley’s Grille is our hotel restaurant, tucked into a cozy corner of the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel. We hold a lot of lunch meetings there and occasionally sneak away for a meal during Fair season (because there is such a thing as too many deep-fried s’mores!)

Their menu is seasonal as they often use vegetables, herbs and fruit selected from The Farm at Fairplex. Here are some of our current favorites:

Appetizer: Crispy Pancetta Mac & Cheese
Raclette cheese sauce, pancetta and caramelized onion. Cheesy, gooey, and incredibly satisfying.

Crispy Pancetta Mac n Cheese Our Favorite Eats at McKinleys Grille

In our opinion, this appetizer can be a meal on its own (although we highly recommend following this with one of the following:

Entree Salad: Pacific Rim
Greens, cabbage, farm citrus, cilantro, pickled ginger, wonton crisps and sesame ginger vinaigrette. All McKinley’s Grille salads are packed with healthy vegetables, herbs and tantalizing flavors. The Pacific Rim salad is both refreshing and satisfying. 

pacific rim salad1 Our Favorite Eats at McKinleys Grille Main Course: Roasted Skuna Bay Salmon
Cured orange & cilantro chimichurri, seasonal vegetables and potato carrot puree. If you’re looking for a delicious way to meet your protein goals, this is the way to go.   Salmon Our Favorite Eats at McKinleys Grille The McKinley’s Grille menu has a nice blend of healthy and indulgent options, and depending on our mood, we pick and choose from both! What are your favorites?

To view the full menu, special events, promotions and hours, click here.

Weekend Recap: Learning & playing

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! ICYMI, here’s a quick look at what we had the pleasure of hosting:

Spring in The Farm
Our annual celebration of all things agriculture was a huge success! More than 1,000 guests of all ages visited The Farm at Fairplex and learned about the ins and outs of one of America’s largest industries. From animals to food tastings, gardening workshops to hay baling demonstrations, the fun and learning were non-stop all day.



Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED
Meanwhile in Expo Hall 4, learning of a different — bigger — scope was taking place in the form of life-size dinosaurs, fossil digs and prehistoric fun for the kids. Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED provided the perfect blend of entertainment and education as guests went back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth.



SoCal Sports Club Soccer Match
Fairplex has soccer fields! That’s right — we’ve revamped part of our infield into gorgeous grassy fields perfect for soccer. Soccer team Southern California Sports Club (SCSC) now calls Fairplex their home turf, and they had their first ever home game Saturday night against the Riverside Coras.

Although SCSC lost to the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) Southwest Conference leaders Deportivo Coras 2-1, the game was exciting to the very end on both sides.

We had a blast learning, living and playing this weekend on our campus. See what’s coming up next at Fairplex.com!

Fairplex Snapshot: Spring in The Farm

We’re celebrating all things agriculture today in The Farm at Fairplex! We take pride in being a part of the American agriculture industry and today we’re opening our gates to the community for a first-hand look at life in an urban farm. Check it out:

Check out our Instagram story for more pics + vids! For more information on The Farm at Fairplex, The Learning Centers at Fairplex and all other programs associated with our campus. visit us at Fairplex.com.

Fairplex Weekender: Farm-to-table, ArtReach and Bird Expo

The weekend is almost here! See what’s happening on our campus:

farm dinner 2 Fairplex Weekender: Farm to table, ArtReach and Bird Expo Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series

Farm Dinner (March 17): The 2017 Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series opens this Friday with a delicious four course menu using ingredients fresh from The Farm. Guests can watch first-hand as our chefs select fruits, vegetables and herbs from our crops and create meals in the Farm kitchen for them to enjoy.

Each course (including dessert) is paired with wine from the LaZarre Wines. There are still a few spots available! You can view the full menu and reserve your spot here: http://bit.ly/2mPCMfI

ArtReach: The Art of Dreams (March 17-19): ArtReach: The Art of Dreams opened to the public at the beginning of the month and will continue its run through the end of March. You can visit the gallery (Millard Sheets Art Center) Friday – Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. We are always impressed by the talent and creativity of the high school students who participate every year. We highly recommend walking through if you have the time!

Everybody’s Bird Mart (March 19): Everybody’s Bird Mart returns to Fairplex on Sunday. Shop rare and exotic birds of every breed, size and color, and gather all the necessary supplies for taking care of your pet: cages, seed, vitamins, perches, toys and more. Hours, admission and parking info are available at Fairplex.com.

Reblog: St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Recipes

We may not be having Celtic Faire this year, but that doesn’t mean we’re any less excited about St. Patrick’s Day! We decided to reblog a post we did last year rounding up our  favorites. Check it out!

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Recipe Round-Up

1. Irish Soda Bread by cincyshopper.com

StPatricksDay DinnerIrishSodaBread Reblog: St. Patricks Day Dinner Recipes Start your meal off with a traditional Irish soda bread. It wouldn’t be a true St. Patrick’s Day celebration without it!

2. Guinness Beef Stew by cincyshopper.com

StPatricksDay DinnerGuinnessBeefStew Reblog: St. Patricks Day Dinner Recipes Also from CincyShopper.com, this hearty Guinness beef stew is the perfect pairing to the Irish soda bread. Talk about a filling dinner.

3. Irish Potato Bites by homemadeinterest.com

StPatricksDay DinnerPotatoBites Reblog: St. Patricks Day Dinner Recipes When we came across this little appetizer recipe we knew we had to include it in our roundup. These savory little bites are the perfect complement to dinner.

4. Corned Beef Hash by cookingandbeer.com

StPatricksDay DinnerCornedBeefHash Reblog: St. Patricks Day Dinner Recipes This veggie-heavy dish is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner! In fact, we recommend saving this one for the next time you’re craving an omelet.

5. Cheddar-topped Shepherd’s Pie by marthastewart.com

StPatricksDay DinnerShepherdsPie Reblog: St. Patricks Day Dinner Recipes This recipe from MarthaStewart.com looks equally delicious and can be made in less than an hour. Eat up!

Do you cook up a feast for St. Patrick’s Day or do you prefer to stick with the traditional corned beef & cabbage? Share your favorites with us in the comments below!

March at Fairplex

march March at Fairplex Wait, it’s already March?! Somehow the past two months have flown by and here we are, at the start of the third month in 2017. Keeping reading to see which events may interest you:

2017 BHKC Logo final A 239x300 March at Fairplex Kennel Club of Beverly Hills Dog Show (March 4 & 5):

The Kennel Club of Beverly Hills Dog Show is filming at Fairplex THIS weekend! The show itself will debut on USA Network on Easter Sunday (April 16).

You can watch it on TV… or you can be at the taping itself! Spectators are welcome to come to the show and see more than 1,000 purebred dogs compete for Best in Show and other categories. More info here.

 

Fairplex Events ArtReach logo 300x119 March at Fairplex ArtReach 2017: The Art of Dreams (March 4-26): The sixth annual regional high school art exhibition returns to the Millard Sheets Art Center this month! The theme: Dreams. We’re very excited to see what paintings, sculptures, photos and other pieces of art these talented students have created.The Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony is this Saturday, with the gallery open Fridays – Sundays March 5-26 in the afternoons. More info available at millardsheetsartcenter.org!

Fairplex Events SpringintheFarm 300x259 March at Fairplex Spring in The Farm (March 25): Warmer weather means more outdoor fun at The Farm! We’re celebrating American agriculture at our annual Spring in The Farm event.

Local communities are invited to enjoy activities and workshops centered in agriculture, from rope making to gardening.

Meet our Farm animals, learn more about agri-business and see agriculture in motion! More info here.

Fairplex Events Dinosaurs thumbnail March at Fairplex Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED (March 25 & 26): Dinosaurs are coming to Fairplex at the end of March! Families can experience up-close encounters with lifelike dinosaurs, take a spin in a Jurassic Jeep, dig for fossils, and other fun dino-themed activities fun for all ages. More info available here.

Other Events: We also have the BrideWorld Expo (March 5), Pomona Swap Meet (March 5), The Big Spring Home & Garden Show (March 10 -12), Insane Inflatable 5K (March 11), Palates & Palettes (March 11) and Everybody’s Bird Mart (March 19) returning to Fairplex this month.

For more info on any of these events, please visit us at Fairplex.com.

If you’re hanging out with us, share your experiences on social media! Tag @fairplex and use #fairplex in your captions. We’d love to hear from you.