Weekend Recap: Cheers Festival

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:

Cheers – LA’s Wine, Spirits & Beer Festival
The Cheers festival is an annual summertime celebration of the award-winning wines, spirits and craft beers from the Los Angeles International Competitions.

Guests can taste the various drinks, choose their dinner from a variety of food trucks, bid on silent auction items and dance the night away! It’s always a good time and, for us, the official start of summer.

Proceeds benefit the educational programs in The Learning Centers at Fairplex. Check out what our guests saw below:





Remember to tag @fairplex and use #fairplex to share your experiences with us on social media. See you soon!

Fairplex Snapshot: 2017 LA Wine Competition

We’re wrapping up the 78th annual Los Angeles International Wine Competition today, and we’re sad to say goodbye to all of our awesome judges.

Every year, wineries from around the world compete in our competition. Award-winning wines are featured at the LA County Fair (September), Cheers Festival (June) and year-round at our hotel restaurant, McKinley’s Grille.

Our wine cellar is stocked to the brim with a wide variety of wines spanning many countries and continents. It’s truly an international experience!

To learn more about the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, click here.

To learn how you can sample these wines, along with tastes of the Los Angeles International Beer, Spirits and Olive Oil competitions, click here!

April at Fairplex

april 300x300 April at Fairplex April showers? They seem to be non-existent at Fairplex! We’ve enjoyed nothing but light breezes and sunny skies so far this month and it’s put us in the best of moods. We hope you’ll come through and enjoy the weather and our April events with us. Check it out:

Food Truck Thursdays Returns (April 6): It wouldn’t be spring without Food Truck Thursdays! Starting April 6, a variety of food trucks will set up shop in the Gate 1 parking lot in the evenings. Enjoy your choice of eats, music, drinks and community. Admission and parking are FREE — enter through Gate 1. Visit our Events Calendar for the latest updates on which food trucks will be featured each week.

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Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals (April 8 & 9): “America’s Car Show” is roaring back to Fairplex — the Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals are taking over the campus this weekend! Feast your eyes on more than 1,000 high-end cars, watch the Autocross action and enjoy live music, prize giveaways and auto vendors. Tickets, event times and parking details available here.

Deaf United Expo (April 22): The most exciting Deaf Cultural Event in America will be at Fairplex April 22. Guests are invited to participate in workshops, exhibits, entertainment, job and career fairs and other activities for the deaf community. Admission is FREE! More information available here.

Tiki Cats at The Fair (April 29-30): Calling all cat lovers! The Santa Monica Cat Club presents the “Tiki Cats at The Fair” Cat Show. Judges from across the country will decide which cat deserves the title of Best In Show. See cats of all breeds, kittens and adults  alike. Vendors will feature specialty cat foods, treats, grooming supplies, cat trees and more. For more information, including ticket prices and hours, click here!

Fairplex Events Soccer FB 300x300 April at Fairplex Soccer Games: Our infields are now home to The Southern California Sports Club! Watch their matches against various National Premier Soccer League teams every other Saturday this month (April 8, 22, 29). View their full schedule here.

Other Events: Some of our favorite events, like the NHRA Museum Twilight Cruise, Giant Spring RV Show, Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show, B.R.A.K.E.S. Driving School, and public runs of the Fairplex Garden Railroad and RailGiants Train Musem will also be happening this month. Busy, busy, busy!

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.

April Farm Dinner Menu Announced

We take the farm-to-table movement to the next level with our Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series! Guests of this unique dining experience watch our chefs select vegetables, fruits and herbs straight from our crops for a truly authentic farm-to-table dinner.

farm dinner 1024x588 April Farm Dinner Menu Announced Each dinner is paired with wine, spirits or local craft beer. Our next event (Friday, April 7) features selections from Banfi Wines. Take a look at the menu:

Cocktails at 6 p.m.
Dinner at 7 p.m.


FIRST COURSE

Charred cardoon, easter egg radish, shaved fennel, tatsoi, burnt honey and miso vinaigrette
San Angelo Pinot Grigio Toscana 2015

SECOND COURSE
Wood fire roasted white seabass, dried lemongrass butter, arancia cauliflower, micro arugula
La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana 2015

THIRD COURSE
Brioche, leek stuffed jidori chicken, romanesco, crispy spigarello, star anise jus
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Castello 2011

FOURTH COURSE
Coffee crusted smoked beef tenderloin, vanilla bean parsnip puree, braised mustard greens
Belnero Toscana IGT Castello 2013

DESSERTS
Dark chocolate pots du creme, lemon balm and loquat chutney, 2017 farm olive oil, maldon sea salt
ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC 2013

Pricing:
$95 prepaid
$110 at the door
$150 Chef Table experience, limit of 4 seats
All prices are inclusive of tax and gratuity.

If you wish to join us for our upcoming Farm Dinner, please call McKinley’s Grille at (909) 868-5915 to make your reservation. We’d love to have you!

More information on our Farm Dinners can be found here.

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

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

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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.

Weekend Recap: Dance, robotics, insanity

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:

Move Productions Dance Competition

Southern California VEX Robotics Championships

Insane Inflatable 5K

Palates & Palettes Wine & Paint Night

See what’s next at Fairplex on our Events Calendar at Fairplex.com!

Fairplex Weekender: Asian American Expo, Wine & Paint Night and more

Hellooooo Friday! Even though we’re working this weekend, we are actually looking forward to all of these events. We love what we do, and who we host. Check out what’s going on at Fairplex this weekend:

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Asian American Expo (Jan 14 & 15): One of our biggest events this month, the Asian American Expo is all things cultural: food, dance, art and entertainment. This year the expo features several events like Anime Impulse, where guests can cosplay, attend panels, browse artist alleys and check out a car show. The Silk Show Sample Sale features a number of great brands selling wares at 50-80% off retail price, as well as a sneaker show. Other activities include an eating contest, tons of food and shopping vendors, and live entertainment celebrating a variety of Asian cultures. Admission is $11 per person. Parking is $11 at Gate 9 (Blue Gate). For more information visit us at fairplex.com.

Palates & Palettes – Monet (Jan 14): Our wine & paint series, Palates & Palettes returns to the Millard Sheets Art Center this Saturday night. Journey to the world of Claude Monet as you learn to paint one of his masterpieces from an art instructor, while enjoying wine & food pairings inspired from his homeland of France. All supplies (including wine & food!) are provided. Please RSVP here.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Jan 15): The Pomona Swap Meet returns to Fairplex bright and early Sunday morning. More than 30,000 car parts, accessories, automobilia and vintage rides will span 15 miles of our campus. It’s the perfect place to mingle with the auto community, shop parts and check out rides. More info at pomonaswapmeet.com.

RailGiants Train Museum Free Admission (Jan 14 & 15): Last but not least, the on-site RailGiants Train Museum is hosting their free monthly museum days this weekend. Take a journey back in time to the glory days of the American Railroad. Explore a number of well preserved locomotives and speak with docents on the history of trains in our nation. More info at railgiants.org.

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Fairplex Weekend Recap: Wine, birds and a relay

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Our annual fundraiser for The Learning Centers at Fairplex was this Saturday evening out at The Farm!

Guests took their time tasting the various wines, spirits and beers from the Los Angeles International Competitions from earlier this year.

Guests learned how to make craft cocktails from a mixologist, dined on food truck fare, both savory and sweet, and hit the dance floor once the sun went down.

Our silent auction, which also benefits The Learning Centers at Fairplex, had some great items up for bid.

All in all, we had a great time and we look forward to hosting again next year!

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Photo From: @donsproul (Twitter)

Relay For Life Pomona
We had the pleasure of hosting the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life this weekend as well. It is always touching to see a community come together, especially against a disease which affects so many people.

Everybody’s Bird Mart
We closed out the weekend with Everybody’s Bird Mart. Toucans, parrots, canaries, cockatoos and more set up camp in our expo halls as pet owners shopped for treats, toys, cages, vitamins and all the other bird necessities.

All in all it was another busy but fun weekend at Fairplex. Time to rest up a bit and then it’s hitting the ground running for our KABOOM! 4th of July celebration. Can’t wait!

See what else is happening at Fairplex on our Events Calendar!

L.A. Weekender: Cheers!

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Cheers: LA’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival (June 25): The public unveiling of our wine, spirits, beer and extra virgin olive oil competition winners is this Saturday! Enjoy tastings of our award-winning entries, feast on food truck fare and dance the night away — all for a good cause! Proceeds from Cheers ticket sales benefit The Learning Centers at Fairplex. Additional info is available here.

Relay For Life Pomona (June 25-26): The American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be at Fairplex this weekend. This fantastic event honors cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost and raises funds and awareness to fight back against this disease. Online registration ends tonight, with on-site registration available the day of. Please visit their event page for more information.

Everybody’s Bird Mart (June 26): The birds are back in town this Sunday! Bird owners can shop treats, toys, accessories, cages, health supplements and other items for their feathered friends. More info at everybodysbirdmart.com.

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 tanji@fairplex.com

5 Reasons To Love Cheers: LA’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival

It looks like the June gloom is slowly, but surely giving way to warmer summer nights, just in time for Cheers: LA’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival!

Our annual fundraiser for The Learning Centers at Fairplex is our official kick-off to summer and we look forward to it every year! Here are five reasons why we love this event so much:

5 Reasons To Love Cheers

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Tickets to Cheers are on sale now! Click here for more information on the event and to learn more about our pricing. Hope to see you there!