LIVESTREAM: Western Regional Cyber Defense Championship at Fairplex

This weekend the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center plays host to seven colleges as computer programming students compete in the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Championship.

Student teams assume administrative and protective duties for a faux-commerical network. They act as a real-life IT team, doing everything from maintenance to fighting professional hackers. Watch the live feed here:

Santa Visits the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel!

It was merry and bright at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel last weekend! Families gathered for a fun day of holiday movies, pictures with Santa and donated toys to be shared with less fortunate children in the community.

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The holiday cheer continues this Friday when we cater for the Boys & Girls Club of Pomona holiday party. We can’t wait!

2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

The Los Angeles International Wine Competition officially began this morning at our Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center.

Since its inception, the competition has maintained the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, earning USA Today’s recognition as one of the Top 5 wine competitions in the United States. Due to the competition’s popularity, this year over 3,000 wines from around the globe will be sniffed, swirled and tasted by a panel of approximately 85 international judges.

Prize-winning entries will not only be on display and available for tasting at Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival, but also at the LA County Fair. Fair warning: be prepared to have a first-class experience while at our grounds!

For more information on the Los Angeles International Wine Competition visit Winners will be announced later this month.

Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, Michael Jordan, shared with us a bit about his background and role in this competition:


A word on weddings

Once upon a time there was a land of deep-fried Twinkies, sparkling Ferris wheels and farm animals. This place was called the L.A. County Fair… 

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Every year in September, Fairplex campus transforms into a glittering world of carnival rides, concerts, acrobats and food galore. For the lucky few (1.4 million, to be exact) who journeyed here, this play land will forever be known as the Fair.

Until now.

So exactly what happens when the rides are packed away? Do the grounds just become a wasteland of discarded trash and fading memories? Or are new stories created instead?

The Fair ends but the story is far from over…

Tucked into a corner of Fairplex, often forgotten during the Fair’s bustling presence lies the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel. Between the the hotel pavilions, gardens and ballrooms there are plenty of sites perfect for everyone’s favorite fairy tale: the wedding day.

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Fairplex specializes in event planning for trade shows, fairs, expos and on an entirely different spectrum, weddings. In this three-part series we will cover the following topics:

1. Clients: How to build a relationship, keep them happy and execute their event flawlessly
2. Creating a unique destination for each new client
3. Up-and-coming trends in the wedding and catering industry

Happy reading!

Bird’s the Word

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Thanksgiving at McKinley’s Grille*
Thursday, Nov. 26
4 – 9 p.m.
$19.95 per person + tax
*take-home dinners available starting at $89.95 + tax (serves 5-7 people)

Everybody’s Bird Mart
Sunday, Nov. 29
Fairplex 4
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission $7 (11 and under free)

A Traveling Wine Tasting Event

three wine glasses resized A Traveling Wine Tasting EventThis is one of the most fun wine tasting events at McKinley’s Grille at Sheraton Fairplex hotel. It’s a progressive party that starts on the McKinley’s Grille patio and moves to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and the famous but little seen Fairplex Wine Cellar, which is mission central for the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competitions.

The tastings for this event are award winners from this year’s competition (3,400 entries from around the globe). It’s a great way to try out some of these wines without making a commitment to a whole bottle.

It’s an affordable $25 per person and it includes many tastings and some great food go-withs from the McKinley’s Grille executive chef, David Teig. Unless you’re a really big eater, there’s plenty of food (and wine!) for a light summer supper.

McKinley’s Grille
Sheraton Fairplex Hotel
Corner of McKinley & White Ave.
5:30 – 8 p.m.
$25 per person, inclusive
Call for reservations by Tuesday, July 28 (909) 868-5930