Fairplex Weekend Recap: On and off campus

This past weekend was a busy (but fun) one for us. Fairplex went off-campus for several events but as always there was plenty happening here too. Keep reading to see how things went:

Learning Expo
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The 9th annual Ross/McCracken Learning Expo turned Expo Hall 9 into a giant interactive classroom on Sunday afternoon.

Families had the opportunity to explore the vast world of science — biology, astronomy. oceanography, physics and more — through hands-on learning, demonstrations and more.

We had a blast hosting this lively, educational event! Thanks to all in our community who came to check it out, and the students who created the exhibits!

Cinco de Mayo Festival
Our infield played host to the lively Cinco de Mayo festival on Sunday afternoon! Hosted by radio station Que Buena, a number of popular Latino artists showed to sing, play and dance with the crowd.

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Photo Credit: @jossfavela (Instagram)

Upland Lemon Festival
Although some may not know this, Fairplex has worked with the City of Upland to produce the annual Upland Lemon Festival since 2013. We enjoy working with the nearby community and have a blast watching the crowds enjoy themselves!

Photo May 01 1 12 54 PM 2 1024x768 Fairplex Weekend Recap: On and off campus Live music from local bands, shopping, dining, carnival rides & games and other local features made this one of our favorite events of the weekend!

Southern California Tasting & Auction at Cal Poly Pomona
Our hotel restaurant McKinley’s Grille had quite the successful day at the annual Cal Poly Pomona fundraising food & drink event. Our staff whipped up Baja Shrimp Ceviche tostadas which proved to be quite popular with visitors!

MKG CalPoly cevichegroup Fairplex Weekend Recap: On and off campus We had a blast at each and every one of our events. Did you attend any of them? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

L.A. Weekender: Festivals galore

It’s hard to believe that we’re already 1/3 through the year. Where does the time go? Might as well relax and enjoy the last weekend of April while we can! Keep reading for the latest edition of the L.A. Weekender:

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Upland Lemon Festival (April 29 – May 1): We’re taking our team off-site this weekend to help produce the 2016 Upland Lemon Festival! Get ready for a weekend of music, carnival rides, shopping, and eating & drinking all things lemon as we celebrate the city’s citrus roots. Admission is FREE. Visit uplandlemonfestival.com for more info.

A Taste of Claremont (April 30): The Rotary Club of Claremont is hosting the 17th annual A Taste of Claremont fundraising event this Saturday. Enjoy some of the best cuisine, wine and spirits from local businesses at this community-centered event. Tickets are $65 each. Visit tasteofclaremont.org for more info.

Ross/McCraken Learning Expo (May 1): We’re pleased to host the 9th annual Learning Expo at Fairplex this Sunday. This free event features hands-on learning opportunities, educational demonstrations, entertainment, animals and more. Visit fairplex.com for more info!

Citrus Blues Festival (May 1): The inaugural Citrus Blues Festival is happening at the Upland Lemon Festival this Sunday. Stop by and enjoy a cold glass of lemonade (or a brew… either one) and enjoy the sounds of our talented local blues bands all day long. More info at uplandlemonfestival.com.

Southern California Historic Car Festival (April 29 – May 1): The 15th annual Southern California Historic Sports Car Festival will take place at the Auto Club Speedway, featuring vintage race cars, two days of racing and a party for the drivers and their crews. More info at svra.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

 

Upland Lemon Festival: 5 Healthy Lemon Snack Ideas

While we highly recommend spending your “cheat day” on Upland Lemon Festival goodies, there are plenty of healthy alternatives to your lemon bars, lemonade and other citrus sweets. Check out our round-up of healthy lemon dessert / snack alternatives!

Five Healthy Lemon Snack Ideas
Try one of these tasty (but healthy!) snack ideas the next time you feel like noshing. All credit goes to the blog writers/photographers linked below.  

Skinny Lemon-doodles by amyshealthybaking.com 

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Sweet Potato Chips With Creamy Lemon by homespuncapers.com

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Lemon Protein Bars by omnomally.com

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Lemon Coconut Chia Energy Balls by thehealthymaven.com

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What do you think? Will you be trying any of these prior to the Upland Lemon Festival? Tell us in the comments below! 

Infographic: Lemon Food & Wine Pairings

In the spirit of the upcoming Upland Lemon Festival we thought it would be fun to show which wines to pair with a lemon-themed dinner. We start with a salad, make our way through a couple main dishes and end with dessert. Check it out below!

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Do you have any citrus food and wine pairing recommendations? Tell us in the comments below! 

Resources:
http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/seven-rules-for-perfect-pairing
http://www.matchingfoodandwine.com/news/wine_pros/20070405/
http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/pairing-wine-lemon-curd-trifle-dessert-34128.html
http://garrubbo.com/wine-pairings-for-spaghetti-al-limone-lemon/

Upland Lemon Festival: Dessert Inspiration

The Upland Lemon Festival comes to historic downtown Upland April 29 – May 1. Although off-campus, this is a Fairplex-produced event and we’re gearing up for all things lemon and citrus as we speak! 

There will be plenty of lemon-y sweets to try at the festival but until then we might just whip up some of our own! Click on the pictures below to view the full recipe + instructions:

Frozen Lemonade Pie by lovebakesgoodcakes.com 

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Lemon Coconut Truffles by thelovenerds.com

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Lemon Lush Dessert Shooters by sugarspunrun.com

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Lemon Cheesecake by livingrichwithcoupons.com 

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Raspberry Lemonade Bars by lovelylittlekitchen.com 

ULF raspberrylemonbars Upland Lemon Festival: Dessert Inspiration So what do you think? Are you going to try your hand at one of these delicious-looking desserts? Share your results in the comments below! 

For more information about the food vendors at Upland Lemon Festival click here!

April at Fairplex

March was a busy month for us — Celtic Faire, Grow Pomona, ArtReach and the launch of our new website for starters, and we’re ready for the next adventure. April at Fairplex is all about movement — dance, fun runs, travel shows and even looking beyond our own campus and into the community. Keep reading to see what we have planned this month:

WorldofDanc April at FairplexWorld of Dance (April 2): The international dance community convenes at Fairplex to celebrate the lifestyle, culture and music of urban dance. YouTube stars, dance icons and lifestyle brands will take over campus for a full day of dance. This event is part of an international tour culminating at the annual World Finals this summer right here in Los Angeles. For tickets, hours and performance info click here.

Cosmo7K April at FairplexFun Runs (All Month): Fun runs are dominating Fairplex this month and we couldn’t be happier! We start the month off with the Pomona Valley Workshop (PVW) Run/Walk, which raises awareness of adult mental disabilities and end with The Music Run, a music-themed 5K where you choose the music.

Sandwiched in between is the all-ladies Cosmo Run 7K and Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K. See info for all these events here.

FoodTruckThursday April at FairplexFood Truck Thursdays (All Month): Food Truck Thursdays are BACK in April and we are ready to get our grub on! Check our Facebook page for a list of food trucks each week. Food Truck Thursdays run from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. each week, with parking at Gate 1. Admission and parking are free, just bring your appetite.

RVShow April at FairplexGiant RV Show (April 1 – 10): The Giant RV Show returns to Fairplex for its spring show. Start prepping for your road trips now with ample shopping opportunities for RV newbies and vets alike. Admission is free. Click here for more info.

 

2016 Lemon Festival Logo 150x150 April at FairplexUpland Lemon Festival (April 29-May 1): We’re putting on the Upland Lemon Festival, held in historic downtown Upland. Join us off-site for carnival rides, games, live entertainment and all things lemon. A portion of the proceeds will benefit designated non-profit organizations in the City of Upland through The Learning Centers at Fairplex.

Everything Else: The Twilight Cruise Night, Pomona Swap Meet and the Palates & Palettes wine and paint night will also be happening on campus this month.

For more info on any of these events please visit us at fairplex.com!

Which events are you planning to attend? Tell us in the comments below! 

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.

Event Industry News: Upland Lemon Festival Re-cap

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We take lemon pie eating contests seriously around here!

Upland Lemon Festival 2014: Downtown Upland came alive this weekend for the 18th annual Upland Lemon Festival.

Despite the downpour on Friday, Upland residents of all ages came out to support local businesses, watch pie eating contests andLemon Idol, and enjoyed shopping, carnival rides, games and food.

In addition to the usual festival fanfare, Upland also hosted a butterfly habitat and a historic crate label exhibit, documenting citrus packaging labels from decades past.

Overall, we would say it was a big success!


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L.A. Weekender: Food Truck Thursday, Upland Lemon Festival, AutoCon

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Food Truck Thursday

Food Truck Thursday: Start your weekend early with us at Food Truck Thursday! We have some of Los Angeles’ most popular food trucks lined up for your tasting pleasure as well as cold beverages and a bounce house for the kids. We are open from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. tonight. Free parking available at Gate 1. To see what food trucks will be present, click here.

Upland Lemon Festival: The 18th annual Upland Lemon Festival runs Friday – Sunday this weekend. Enjoy lemony eats, carnival rides and games, live entertainment from tribute bands and the talented locals of Upland and celebrate the community’s citrus roots. Admission is free! For more information visit www.uplandlemonfestival.com.

Shark Lagoon at the Aquarium of the Pacific: The Aquarium of the Pacific has re-opened their Shark Lagoon Nights. Get up close with these predators for free. Touch bamboo sharks and watch sandtigers and sting rays swim through the lagoon. Enjoy food, beverages and live music as well. For more information, click here.

AutoConAutoCon is celebrating its 5th anniversary at Fairplex with hundreds of classic, modified and exotic vehicles on display, a vendor marketplace featuring everything automotive and beyond, L.A.’s highest rated gourmet food trucks, AC models, special guests, an award ceremony and more. For more information click here.

Fiesta Broadway: Come to downtown LA this Sunday for the 25th annual Fiesta Broadway, one of the largest Cinco de Mayo events in the nation. Enjoy delicious food, shopping and music celebrating the culture of Mexico. Admission is free.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a weekly 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 Lemons

We have been seeing yellow and breathing citrus lately, what with the Upland Lemon Festival* just three weeks away and we don’t mind! There are many benefits to loving lemons (even beyond lemonade and lemon-meringue pie!) and we thought we would share a few with you.

5 Reasons to Love Lemons

 

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1. Grease remover: Have you ever tried to wash a pan after frying bacon, only to have your sponge end up a sudsy, greasy disaster and the pan still smelling like smoke? Next time you cook a greasy meal, cut a lemon in half and scrub your pan with it before washing with soap. The juice breaks up the grease, removes the smell and makes it ready for a proper cleaning.

2. Hair lightener: If you want a few streaks of gold in your hair this summer, try spraying your strands with lemon juice. Just squeeze fresh lemon juice into a cup and add an equal amount of water to it. Put the concoction in a spray bottle, shake well, and douse your hair with it. Then, spend a few hours in the sun and watch as the lemon juice lightens your hair all by itself!

3. Nail strengthener: Mix together olive oil and lemon juice and soak your nails for a spell. The mixture strengthens your nails and gives them a healthy glow. Think of it as a keratin pick-me-up.

4. Detoxer: Lemon water, tea and juice are the best remedies for when you want to give your body a safe and healthy cleanse. Lemons do an excellent job of clearing constipation, heartburn and gas while also helping you feel revitalized. (Bonus: Lemons also help clear your skin!)

5. Anxiety reliever: Lemon oil relieves stress and anxiety and aids in alertness and focus. The next time you are feeling that 2 p.m. slump or feel the need to breathe, consider purchasing a lemon air freshener for your office or lightly inhaling the scent of a fresh lemon. Simultaneous relaxation and focus in the space of a few seconds.

What do you use lemons for? Tell us in the comments section below! 

*The Upland Lemon Festival is produced by The Learning Centers at Fairplex. We are honored to once again be a part of a tradition that celebrates the citrus roots of the Inland Empire.