If you need your fair fix before the LA County Fair opens in September, check out the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa. Unfortunately, there’s no public transportation that providing easy to access from LA, so carpooling is really the best bet.
The rides and food aren’t the only reasons to a visit to the fair. This year there are new exhibits on gardening, cooking, raising animals and more. Live, Eat, Grow is is the theme of the fair this year, which focuses on local foods and agriculture. The OC Fair claims that this is meant to be “A living expression of the love for food and respect for the environment in which it grows. The focus is on home & locally grown, sustainable & seasonable.” There will be many cooking demonstrations over the duration of the fair, so check the schedule to find a subject and cuisine you’re interested in learning.
If you’ve ever been to the OC Fair in previous years, you’ve likely seen Centennial Farm, a large permanent exhibit that boasts local California produce growing right in front of your eyes. During the fair season, this same area has shows and exhibits to introduce city folk to farm animals like livestock, sheep, pigs, goats, rabbits, turkeys, llamas and more. You can also view amateur entries in competitions for blue ribbon worthy fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants(this is the place to find freakishly large squash or pumpkins). There are usually a few local farmers selling fresh fruits in this area, too, so look for those healthy snacks. And don’t miss the beekeeping exhibit by the OC Beekeepers, which teaches how to cultivate honey with your own hive.
Instead of splurging on the wide array of fair food, much of which is fried(or contribute to the growing pile of trash), the fair will allow guests to bring their own food and unopened beverages. Package your snacks in eco-friendly containers and bring reusable water bottles and you’ll save your family money and be green.
Here’s the info:
July 15-August 14, 2011
Seniors (60+) $8
Kids under 6 FREE
100 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626