Mandarins in the Mountains

Products from Newcastle based Snow’s Citrus Court were my first foray into the world of northern California mandarins.  Raylene Snow whipped up a half dozen or so varieties of wraps then graced them with her sauces, dips and dressings.  I fell in love.  That year it was just in time for the Mountain Mandarin Festival.  This year the festival is November 18 through 20 in Auburn at the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

This is the 18th year of the celebration which will include product samples for numerous artisan product producers, professional chef demonstrations, a cooking contest, food crafts and activities, a peel-and-eat contest, free kids area and live music. Holiday gift baskets and wreaths are also available as well as mandarin scented products like candles, lotions and soaps.

Some of my favorite tastes include chocolate covered mandarin slices, mandarin pulled pork, mandarine gelato and mandarin syrup, which is great on not only pancakes but in oatmeal too.

The Mandarin Festival Cookbook is updated and for sale too.  It contains the best of all recipes collected over the past 12 years from local mandarin growers, cooking demonstrations, chefs and contestants.

Here is the festival scoop:

Location: 1273 High Street, Auburn, CA

Parking: Gold Country Fairgrounds Parking is $5, some free street parking

Hours: Friday 11-5 p.m., Saturday 9-5 p.m., Sunday 10-4 p.m.

Admission: $2 Friday, $6 Saturday and Sunday, age 12 and under free, seniors just $4

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