If you love to cook or love to eat, this is the place to meet!
Culinary Arts is taking center stage at the 2017 OC Fair. The Main Stage is booked everyday throughout the fair and will be host to chefs, bakers, farmers, floral artists, food bloggers, mixologists, brewers, butchers and more.
Learn from the best during demos and tasting sessions stocked with kitchen secrets, war stories and more – straight from the experts. The 30-minute culinary demonstrations are always new and exciting, educational and FREE. For the inside scoop on everything culinary, stop by the information desk. The stage schedule changes daily and is subject to change without notice.
NEW! The Pâtisserie by Chef Stéphane Tréand
The Pâtisserie showcases the many talents of Chef Stéphane Tréand, World Champion Pastry Chef, Chocolatier, and MOF (come to the Pâtisserie to learn what an honor this is). Enjoy delicious baked goods, chocolate bonbons, gelato macaron sandwiches, chocolate orange tarts and other pâtisserie delights.
Urban Produce | The Future of Farming with Danielle Horton
The future of organically grown produce is here! Urban Produce presents high-density vertically grown produce in a computer-controlled environment to deliver the proper amount of water and nutrition exactly when needed. Some of their fresh, organic produce spotlighted inside the OC Promenade include fresh herbs, leafy micro greens and wheat grass.
NEW! California Olive Oil Demonstrations and Tastings
Sample olive oils from many of California’s olive oil producers. Mingle with principals and owners and experience the commitment and passion that gives the renowned California regions its energy and personality.
Complimentary Olive Oil Tastings
Tastings featuring Award Winning Olive Oil Producers will be held daily at the new Tasting Bar.
Calivirgin Olive Oil (Coldani Olive Ranch): calivirgin.com
ENZO Olive Oil Company: prfarms.com
Fandango Olive Oil: fandangooliveoil.com
Lodi Olive Oil Company: lodioliveoil.com
Macala Companies, LLC.: macalacompanies.com
San Miguel Olive Farm: smolivefarm.com
Terrace Hill Olive Oil: terracehill-oliveoilcompany.com
Two Extra Virgins: twoextravirgins.com
NEW! The Fermentation Farm
Come and learn about the health benefits of lacto-fermentation from Dr. Yasmine Mason of The Fermentation Farm, enjoy a FREE sample of Kombucha and pet a SCOBY!
The Canning Kitchen
Did you know you can learn about food preservation for free at the Fair? Visit the Canning Kitchen daily from noon to 7 p.m. for live food demonstrations and expert advice from UCCE OC Master Food Preservers. Topics include water bath canning, steam canning, pressure canning, dehydrating, freezing, lacto-fermentation and more.
Chef Ray Duey, CEC
Watch culinary artist Chef Ray Duey carve fruits and vegetables. Chef Duey is nothing short of amazing when it comes to food sculpting. This will be a feast for your eyes!
Harvest to Home
View the Harvest to Home custom-designed moss wall. Harvest to Home builds living walls and organic gardens for households and corporations. Harvest to Home’s raised planting beds also can be viewed over at Centennial Farm.
Beer geeks, are you hopped up on home brewing? Check out the 2017 homebrew winners.
Check out the Culinary Competition entries and be wowed by all the talented exhibitors in the following categories: Preserved Food & Liqueur, Sugar Arts & Confections, Cookies, Bars & Brownies, Cakes & Cupcakes, and Pies, Cheesecakes, Yeast & Quick Breads. Congratulations to all the entrants!
Your toes will start tapping to the sounds of music every evening in the OC Promenade. Daily from 8:30 to 11 p.m.
Earn a seat at the Farm to Fork Table on the Main Stage
Watch chefs, artisans, bakers, tablescape artists, floral designers, beverage experts, distillers, brewers, butchers and more demonstrate their artistry. You can win a seat at the prized table!
Win a Culinary Prize Package valued at $1,000. Some of the prizes include a Saturday pastry class with Stéphane Tréand at the Pastry School, gift certificates for some of the hottest restaurants and bakeries in Orange County, and culinary tools, as well as California wine, olive oil and honey. Visit the information booth during the Fair to learn how and where to register.
NEW! Stop by the Culinary information booth to go on a Farm Fresh Fun Scavenger Hunt in the OC Promenade. You can search for clues and hidden objects with a map and win a coveted ribbon. We promise you won’t get lost!
NEW! What is milk’s perfect match? Cookies of course! Stop by and pick up Dorie Greenspan‘s 2017 James Beard Award-winning Vanilla Polka Dots cookie recipe (shh, it’s top secret!).
Enter our cookbook giveaway! Throw your hat in the ring for a chance to win Dorie Greenspan’s award-winning cookbook “Dorie’s Cookies.” Go to the information desk to find out how to enter.
Eating & Culinary Contest (Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays)
These contests are free and will be held on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. The winners will be awarded prizes and ribbons. Make sure to register starting at 5 p.m., before competitions begin at 7 p.m. Two age groups compete: ages 9 to 17, and 18 and up. For more information, go to the information desk.
The foods we eat are the products of forward-thinking chefs, farmers, ranchers, fishermen, food and beverage artisans, and regional purveyors who are on a mission to help educate us all for a better tomorrow. All demonstrations and times are subject to change without notice.
Sherry Horton, owner-designer of American Gardener, will demonstrate how to make natural home products from your garden. Visit her exhibit next to the Garden & Floral Pavilion. Demonstrations at noon.
Aug. 9-13 – Potpourri making from the garden
Cooking Challenge: Sean Le & Stéphane Tréand
Aug. 6 – 5 p.m.
Meet the competitors:
Sean Le, 15,is a self-taught chef from Orange County, Calif., and contestant on Season 2 of Masterchef Junior. Sean is an avid competitor and 2016 OC Fair Best of Class winner in Sugar Arts. Follow Sean on Instagram at @seanybonbon.
Chef Stéphane Tréand is a World Famous Pastry Chef, Chocolatier and MOF, (Meilleur Ouvrier de France) “Best Craftsman in France.” Find out more about Stéphane at thepastryschool.org.
Dr. Yasmine Mason of Fermentation Farm offers demonstrations and teaches health benefits of lacto fermentation.
Aug. 9 – 1 p.m. – Learn to make healthy sauerkraut
Aug. 11 – 1 p.m. – Health benefits of fermented foods
Family Fun with the Heritage Museum
Join the Heritage Museum for family fun, Victorian games, parlor games, a butter churning contest, California agriculture quiz and Orange County trivia.. Find the museum’s information at heritagemuseumoc.org.
Aug. 9 – 3 p.m.
Taco Mesa Restaurant
Ivan Rogelio Calderon of Taco Mesa Tortillería Orgánica & Café will demonstrate his unique corn masa tortilla recipe. The new concept is non-GMO corn masa for and will be used at all his locations as well as for retailers and other restaurants.
Aug. 9 – 5 p.m.
Chef Noah Blöm
What’s cooking with Chef Noah from The Arc, Café Marin & the Guild restaurants at SOCO? Watch him create something delicious. Pick up some tips in his 30-minute session.
Aug. 9 – 6 p.m.
Cooking Demonstration with Liam Waldman (Food Network STAR Kids)
Liam Waldman has a passion for cooking and putting his abilities to the test. After competing as a Food Network Star Kid and taking runner-up, Liam has been showcasing his love for good food as a culinary writer and critic. Join Liam Waldman as he performs a demonstration sure to impress both adults and children.
Aug. 10 – 5 p.m.
Home and Family Show & Bavette’s Meats & Provisions
Dan Kohler, of Home and Family Show, will demonstrate how to make the unique Icelandic “geothermal” rye bread.
Aug. 12 – 5 p.m.
Executive Chef and Butcher Melissa Cortina, of Bavette’s Meats & Provisions will answer any questions you have about buying, using and preparing meat.
Aug. 12 – 5 p.m.
Executive Chef Dave Histed
Executive Chef Dave Histed of Pavillions will share his best kitchen tips and tricks and demonstrate summertime recipes using fresh produce from the garden.
Aug. 13 – 5 p.m.