• Thursday, June 15, 2017 (5:03 pm)

    La Habra culinary team wins Cooking Up Change contest

    Congratulations to the La Habra culinary team for winning the Cooking Up Change challenge!

    The contest, sponsored by Kid Healthy, was held on June 12 and featured a total of seven teams. 

    Centennial Farm hosted a workshop for Orange County’s Cooking Up Change students early in the season. Kid Healthy is one of the programs Centennial Farm’s supervisor Evy Young and Culinary Arts supervisor Pam Wnuck have supported because they promote agriculture, nutrition, culinary initiatives and healthy eating.

    Read more about the competition on OC Register

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (4:42 pm)

    Bookworms can earn free carnival rides at the 2017 OC Fair

    There’s a lot of fun to be had at the 2017 OC Fair. We’ll have tons of games, entertainment and delicious treats. But don’t worry, parents – there will be amazing learning opportunities too.

    One such opportunity is the Read & Ride program. Perfect for bookworms – or kids who need a little extra motivation to pick up a book – the program is simple: read two books and get three free carnival rides!

    How to participate in Read & Ride:

    1. Read two books.
    2. Write a brief summary (approximately 25 words) of each book.
    3. Bring the completed form to Centennial Farm’s information booth.
    4. Ride three carnival rides!

    The Read & Ride program is open to children ages 5 to 11. Five-year-olds may draw pictures instead of writing a summary. Completed forms must be signed by a parent or teacher, and children must be present to redeem the form for ride tickets. Only one form per child per day; a maximum of two forms may be submitted during the run of the 2017 OC Fair.

    Get the official Read & Ride form, and start reading!


  • Monday, May 22, 2017 (4:41 pm)

    Olive Oil Competition lends even more flavor to the OC Fair

    A little olive oil goes a long way to enhance food. In California, and specifically Orange County, a bit of olive oil drizzled over a bed of bright green lettuce and fresh, juicy tomatoes with a side of perfectly ripe avocado makes the kind of meal summers are made of.

    So with that freshness in mind, the 2017 OC Fair held its inaugural California Olive Oil Competition, and winners will be featured this summer during the Fair. The competition focused on the Fair’s theme of “Farm Fresh Fun” and was open to all California olive oil producers.

    Fairgoers will be able to enjoy complimentary tastings of these decadent olive oils, as well as learn a few tricks of the trade at food pairing demos hosted by the olive oil makers. The award-winning products will be available for sale in the OC Promenade.

    The olive oils were divided into two divisions for the competition: extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) and flavored olive oils, which could either be co-milled or infused. Gold, Silver and Best of Show medals were awarded.

    The four-member OC Fair Olive Oil Tasting Panel tasted 33 olive oils.

    Nancy Ash, of Strictly Olive Oil, served as head judge and adviser. As a professional olive oil consultant, she has been a frequent judge at various fairs including the California State Fair, the Big Fresno Fair San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition and the Los Angeles County Fair.

    This year’s competition was coordinated by OC Fair & Event Center’s team of Evy Young, agriculture education supervisor; Barbara Gregerson, garden and floral program coordinator; and Pamela Wnuck, culinary arts supervisor.

    Meet the OC Fair Olive Oil Tasting Panel

    Thom Curry – proprietor, Temecula Olive Oil Company; member, California Olive Oil Council Tasting Panel; professional olive oil taster; sommelier and wine tasting judge
    Lawrence Jacobs – conventional and specialty grocery buyer, Oliver’s Markets; member, California Olive Oil Council Tasting Panel
    Arden Kremer – organic and biodynamic grape grower in Sonoma County; member, California Olive Oil Council Tasting Panel
    Kathryn Tomajan – Oleologist; miller; educator; olive grower; expert taster and trained sensory panel member; and member, California Olive Oil Council Tasting Panel

    The OC Fair Olive Oil Tasting Panel received intensive training from members of the California Olive Oil Council pursuant to the guidelines of the International Olive Council.


    Extra Virgin Olive Oils division winners

    Best of Show – Lodi Olive Oil’s Ascolano

    Silver Medals – Tyler Florence Test Kitchen (Blend), Fandango (Blend), Calivirgin Premium (Arbequina), ENZO Ranch 11 (Arbosana), ENZO Ranch 20 (Arbosana) Fandango (Arbequina), San Miguel Olive Farm Pristine (Italian blend), Macala (Blend), ENZO Ranch 11 (Koroneiki) and ENZO Ranch 20 (Koroneiki)

    Gold Medals – Lodi Olive Oil (Ascolano), San Miguel Olive Farm Nectar (Italian Blend), ENZO Ranch 11 (Arbequina) and ENZO Ranch 20 (Arbequina)

    Flavored Olive Oils division winners

    Best of Show – Calivirgin’s Hot Virgin Jalapeno

    Silver Medals – ENZO (Clementine), Calivirgin (Rosemary), Calivirgin (Basil) and ENZO (Basil) and Calivirgin (Garlic)

    Gold Medals – Calivirgin (Blood Orange), Calivirgin (Hot Virgin Jalapeño), Calivirgin (Jalapeño-Garlic), Calivirgin (Lemon), Calivirgin (Habañero) and ENZO (Fresno Chili)


  • Monday, May 15, 2017 (4:38 pm)

    iBUYPOWER GameFest Featuring Live Tournament and VR Demos coming to OC Fair

    The OC Fair has announced its first venture into the esports world, iBUYPOWER GameFest and Tournament, featuring virtual reality demos, a live gaming tournament and much more.

    Stop by and channel your inner gamer, experience the stunning world of virtual reality, or enjoy our variety of carnival-style activities for chances to win sponsored prizes.

    GameFest will take place on the last weekend of the 2017 OC Fair, August 12 and 13, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in The Hangar and Club OC in the Plaza Pacifica. Entrance is included with your OC Fair admission, which is $14 for adults and $7 for youth (6-12) and seniors (60+).

    In the evenings, level up for more PC gaming fun as iBUYPOWER and the OC Fair also host the inaugural GameFest Tournament Series from 8:30 to 10 p.m. in The Hangar. Admission to the tournament includes access to the all-day expo and demos, early access to the Hangar beginning at 7:30 p.m. for the live tournament, a GameFest swag bag and up-close viewing of the tournament on the big screen. Admission for the tournament is $17.50 for standing general admission and $25 for reserved seating; tickets include admission to the OC Fair.

    iBUYPOWER GameFest at the OC Fair
    August 12 and 13, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Tickets included in Fair admission – $14 for adults, $7 for youth (6-12) and seniors (60+)

    iBUYPOWER GameFest at the OC Fair and Tournament Series
    August 12 and 13, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    Tickets are $17.50 general admission, $25 reserved seating (tickets include admission to the OC Fair)

  • Monday, May 8, 2017 (3:44 pm)

    Imaginology rocked STEAM activities

    Almost 36,000 people attended Imaginology, the free three-day celebration of imagination and learning, at OC Fair & Event Center last weekend.

    The festival focused on STEAM activities: science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The family-friendly event featured hundreds of hands-on workshops, shows and exhibits for youth from preschool through high school.

    As an added bonus at this year’s Imaginology, one of Centennial Farm’s ewes gave birth to two lambs during the event – a real-life lesson in biology. 

    The farm also hosted milking demonstrations, blacksmithing, planting activities and more science in action.

    There was live entertainment, food and many make-and-take projects for kids to bring home. Attendees could participate in aerial fitness classes, pet pythons, see horse vaulting demonstrations, enter robotics competitions and play chess with kid-sized game pieces.

     “Families, classes and kids of all ages had an amazing time,” said OC Fair & Event Center’s VP of Business Development Michele Richards. “The fun was really all about learning about STEAM subjects and exposing everyone to the possibilities of careers for these budding engineers, artists and rocket scientists. We want to show them that their dreams can come true.”

    Imaginology also hosts student competitions in categories including crafts, fiber arts, fine arts, photography, poetry, video, science and engineering. This year, more than 3,000 students entered the contests and their entries were displayed at Imaginology. A full list of winners will be published soon on ocfair.com/steam.

    This is the 38th year that OC Fair & Event Center has hosted a community event aimed at providing fun, hands-on learning experiences for students of all ages.  The long-running Youth Expo was rebranded as Imaginology in 2014 and the focus was shifted to STEAM.

    The free event is underwritten by OC Fair & Event Center and sponsors and also offers 4H and FFA students the opportunity to sharpen their skills with early competitions and get ready to show their animals at the 2017 OC Fair, July 14-Aug. 13.

    For more information, visit ocfair.com/steam.


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