Homemade jam will meet gourmet Asian cuisine at this year’s L.A. County Fair. In its desire to offer the perfect ingredients for today’s lifestyle, the Fair has revamped its home arts exhibit to incorporate the traditional with the modern at the new The Village on Broadway.
Home arts has been separated into two distinct and unique sections: Tapestry, the place of time-honored traditions and the trends of today including quilting and pottery, and Culinary Styles, which offers everything food.
The delicious aromas coming from Culinary Styles’ new ConAgra Foods Gourmet Kitchen will lead Fairguests to mouth-watering cooking demonstrations. Whether it’s a lively cooking contest, healthy eating styles or a hands-on workshop, it can be found at The Village on Broadway. The village will also be host to some of the finest chefs who will share their talents and ideas (or secrets!) with the audience.
From cake decorating to gingerbread house competitions to gourmet meals, guests will find it at the Fair. Don’t miss demonstrations by renowned chef and well-known cookbook author George Geary, the new culinary coordinator of The Village on Broadway. Eviolet Guerrero, the Latina Martha Stewart, will be on hand to coordinate wonderful contests and competitions with a cultural flare. The two will be on hand throughout the Fair.
While the beloved traditional aspects of Fair competition are still in place – best cookie, tastiest bread, best vinegar and sweetest relish – contemporary cuisine also gets its due. For the gourmand in us all, there are competitions in Asian, French and Puerto Rican cooking.
And what would the Fair be without the great, well-known competitions like the National Best Spam Recipe or the new Peter Pan Peanut Butter and Knott’s Berry Farm Jam Most Creative Lunchbox contest? Also, the first weekend of the Fair, Sept. 10 and 11, the finals of the Fair’s own Chefs on the Rise competition will be held.
On the non-edible side, Tapestry will once again display exquisite home arts including 250 beautifully crafted quilts, Brazilian embroidery, cross-stitching and many other unbelievable needle art entries. Along the way, guests will be fascinated by the pottery demonstrations given by some of the Inland Valley’s most talented potters. Learn how to throw a pot in the new pottery classroom. The entries in the jewelry category will dazzle the eyes. Visitors can make their own jewelry with the experts from the International Glass & Bead Company. Or learn about today’s new trends in knitting by joining Phebie Day Lozano for a special knitting party in the new needle art store.
Tapestry is also the place to see the entries from the Home Brew and Home Winemaking competitions. Continuing on through the village, guests will be transported to a Winter Wonderland where the street is lined with snowflake awnings and archways made from birch trees with thousands of white lights lining the street. Christmas trees entered into competition will also be on display with handmade ornaments and treasured delights. The Village on Broadway also has up-to-the-minute wedding displays bursting with the freshest ideas from wedding favors to handcrafted gowns. Don’t forget to stop by the bakery and see the beautiful wedding cakes entered in both professional and amateur competitions.
The adventure in The Village on Broadway is ever changing from contemporary design styles to charming shabby-chic, from stained glass to hand-painted china. Ideas from around the world are all encompassed in one unforgettable place.
The Fair welcomes visitors to learn, to try something new, to soak up the culture and dream a little. We hope you leave with a new passion for life!
The L.A. County Fair runs Sept. 9 – Oct. 2, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Live thoroughbred horse racing returns Sept. 9 – 26, closed on Tuesdays only. For more information a