Annual Celebration of Northern California Cuisine, Agriculture and Family Fun, Venerable “Capay Valley Almond Festival” is Sunday, February 24
Esparto, Calif. - For nearly 100 years, the annual Capay Valley Almond Festival has showcased the charming Northern California region of Esparto and the Capay Valley. Collectively hosted by the communities of Rumsey, Guinda, Brooks, Capay and Esparto along bucolic Highway 16, this one-of-a-kind regional festival traverses a 21-mile route, with each location offering different activities and unique atmosphere. This year’s Almond Festival is scheduled for Sunday, February 24th 2013.
Early spring in the Capay Valley is one of the best times to experience the area’s distinct beauty. The almond blossoms begin to flower in February and continue through March, creating a stunning backdrop for the event’s numerous activities. To help navigate, the “Blossom Trail Map” was developed to provide a vibrant, spring-bloom tour of the event. View this guide at blossomtrail.org.
Festival highlights include:
- Kick things off with the “Almond Queen” dinner and help inaugurate the newly crowned event queen on Saturday, February 16th at the historic Western Yolo Grange and is co- sponsored by Rumsey Improvement Association and the Western Yolo Grange.
- Participate in a 10K Fun Run sponsored by the Esparto Unified School District. This race is on Saturday, February 23. Applications are available at espartok12.org.
- Join in the Almond Festival Golf Tournament at Yocha Dehe Golf Club on Saturday, February 23. Tournament info at yochadehegolfclub.com.
- Meander through the Blossom Trail as you visit each of the five locations. As always, the festival will feature family-friendly fun, food and a variety of arts, crafts, local products and produce. Start off at either end of the valley with a homemade breakfast; whether you choose traditional pancakes or breakfast pizza. Or submit your mouth-watering almond recipes for consideration in the bake-off event.
- Enter your baby in the Diaper Derby. Maybe yours is the “Fastest Little Nut!” Applications and schedules can be found on our website.
- Experience the “Sweet Spot”. Stop at the Guinda Grange Nibble on “Granny Wyatt’s Legendary Almond Roca” and famous homemade baked goods while on a hayride across the historic Rumsey Bridge.
- Come see how almonds are actually harvested, from shaking to sweeping, and experience the rich, significant agricultural history of the area.
- Experience additional goings-on, which include something for everyone: a car show, festival rides, BBQ and festival food, local wine tasting, beer and margarita garden, live music and dancing in five locations, library book sale, farmers market, petting zoo, wool spinning demos and a blacksmith working his craft. Delicious festival food this year includes almond blossom ice cream, corndogs, caramel apples, tri-tip, BBQ oysters, local sausage sandwiches, and lots and lots of delicious almonds.This just scratches the surface of activities at the 2013 Almond Festival in the Capay Valley.
“See you at the Almond Festival!”
For more information, times and complete details, including an event map, please visit capayvalleyalmondfestival.com