Madera, CA (PRWEB) September 12, 2012
The Madera Tourism Alliance of the Madera Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the second annual Madera Pomegranate Celebration week October 27 through November 4 which will include recipe contests, a golf tournament, the Pomegranate Festival and more.
Madera, growing in reputation as the “Heart of Pomegranate Country”, is an important hub of the county’s pomegranate industry. What isn’t grown in Madera and surrounding Madera County comes here for processing.
“The vast majority of pomegranate products you see on grocery store shelves got its start right here in Madera. It really is the heart of Pomegranate Country,” said Jarrod Lyman, Director of PR for the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau and chairman of the Madera Tourism Alliance.
This year’s lineup of events has expanded as more people want to get in on the pomegranate fun. Events include:
The week-long celebration will once again kick-off Saturday, October 27 with the Run For Your Heart 5K at Home Grown Cellars, a pomegranate farm and country store that’s a popular stop for tourists and locals alike.
On Tuesday, October 29, judges will decide the winner of the Stieb’s Recipe Contest. Entries from home cooks, professional chefs and recipes for beverages will be sampled at The Vineyard Restaurant.
Friday, Nov 2, San Joaquin Wine Company is hosting a dinner at Flemming’s in Fresno where they will be sampling their “Sinful Pomegranate Sangria.”
The Madera Parks and Community Services Department is hosting the inaugural Madera Pomegranate Celebration Softball Tournament November 3 and 4.
The second annual Pomegranate Festival will once again wrap up the week-long celebration. This year the event is taking place at the Madera Municipal Airport.
“We were ecstatic with how well the first year’s event went, and were pleasantly surprised that we already outgrew our first venue. The airport will allow us plenty of space for vendors, music, and of course the pomegranate grenade launch,” said KC Pomering.
The festival features scores of vendors showcasing all things pomegranate. From jellies to books, art and even pomegranate trees, event organizers say there was a lot of shopping going on at the event.
“We had several vendors tell us that it was the best show they had ever done, which was really encouraging for a first year event,” Pomering said