California Avocado Festivals
FALLBROOK, CA -- When the annual Avocado Festival arrives in Fallbrook each spring, you can't believe how many people fit into one small village. The estimates are around 70,000, give or take a few thousand people.
The largest annual event that showcases the farms and crops in and surrounding Fallbrook in north San Diego County includes all kinds of fun, brought to you courtesy of the avocado. This amazing fruit becomes a masterpiece, as well as an entertainer when placed in the hands of creative avocado buffs who plan all year to dazzle with their contests, foods, and art.
Fallbrook is located approx. 60 miles north of San Diego, and is located between Temecula and Oceanside, slightly inland from the coast where the weather is ideal for avocado growing.
Among the attractions at the festival are the Guacamole Contest, Avocado Ice Cream, Holy Guaca-Moly, the Art of the Avocado Contest, Avo 500 Children's Car Race, and the Best Decorated Avocado Contest. This year there will be a contest for the Largest Avocado. For the kids there is Best Decorated Avocado, Avo 500 (build and race a car made out of an avocado), and Little Miss & Mr. Avocado. The Little Miss & Mr. Avocado contest is for Fallbrook, Rainbow, and Bonsall residents, and the dress code is casual or sportswear (no swimsuits).
Vendors, carnival rides, Farmers Market, Agricultural Area,
Avocado Culinary Demonstrations, and too much food to mention,
all are part of this spectacular one day celebration.
Fallbrook Airport exhibits and a tour of the Del Rey Avocado
Packing House are both featured at the event.
Known as the "Avocado Capital of The World", Fallbrook was original called Live Oak County Park. Avocado and floral industry are the largest agriculture entities in the area. There are over 60 wholesale and retail nurseries located around the Fallbrook area.
In addition, the Fallbrook Arts, Inc. annually presents Avenue of the Arts which invites attendees to see the Fallbrook Art Scene with live demonstrations and works created by regional artists and artisans (Fallbrook is an art mecca.)
The Art of the Avocado includes works of art are judged at an art reception prior to
the Avocado Festival, but you too can vote the day of the
festival. A "People's Choice" award is given after the popular
votes are counted. fallbrookartsinc.org
One of the most serious competitions at Fallbrook Avocado Festival is the Guacamole Contest for both professionals and non-pros.