Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival
Apr. 18-21, 2013 cowboyfestival.org
$20/day, $10 child; $30/2 day pass,
Special performances and tours are sold
1994, the City of Santa Clarita sponsors
the annual Cowboy Festival at the Melody
Ranch Motion Picture Studio. 24715 Oakcreek
Ave., Newhall, CA 91321-1905 melodyranchstudio.com
Three stages throughout the ranch
with chuckwagon cooking in the Gold Rush
Food Court and the mouth-watering Peach
Cobbler are some of the highlights to
this annual event filled with two days
of entertainment at one admission price.
In fact, you might get the impression
that people REALLY like the food at this
Western Festival event. Why? They spend
so much time and effort cooking it, just
like the old days out on the range.
When the City of Santa Clarita
posted an article about the festival,
they listed the reasons to visit and
attend this annual city-sponsored event.
And among the top 3 reasons to go there,
"food" was mentioned.
"As we continue to count down the
reasons to go to the Cowboy Festival, we
look at number 3. The food!" says a city
For many festival-goers the food is far
and away the best part of the day while
attending the Cowboy Festival . The food
has been written about, talked about and
is a big reason many people keep coming
back. The Festival hosts standard fare
such as kettle corn, but it's the
traditional "cowboy grub" that steals
Apparently the Cowboy Cultural Committee
come all the way from Visalia and are a
Festival hit. The Cowboy Cultural
Committee's good-old-fashioned Dutch
Oven cooking is a festival standard.
Peach cobbler is out of this world.
A favorite stop at the Festival's
authentic chuckwagon is the tastiest
peach cobbler this side of Dixie and
real down-home biscuits and gravy!
The beans are unbelievable, too. They
stick to your ribs and put a smile on
They cook food over hot coals and
use old-fashioned coffee pots over fires
to keep the brew hot. Some say the
food is the reason they are repeat
customers. In addition to the
foods you can buy at the Chuckwagon with
a day admission, there are several food
events for foodies to sink their teeth
A Chuckwagon Dinner Show
costs around $40 and for food junkies, it's a
must. Prepared by award-winning Manflo
Ranch, the event includes entertainment
and the no-host saloon.
Yet another dinner on another event
night includes a movie at the ranch.
Melody Ranch Movie Night &
Western Dinner will provide guests
with a fantastic meal and viewing of legendary Western film director John Ford's classic Stagecoach
(1939) on Melody Ranch's Main Street. Seating is limited and only ticket holders will be
admitted to Melody Ranch for this event.
So the Cowboy Festival is only
partially about the cowboys and
entertainment. The grub is a key part of
experiencing life on the range, but we
suspect they never had a meal quite as
good as you'll taste if you check out