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Peace, Love and Fish

Published on: September 15, 2019

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While fish fries have sometimes given way to “gourmet” crab, lobster and seafood festivals in California, there remain a few tried & true events such as Costa Mesa Lions Club Fish Fry, now in its 72nd year! Congratulations to these hard working volunteers who put on a feast for the public to eat (at a price,) to benefit local charities.

With the motto, “We Serve,” Lions Club International was founded over 100 years ago (1917) in the U.S., as a non-political organization with more than 46,000 clubs and 1.4 million members in  200 countries around the world.

In California there are approx. 730 clubs and 20,000 members united to support the needy in virtually every local community. Lions of California organization says it “welcomes, embraces, and partners in service projects with like minded individuals, associations, and corporations.” It’s possible you’ve not noticed their good deeds — do check them out.

California Food Festivals

Happening on the weekend of September 21, 2019

  • AVALON: Catalina Island Women’s Forum Wine Festival
  • BAKERSFIELD: Kern County Fair
  • CHULA VISTA: Bonitafest
  • COSTA MESA: Lions Club Fish Fry
  • DOWNEY: Food & Music Festival
  • FAIR OAKS: Chicken Festival
  • FOLSOM: Folsom Live Street Party
  • GROVELAND: 49er Festival, Chili & Salsa Cook-Off
  • HOLLISTER: Northern California Renaissance Faire
  • LAFAYETTE: Art & Wine Festival
  • LANCASTER: Antelope Valley Greek Festival
  • MAMMOTH LAKES: Oktoberfest
  • PALO CEDRO: Honey Bee Festival
  • PASADENA: Greek Food Festival
  • SAN DIEGO: San Diego Zoo’s Food, Wine & Brew Celebration
  • SAN DIEGO: Pacific Island Festival
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Oktoberfest by the Bay
  • SAUSALITO: Chili Cookoff
  • SOLVANG: Danish Days
  • SUTTER CREEK: Feast at the Foundry
  • TRUCKEE: Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival
  • VACAVILLE: Oktoberfest
  • WALNUT CREEK: The Walnut Festival
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