California: Spring food events worth a nibble
Food and wine are ideal ingredients for an easy California getaway. Here are five foodie events and festivals that offer a chance to try something different, from artisan olive-oil tasting to date-flavored gelato. Dig in!
-- Mary Forgione
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Feb. 15 -24: Riverside County Fair and Date Festival( Riverside County Fair and Date Festival )
Don't be distracted by the elaborate ostrich and camel races. This festival in Indio for more than 60 years has honored the mighty date. You can sample date milkshakes, date gelatos and date dishes whipped up by local chefs, and then see who triumphs in a date recipe contest Feb. 16. Tickets cost $9 for adults and $7 for kids 6 to 12; carnival rides are extra. Info: Riverside County Fair and Date Festival, (760) 863-8247