Mountain Mandarin Festival in Placer County
11 am, Friday, November 22, through Sunday, November 24, Gold Country Fairgrounds, $5-$18
If you’ve got a need for mandarin oranges that puts the typical consumer to shame, your presence is requested at the Mountain Mandarin Festival. There, the area’s citrus varietal will be lauded and consumed with abandon in a number of activities and contests. You can submit a dish featuring mandarin oranges, meet the newly crowned best mandarin grower in the county and consume food that features the tangy-sweet citrus—including a wood-fired mandarin pizza, mandarin-glazed kettle corn and mandarin funnel cakes. There are plenty of samples, plus 5K and 10K fun runs on Sunday and way more mandarin-themed fun at this one-of-a-kind mandarin enthusiast gathering. 209 Fairgate Road, Auburn, mandarinfestival.com.