The California State Fair has its origins in the dream of one man to encourage and develop the state’s agricultural potential. His name was James Lloyd La Fayette Franklin Warren, a horticulturist and merchant from Massachusetts who came to California in 1849 as a gold rusher. He ran a store at Mormon Continue reading State Fair Origins
Whether sweet or savory, pies have been a most satisfactory culinary repast since mankind invented the oven. In the 19th century, a “side dish” chicken or turkey pie was always included on holiday tables. During the California Gold Rush, enterprising pioneer women baked and sold fruit pies to homesick gold miners. Continue reading Pie Eating Contest!