Food and Spirits - Gold Country

Blazin' Hog BBQ Competition - It's all about food, fun, and music in the Sierra foothills at the fourth annual Blazin' Hog BBQ competition and Zydeco music festival! BBQ contestants will be competing for $500 in cash prizes, with tasting available to the public. Great music that makes you get up and dance will be provided by many of Central California's greatest Zydeco performers.

Mountain Mandarin Festival - When autumn days in the Placer County foothills are warm and the nights are cold, mandarin orange growers anxiously await the first blush of color on their fruit. Just before Thanksgiving, samples are eagerly tasted for sweetness and then long hours are spent hand-snipping each stem to bring in the first crop of the season for the Mandarin Festival.  The sweet and tangy citrus scent of Mandarin oranges permeates the crisp November air during the three-day Mandarin Festival held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, California. The Sierra Foothills, long-known for the discovery of gold in California, are also known for their golden treasure, the Mandarin orange. The Mandarin Festival attracts 25,000 to 30,000 visitors who savor the juicy fruit, which is available only late November through January.

Amador County Vintners – With more than 25 wineries in a 10 square mile radius, there is always something going on.  Celebrate wine twice a year as these regional events:  The Big Crush in October and Behind the Cellar Doors in March.

Fire on the Mountain - Annual Arts & Wine Festival is a fun street festival with over 100 fine artisans, live entertainment, dancing, wine tasting and faboulous food. Live music by Tom Rigney & Flambeau, vaudeville " Street " performer Captain Jack Spareribs, and more!