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The 2006 Fig Dinner in association with Fig Fest was held at
The Vineyard Farmer's Market.

Contact: Felix Muzquiz

(559) 269-9343

Lisa Kao and the Fig Newton Girls get ready
to do "the tricky part" during The Big Fig Newton!


Fig Fest 2007 – Celebrating a Valley Treasure

August 11, 2007 - 9 AM to NOON at The Vineyard Farmers Market
Northwest Corner of Blackstone and Shaw, Fresno, California

 Alice Waters Among Slow Food Dignitaries To Attend Fourth Annual Fig Celebration

 FRESNO, Calif., Figs will be the star attraction at the fourth annual Fig Fest 2007– Celebrating a Valley Treasure. Fig Fest 2007, takes place August 11, 2007 in Fresno, California from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is $5 with proceeds to benefit Fresno State Agriculture Scholarships and Slow Food Madera.

Tickets will be available at the door. Children 12 and under are free with paid adult admission. The 2006 event attracted nearly 1,000 people, who sampled a variety of gourmet food featuring fresh and dry figs.

Seventeen local restaurants will prepare a variety of fig delicacies to entice your taste buds. This year offerings include everything from chocolate mascarpone fig torte to figgy chicken wings.

Fig Fest is held at the Vineyard Farmer’s Market in Fresno, California. The event features live jazz by Lisa’s Big Night Out, face painting for the kids, and plenty of fabulous fig recipes.

The Fourth Annual Fig Fest put on by Slow Food Madera and the California Fig Advisory Board has attracted the attention of Slow Food U.S.A., which is sending 40 national leaders to the Fresno event. Among those national leaders is Slow Food International Vice President, Alice Waters of Chez Panisse.

Alice Waters is a strong advocate for farmer's markets and for sound and sustainable agriculture. In 1996, she created the Chez Panisse Foundation to help underwrite cultural and educational programs such as the one at the Edible Schoolyard that demonstrate the transformative power of growing, cooking, and sharing food. While her foundation flourishes, she has also become a voice for the International Slow Food movement.

Slow Food U.S.A. believes that pleasure and quality in everyday life can be achieved by slowing down, respecting the convivial traditions of the table and celebrating the diversity of the earth's bounty. Their goal is to put the carriers of this heritage on center stage and educate its membership on the importance of these principles.

Confirmed participating local restaurants include; Acequia On Main, Bistro Rustico, Campagnia, Cracked Pepper Bistro, Doug-Out Cookies, Erna’s Elderberry House, Love & Garlic, Palominos, Pangea, Senses World Cuisine, Slates, The Chefs Table, The Vineyard Restaurant, The Vintage Press, Trelio Restaurant, and Veni Vini Vici.

The event, sponsored by the California Fig Advisory Board and Slow Food Madera, is
designed to increase appreciation for figs and local produce.




Bacon wrapped figs were barbequed by Vineyard Restaurant of Madera.


Black Mission Fig Ice Cream from Laloo's
Goat Milk Ice Cream of Petaluma

James Overbaugh of
 Erna's Elderberry House displays his Fig Fest offering, also pictured to the left.


Calimyrna Figs filled with Port Wine-Mission Fig Compote

Chef Roy Harland and his team from Slates created this Mission Fig and Israeli Couscous Salad.

Malachi Harland of the Chef's Table with his
Fig Focaccia


David Vartanian with his recipe for Fig Salad with Arugula & Balsamic Syrup

Crowd favorite Trelio Restaurant created by far the most creative of the fig fest entries with Fig Soda and Fig Cotton Candy!


Vatche Moukhtarian of Cracked Pepper Bistro shows off his Fresh Fig Baklava and Fig Puff Pastries pictured to the left.


Fig Fest is sponsored by
 The California Fig Advisory Board
Slow Food Madera



Love and Garlic's Baked Brie topped with
Fig Chutney

Fig Tarts with micro greens from the team at Campagnia
Bentley's Fine Foods' Team with their Fig Jam & Goat Cheese on Crostini w/shaved Red Onion

The Herman Family of Fabulous Fresh Figs

Rochelle Rowe of Doug-Out Cookies
hands out the popular Fig & Walnut Cookies.



All photos on this page by Rodney K. Gavroian Photography
(except for top photo of the 2006 Fig Dinner)


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