The ninth annual Fig Fest, offering opportunities for the community to sample locally produced fig dishes and products and to taste wines, will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Fresno State.
The event, which is sponsored by the California Fig Advisory Board and California Fresh Fig Growers Association, is held on the lawn between the Agricultural Sciences Building and University Student Union, just south of the intersection of Maple and San Ramon avenues.
Restaurants will offer dishes that incorporate figs, businesses will display and offer samples of fig products and wineries will present tastings of their vintages, all accenting the central San Joaquin Valley.
Fig Fest is open to the public. General admission tickets cost $8 in advance, $10 at the gate, and children 12 and younger get in at no charge. Tickets that also allow guests 21 and over to taste wine are $13 in advance and $15 at the gate. This ticket includes general admission, a wine tasting and a commemorative Fig Fest wine glass. Valid ID’s will be checked at the gate.
Proceeds will benefit Fresno State’s Ag One Foundation, which provides scholarships to students in the university’s Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, and Slow Foods Madera, a community organization that is part of a worldwide culinary movement.
More information and advance-sale tickets are available from the Fig Advisory Board at 559.243.8600 or www.californiafigs.com.
(Copy prepared by University Communications student news assistant Alejandra Garcia, a mass communication and journalism major.)