If you enjoy freshly made guacamole like I do*, or avocado slices on your sandwiches or salads, chances are the avocado that you had on it was grown right here in San Diego (more than half of avocados grown in the US are grown in San Diego county).
So brimming with local-pride last Sunday, the Beloved and I drove a little ways north to the town of Fallbrook (in the heart of avo country), which was hosting its annual Avocado Festival, which we had never before attended (or heard of, honestly).
What we had thought was going to be maybe a block or two of guacamole stands and avocados for sale turned out to be a MAJOR street fair that went for blocks and blocks with all sorts of food and games for kids, crafts, community organizations, home repair services, and did I forget the food? And of course, avocados!
We were very excited to try the “Winningest Guacamole in History” – which was pretty darn tasty and chunky. We also tried the avocado ice cream, which we thought could have used a little more avocado-ness in it.
We passed on the avocado fudge. We’d heard there would be fried avocados, but couldn’t find a stand with any.
It was a gorgeous day to walk around and enjoy seeing all the activity and the fair provided great people-watching.
We ended up scoring some free decals, and bought an avocado Christmas ornament, a coffee mug and “Avocadude” t-shirts (which we thought was the best of the avocado-themed wear) – and of course, a few avocados!
*and when I was growing up, I thought guac was “nasty” – probably because it was a tasteless paste made with sour cream. Yuck. Thank goodness I’ve had the real thing.