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Pomegranate Celebration Comes to Madera

Scores of vendors will offer all things pomegranate

MADERA – The Madera Tourism Alliance of the Madera Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its second annual Madera Pomegranate Celebration week Oct. 27 through Nov. 4.

The event will include recipe contests, golf and softball tournaments, a two-day festival and more.

Madera is developing a reputation as the “Heart of Pomegranate Country,” according to Jarrod Lyman, chairman of the Madera Tourism Alliance.“Madera is an important hub of the county’s pomegranate industry. What isn’t grown in Madera and surrounding Madera County comes here for processing,” he said.

The week-long celebration kicks off with the “Run For Your Heart” 5K on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Home Grown Cellars, a pomegranate farm and country store.

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, judges will decide the winner of the Stieb’s Recipe Contest. Entries from home cooks, professional chefs and recipes for beverages will be sampled at The Vineyard Restaurant.

San Joaquin Wine Company will host a dinner at Flemming’s in Fresno on Friday, Nov. 2, where they will be sampling their “Sinful Pomegranate Sangria.”

The Madera Parks and Community Services Department will host a softball tournament Nov. 3-4.

The 2012 Pomegranate Festival will cap the week-long celebration on Nov. 3-4 at the Madera Municipal Airport.

“We were ecstatic with how well the first year’s event went, and were pleasantly surprised that we already outgrew our first venue. The airport will allow us plenty of space for vendors, music, and of course, the pomegranate grenade launch,” said KC Pomering.

The festival features scores of vendors showcasing all things pomegranate, from jellies to books, art and even pomegranate trees.

To learn more about the Celebration Week, or the Festival, visit www.PomegranateFestival.com or www.facebook.com/pomegranatefestival.

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