Days of beer and sake and other shorts

Don't have a cow, come to the San Diego County Fair.

Hollandia Dairy sponsors all-new county fair exhibit

Hollandia Dairy of San Marcos has unveiled a brand new partnership with The San Diego County Fair to be the presenting sponsor of the all-new agriculture education exhibit – California Grown.

This attraction, new for 2016, is all about agriculture, one of California’s most important industries and the historical basis of county fairs. The key focus of the exhibit is education, and will showcase the past, present and future of California farming in a fun and interactive way.

san diego county fair “The San Diego County Fair is excited and honored to partner with Hollandia Dairy to present the all-new agriculture education exhibit – California Grown. Like the San Diego County Fair, Hollandia Dairy and their products are long-standing traditions steeped in the roots of this great county,” Katie Mueller, Exhibits Manager, 22nd District Agricultural Association said. “We are proud to support local agriculture through this exhibit.”

Patrick Schallberger, CEO of Hollandia Dairy, Inc. added: ”We are very fortunate to have the unique opportunity to be a presenting sponsor of the all-new agriculture education exhibit – California Grown at the San Diego County Fair. Through this exciting collaboration we hope to showcase the heritage of Hollandia Dairy, our products and generations of local agriculture that exemplifies the best practices in San Diego County.”

Don;t have a cow, come to the California Grown exhibit at the Fair.

Holland Dairy goes to the Fair.

The exhibit is housed in the former AgriFair building. It will combine some of AgriFair’s popular attractions, such as the petting zoo and the Albertsons|Vons Kids Market, with brand-new exhibits.

Hollandia Dairy is an independently, family-owned, producer, processor and distributor of fresh milk and dairy products. Operations today include a dairy farm located in San Jacinto region with over 6700 cows, and dairy production and logistics facilities in San Marcos, with distribution throughout Southern California. For more information on Hollandia Dairy and products visit

Time for beer and sake festival

Beer and sake for everybody!

Beer and sake for everybody!

The first 13 went exceedingly well, so why not do it again as in the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana 14th Annual Beer and Sake Festival. It’s all happening 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 3 at Harrah’s Resort Southern California Events Center

This unique charity tasting event features over 100 varieties of sake, local craft beers, and delicious appetizers from some of the top chefs in the San Diego region. Guests will also enjoy exciting entertainment, Cosplayer Competition, Taiko performance and a Tuna Cutting Exhibition.

Festival proceeds will support the Japan Society’s numerous educational programs and activities that build bridges between the people of Japan and the San Diego/Tijuana region, including language competitions, internships, educational exchanges, and sports exchanges. The Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana (JSSDT) is a non-profit, membership organization of individuals and corporations with a focus on tri-national relations.

Tickets are $40 for Japan Society members, $50 for non-members. VIP tickets are $80, and include private seating area, exclusive foods, a festival T-shirt and Harrah’s Resort SoCal gifts. For more information, visit

Dos Valles Garden Cub goes plant sale

Enjoying the recent Dos Valles Garden club plant sale.

Enjoying the recent Dos Valles Garden club plant sale.

Dozens of customers bought starter veggies and other greenery at the recent Dos Valles Garden Club Plant Sale.

For those who didn’t or those who want more, the next plant sale is scheduled for June 18. Money earned at the plant sales is used for community beautification programs and scholarships.

Patrons also will get to meet old friends and make new ones while shopping at the friendly neighborhood sale, an 18-year-old tradition in Valley Center.

Plant sale co-chairs Joanna Woolley and Sue Reynolds wanted to thank the many club members who make the sales possible, especially volunteers who work at the Martin Gang Ranch twice a month, potting plants.

Special appreciation goes to Lee Bathgate and Dana  Behymer, who started the sales in 1998 and still work on them; to Kathy Lee, who works as cashier; Cat and Rodney Melvin, who grow and contribute seedlings (Cat designs the colorful flyers, too); and Vickie Akiike, who donates creative succulent arrangements.

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