MADERA - Over 10,000 people made their way to the Madera Fair Grounds Saturday for the annual Madera Pomegranate Festival. The FREE festival which has been held at the Madera Airport for the last few years moved to the fairgrounds to meet the need for more space as the event has grown bigger and better every year.
This years event had twice as many booth spaces and twice as many food vendors as in years past. The worry of food vendors being able to compete and make enough money were soon dismissed after the gates were open. Debi Bray of the Madera Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the event, says that this year vendors set records on sales with nearly all selling out of the products by the end of the day.
Those products ranged from food items to wine to t-shirts with a pomegranate theme. Even truck loads of pomegranate fruit were being sold at the event by several local farmers. Did we mention the fabulous event t-shirts and drink cups?
Each food vendor needed to create at least one dish that featured the ancient fruit and food demonstrations went on all day long by local restaurants and chef's. If you went to this event and left hungry that was your own fault.
Bray thinks the Madera Fair will be the last move for the festival as the grounds offer more than enough space for future growth. Next years festival will again take place on the first weekend of November 2017.