The Ventura/Santa Barbara Chapter is Going Bananas

California Rare Fruit Growers Festival of Fruit 2002 Registration Information

The Ventura/Santa Barbara Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers cordially invites you to be a part of the 2002 Festival of Fruit. This year’s exciting event is to be held on August 10, 2002, in the City of Santa Barbara, California, considered by many to be the world’s Garden of Eden.

The Festival of Fruit gets rolling at 9:00 AM at Santa Barbara City College’s West Campus, the 800 block of Cliff Drive, located just one block past the school’s main entrance. Registration starts at 8:30 AM, when information on speakers and rooms will be given. Santa Barbara is known by many as the American Riviera, frequently the destination of vacationers from around the world. Its year-round Mediterranean climate boasts 300 days of sunshine on average, and fresh ocean breezes. Set on a sweeping coastline of the Pacific with the Santa Ynez mountains as a backdrop, Santa Barbara nestles like a jewel in a countryside dotted with wineries. It is also near the City of Solvang--an authentic Danish experience. With its fascinating history, unique architecture and extraordinary setting, Santa Barbara alone offers a vast array of attractions. But wait--Santa Barbara County is also brimming with attractions. Everywhere history whispers from the red-tiled roofs of fine old buildings, and natural beauty beams from the varied landscape of the area’s mountains, valleys, coastal foothills and the sea. Throughout the county, visitors can find beautiful subtropical and tropical gardens, parks, unique museums, historic buildings and a rich array of natural attractions.

This is your chance to enjoy the Festival of Fruit and have the vacation of a lifetime, but register early--make your reservations now, because summer is the area’s busiest time; accommodations may soon become scarce and hard to find. Don’t forget that you can also obtain lodging at the nearby cities of Ventura, Carpinteria, Buellton, Santa Maria and Goleta. Some hotels and motels are listed on the back of this page. Plan now to make this Festival of Fruit your annual vacation trip; spend a week or two here. The Festival of Fruit speakers on Saturday, August 10th, and the tours on August 11th will give visitors a look at many fruits grown in this area, such as papaya, banana (the Fruit of the Year--actually an herb), citrus, mango, guava, jujube, pineapple, lychee, longan, cherimoya, olive, coffee, avocado, passiflora (passionfruit), ginger and macadamia nut. There is also a wide range of deciduous fruit trees grown here.

Please be advised, you can bring friends and relatives to the Festival of Fruit. Your CRFG membership is for the member listed and spouse. All nonmembers will pay an additional ten dollars ($10), or they can put the ten dollars toward a membership of $25 for one year--but only at the time of this event. If a member brings a guest, the guest fee is the same as for members. All fees for this event are on a per-person basis.

The Registration Form is here.

Additional Information

Area Accommodations
Banana Bread Contest
Fruit-Tasting Session
Special Points of Interest

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