Located in the northern part of San Diego County is the city of Fallbrook, also well known as the ” Avocado Capital of the World.”
The area originally produced olives as its major crop in the 1920s, but in the 40s became part of the rapidly increasing California avocado and floral industry, and since 1962 has been celebrating its popular fruit with its spectacular Avocado Festival.
Today, held each year in the spring, this modest bedroom community puts on a festival like you’ve never seen, including a giant, inflatable avocado, and hundreds of food and craft booths that line Fallbrook’s main drag.
The festival attracts thousands of people for a day of endless fun, fabulous food and live entertainment showcasing the amazing avocado.
With avocados as a primary theme, the food here is one of the most extraordinary parts of the experience. A puzzling array of avocado with dishes ranging from guacamole to avocado chips to avocado pie.
Of course, the area hosts a few other attractions for visitors and residents, and the first to come to mind is the 26-acre Live Oak County Park, one the area’s main lure that makes a great place for a picnic, or hike.
Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful parks in San Diego, and filled with shady old live oaks and bubbling streams, there is an expansive play area for the little ones, ball fields, and a volleyball court. Interpretive programs are scheduled during the year.
Another stop on your trip to Fallbrook should be to the Emerald Forest Bird Gardens.
Located on private property, this hidden gem up in the mountains is the perfect sanctuary to owner Jerry Jennings and his nearly 350 feathered friends, which includes a variety of toucans and other exotic birds.
Tours are only available by calling and scheduling in advance, and the cost is $35 per person.
For art lovers, The Fallbrook Art Center is the keystone of the charming downtown district, and the Brandon Gallery is the feature. It is the oldest co-op art gallery in Southern California and offers an assortment of artistic works created by local and regional artists in various media, styles, and genres.
One way to truly enjoy the area’s art district is by participating in the Wine and A Bite “Art Walk”, where art admirers can stroll the historic downtown district while enjoying local wines, gourmet food, and a unique art experience at each stop along the way.
Finally, with its moderate year-round climate, rolling hills and abundant views, Fallbrook is a golfer’s paradise.
There are four options in Fallbrook and the surrounding neighborhoods of Bonsall and Rainbow, and all offer full golf courses sanctioned by the USGA and the SCGA and include practice facilities among their amenities.
Greater Fallbrook’s Pala Mesa Golf Resort provides the area’s best setting for enjoying a day on the links, and when it’s over, golfers can dine with a view overlooking the 1st tee.
There is both indoor and the preferable outdoor seating that provides stunning waterfall views while sitting near a soothing fire.
The Fallbrook Avocado festival is a fun family event. Plan on arriving early, this place gets crowded with over 50,000 visitors. Enjoy Arts & Crafts • Farmer’s Market Food Courts • Refreshment Gardens Live Entertainment • Guacamole Contests Children’s Activities
Contests scheduled for the Avocado Festival include the biggest avocado, best-decorated avocado, and the avocado 500 race. In the refreshment, garden entertainment will be provided by Blue Zone and Mistress of Midlife Crisis bands.
The Avocado Festival is a celebration of Fallbrook’s heritage as an agricultural community and is most visible at the Fallbrook Historical Museum and the Gem & Mineral Museum. Visitors can take a tour of the Del Rey Avocado Packing House and view miles of Avocado Groves while on route to the festival.
Fallbrook is located less than one hour from anywhere in San Diego, and about an hour and a half from Orange County. Fallbrook is an easy day trip from both San Diego and Los Angeles.
If you should you decide to spend the night in the area, there are plenty of hotels with some of the best deals found in nearby Temecula.