TULARE — While checking out the latest and greatest in agricultural equipment and technology at the World Ag Expo, it was hard to avoid the smell of cinnamon sugar and fresh meat roasting on the grill.
Attendees this year ate food familiar and new, sampled local wines and watched cooking demonstrations.
The food booths are run by nonprofit organizations as fundraisers for their programs. There is an application that an organization can fill out to be considered. Once selected the applicant is put on a waitlist.
The expo does not add new food booths unless a previous organization decides to vacate its space. Once a nonprofit organization gets a food booth, it can run it every year until choosing to stop.
Last year, two organizations were offered spots – Sierra Pacific High School and Dinuba Sunrise Rotary/Dinuba Unified School District. In total, the expo has 33 food booths. Before last year, Jennifer Moisa, the organizer of food booths could not remember another time there was turnover.
Sierra Pacific High School's booth served coffee drinks, hot chocolates, cinnamon rolls and muffins. It was the only food booth with coffee as its anchor product and the only booth from Kings County.
Jim Lowe, the president of the Sierra Pacific Parent Booster Club, said the club would like to thank those who sponsored it. The proceeds go to support the school’s athletics.
Sierra Pacific asked Hanford businesses with exhibits at the expo to sponsor them, meaning the businesses would purchase pre-sale tickets for coffee to pass out at their exhibits.
Around 11:30 a.m. each day, there was a large line that would form outside of Sundale School's booth. The popular order there is the ribeye steak sandwich.
The Exchange Club of Porterville this year added the Trump Burger for $15. It included two hamburger patties, bacon, tri-tip, cheese and some vegetables.
Across from the Sierra Pacific booth was the wine and cheese tent where attendees could taste wines from three different wineries – including Farmer’s Fury in Stratford – and cheese from Fagundes Old-World Cheese in Hanford.
In the World Ag Women Pavilion, there were cooking demonstrations. Felomena Barcellos, a volunteer with the Ag Women committee, said that it was a good opportunity for people who are tired of looking at tractors to sit down, take a break and learn about something new.
The cooking demonstrations were meant to show off some of California’s agriculture and some of the restaurants in the Valley. After each demonstration, the attendees got to sample the food.