Category: Dining

Summer Fun Continues With Chili Cookoff and Bluegrass Fest

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 9, 2013 – The Old  Miners Association of Big Bear Lake is hosting a weekend of family-friendly activities including the Big Bear Chili Cookoff on Saturday, July 13. Sanctioned by the International Chili Society, the cookoff returns to the Bartlett Lot in the Village from 10am to 6pm. There are chili competitions in several categories, live music, vendors, and children’s activities. Adults get to have fun, too, with the crowning of Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Stuff, as well as the afternoon outhouse races.  Admission is free, and chili tasting kits are only $5. Additional food and beer will also be available. Winning chili cooks advance to the world championships held in Palm Springs in October. Prizes will also be given for Best Decorated Booth, People’s Choice, and Best First-Time Cook. For more information on participating, go to the website or call Mark “Mr. Chili” Gaines at (909) 363-6592. The Old Miners Association also hosts the Big Bear Bluegrass Festival, starting on Friday, July 12 and running through Sunday, July 14. Friday night festivities feature a number of bluegrass bands playing at local venues, many free of charge. On Saturday night, there will be a ticketed concert at Big Bear Lake’s new concert venue The Cave. There will also be a Sunday morning bluegrass brunch and paddle wheel cruise aboard Miss Liberty, bluegrass workshops, and...

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Community Gardens Project Continues Successful Lecture Series

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 2, 2013 — The Community Gardens Project is focusing their next set of educational workshops on keeping food crops healthy, and how to then store and prepare their homegrown fruits, vegetables and herbs . The workshops are FREE and open to the public at the Community Gardens on Fox Farm Road behind CVS. Participants should bring their own chair and beverage. Schedule: July 6th, 10:00 a.m. Cooking with Rhubarb—Learn a delicious and easy new recipe for turning the easy to grow rhubarb into something wonderful to eat. Presented by gardener and chef Nancy Clark. July 13th, 10:00 a.m. Heirloom Seeds—Pete Pothier shares the joys of using heirloom seeds,  where to find them, and the difference between heirloom and ordinary seeds in his presentation,  The Right Time of Year for Heirloom Seeds. July 20th, 10:00 a.m. Tired of Fighting Gophers?—Local pest control expert Mike Nolan provides some interesting ways to thwart gophers and other critters without poisons. Share your success stories with others, too. July 27th, 10:00 a.m. A Healthy Garden—You’ve planted your radishes, lettuce, and beans; now what? Learn how to care for and nurture your crops for the best harvest this summer and fall. Presented by Robbie Bos. August 3rd, 10:00 a.m. Fermenting Your Veggies—Raw food cook Rita McMillan will show you a new and delicious way to preserve your harvest into the winter...

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Fireworks Committee Promises Largest Show Ever

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 28, 2013 – Thousands of people line the shores of Big Bear Lake each year to view one of the largest and most elaborate fireworks displays put on in Southern California. This year, the annual July 4th celebration will add 10% more fireworks, including some pyrotechnics never before seen locally.  KBHR 93.3 FM will continue its long tradition of broadcasting synchronized patriotic music. The show begins at dark, usually right around nine o’clock. Fireworks are shot off from the middle of the lake from a large barge, prepared and manned by Rotarians, volunteers from throughout the region, and a crew from the largest fireworks company on the West Coast, Pyro Spectaculars. The extravaganza is once again designed by Skip Suhay, underwritten by the City of Big Bear Lake and supported with donations from many local businesses and individuals. Additional fireworks are shot off from a smaller barge on the lakefront near Marina Resort as a special treat for those at the Rotary Fireworks and Barbecue. This year’s restaurants are Barnstorm Restaurant and Red Baron Pizzeria, who will serve dinner between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.  A $25 ticket buys a steak or chicken meal and entry to the Marina viewing area for the lakefront fireworks display.  The $20 ticket buys a hamburger or hot dog meal and entry to the viewing area.  All meal tickets include salad and...

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Visionary farmer to speak at the PAC

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 17, 2013 – The Big Bear Lighthouse Project has recruited the country’s most influential farmer, Joel Salatin, to deliver the keynote address at their 2013 Community Summit. Salatin is a third generation alternative farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The family’s Polyface Farm has been featured in Smithsonian, National Geographic and Gourmet magazines, as well as countless other radio, television and print media outlets. Profiled on the “Lives of the 21st Century” series with Peter Jennings on ABC World News, his after-broadcast chat room fielded more hits than any other segment to date. It achieved iconic status as the grass farm featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma by food writer guru Michael Pollan and in the award-winning film documentary, FOOD INC. Salatin has authored eight books himself, including EVERYTHING I WANT TO DO IS ILLEGAL: War stories from the local food front and FOLKS, THIS AIN’T NORMAL: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World. Here are just a few of the guiding principles that made Polyface famous: * TRANSPARENCY: Anyone is welcome to visit the farm anytime. No trade secrets, no locked doors, every corner is camera-accessible. * GRASS-BASED: Pastured livestock and poultry, moved frequently to new “salad bars,” offer landscape healing and nutritional superiority. * INDIVIDUALITY: Providing plants and animals with a habitat that allows them to express their physiological distinctiveness is a foundation for...

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Nottinghams hosts high school fundraiser

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 21, 2013 – Nottinghams Restaurant & Bar is once again supporting Big Bear High School athletics and music programs. On Sunday, February 3, they’re hosting a Super Bowl Pool & Party Fundraiser. Contact Shelly Egerer 909 659-6646 or Rebekah Romero 909 374-2145  for more information....

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