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Tastes of the Valley

By Noel Daniel

“Come Grow with Us” as the Stanislaus State Agriculture Department and Friends of the Fair Foundation present the 15th Annual Tastes of the Valley Wine and Cheese event at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds.

The Tastes of the Valley event will be held on Oct. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. with food provided by Hilmar Cheese, as well as a variety of other food vendors and restaurants. The event will also include 20 wineries, and an assortment of craft brews that will be provided for tasting. Tickets to the event are being sold for $50 each, with the proceeds benefiting the Agriculture Studies Program at Stanislaus State and the Stanislaus County Friends of the Fair Foundation.

“The Friends of the Stanislaus County Fair Foundation continues to promote education and agriculture throughout our community. Our relationship with California State University, Stanislaus is another example of our accomplishments,” said Matt Cranford, Chief Executive Officer for the Stanislaus County Fair. “Education, leadership, and community involvement from these students continue to promote our area and the agriculture within. We are excited and proud to be a partner of such a great program here in Stanislaus County.”

Guests will be able to enjoy wine, cheese, and hors d’oeuvres while participating in a silent and live auction in order to help raise funds for the programs. Those interested in donating items for the auctions or would like to purchase tickets, please visit the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds located at 900 N. Broadway in Turlock.

“Stanislaus State Agriculture is proud to partner once again with the Stanislaus County Friends of the Fair Foundation,” said Dr. Oluwarotimi Odeh, Professor and Endowed Chair of the Stanislaus State Agriculture Program. “We see this continuing partnership as one that will not only solidify future funding support for our agriculture students, but continue to be a lasting relationship that will support youth and agriculture activities. What a great opportunity to come together to benefit two important organizations that support Stanislaus County Agriculture.”

The mission of the Agricultural Studies Program is to provide students with an understanding of basic principles governing the production and distribution of agricultural resources; agricultural and environmental resource management; pre- and post- production business and marketing practices; physical, chemical, and biological principles of agro ecosystems; global perspectives on food issues; restorative and sustainable agricultural practices; spatial and quantitative techniques; the social context of agricultural production; and public policy, regulatory, and land use issues.


The mission of the Stanislaus County Fair is to provide a family—and community—oriented experience promoting agriculture, entertainment, and technology.  For more information about the Stanislaus County Fair, visit the website at www.stancofair.com.

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