Special Sections : Best of Tehachapi 2012

Tuesday, Nov 20 2012 12:00 AM

Best Local Event

Tehachapi Mountain Festival®
Tehachapi Mountain Festival, sponsored by the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce, has been providing quality family entertainment for the community for 49 years, traditionally held on the third weekend in August, it's the largest family event within the community and includes fun for the entire family. The festival includes an Arts and Crafts Show, Food, Entertainment, Carnival, 5K & 10K run, Mountain Festival Parade, Car Show, PRCA Rodeo, Pet Parade, Gem & Mineral Show, VFW Dinner and Dance, Pancake Breakfast and much more. An estimated 30,000 - 40,000 attend, with the attendance growing each year.  get out of the heat and join us for some good family fun.


Relay for Life
Held on the Saturday of each July, Tehachapi’s Relay for Life is one of the community’s best supported events, raising funds for the American Cancer Society. The 2013 will be the 10th annual and well over a million dollars has been raised, along with providing cancer education and giving local people a chance to participate in important studies.  Tehachapi’s Relay for Life has been honored by the American Cancer Society, and it’s not too early to start getting a team ready for 2013! Thank you, Tehachapi, for your ongoing support for this important work. Watch for new of how you can get involved to make Tehachapi’s 10th annual Relay for Life the best ever.

Tehachapi Food & Wine Festival
With a mere 250 guests, the Tehachapi Food and Wine Festival had a humble start in 2007 as the Taste of Tehachapi. Created by Anthony McDemas in collaboration with the City of Tehachapi and Main Street Tehachapi, the festival was part of the city’s Independence Day festivities.The festival quickly grew and in it’s third year was moved to it’s own date on the first Saturday of August where it has been ever since. The festival has grown to attract several thousand people from the Bakersfield area, the Antelope Valley and is now a regional draw. Originally just eight restaurant and one winery the festival now offers fare from more than 25 restaurants and 25 wineries. A myriad of activities are now part of the festival from a fine arts gallery featuring local artists, to a "Farm to Fork" Chef Demonstration which combine fresh local  produce being prepared on stage by celebrity chefs from Southern California. A "Man-Cave" offers port wine and a cigar lounge, and with three venues of music, entertainment abounds. Next year’s festival on Saturday, August 3, 2013, will offer new surprises which will add to the many attractions. The Tehachapi Food & Wine Festival also spawned an entire weekend of fun dubbed the "Discover Tehachapi Weekend" which features the Tehachapi Poker Trail that helps locals and visitors weave their way through venues ranging from Mountain Valley Gliderport to Souza Family Vineyard. The Tehachapi Food and Wine Festival is proud to include numerous non-profit and community organizations from the Kiwanis to the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council.

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