• Harvest Dinner February 27, 2014
  • Celebrity Chef CJ Jacobson (Top Chef)
  • Ice carvings on Sunday
  • Vegetable carvings by Chef Ray Duey, Winner of the Food Network Challenge
  • Tanimura & Antle's "Toss it Up" Salad bar
  • Yuma's Recipe box- local restaurant tasting event (Saturday, March 1, 2014 1-4 p.m.)
  • Wine and Beer Garden
  • Cooking contests

    Info, Rules, and Entry Form:
    DOWNLOAD: PDF  |  WORD
  • Tanimura & Antle's Pot a Plant booth
  • Dole's Kids Ag-tivities

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Schedule of Events - March 1 & 2, 2014

[We strive for accuracy, but things happen and this schedule is subject to updates, corrections & changes]
LAST UPDATE 2-17-14 


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General information

General hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are $5 per day and can be purchased in advance at the Yuma's Visitor Information Center. Tickets will also be available at the gate both days. 

The first 1,000 guests to arrive each day will receive a free Yuma Lettuce Days canvas bag, sponsored by Earthbound Farms.

In addition to the features listed below, you can explore vendors and exhibitors, the Farmers Market, Dole’s Kids Ag-tivities area, farm equipment displays, food & beverage vendors including kale chips, Tanimura & Antle’s Pot-A-Plant booth, the salsa cantina, and a beer & wine garden throughout the festival.

All live entertainment takes place on the entertainment stage - up the hill on the east side of the park. The cooking demonstrations and cooking contests take place on the cooking stage under the big tent. You can download rules and entry form for the cooking contests here.

$5 "Windshield" ag tours will be offered both days. These tours are narrated by Yuma growers and will give you a look (through the window, you won't get off the bus) and lots of fresh insights about Yuma agriculture. Tickets can be purchased at the Yuma Visitor Information Center or by calling 800-293-0071. Ag tours are scheduled for:

  • Saturday - 9:30; 10:30; 11:30; 12:30; 1:30; 2:30
  • A special kids tour (adult supervision required) tour is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Sunday - 9:30; 10:30; 11:30; 12:30; 1:30

Because there are only so many seats on a bus, you must get your ag tour ticket in advance and prior to boarding. Tickets are good for the specific time printed on the ticket only. Buses board near the bridge entrance. Ag tour tickets are available only to Lettuce Days ticket holders (i.e. you must purchase a festival ticket to purchase an ag tour ticket).

Pump It Up! Stations, sponsored by YRMC Foundation, are located throughout the festival. Since it’s important to include fitness in your overall wellness program, these signs encourage you to get moving. Locate each sign, perform the activity listed, and punch/mark your Lettuce Days program. When you’ve done ’em all, show your list at the festival headquarters tent to get a veggie stress reliever ball or citrus peeler.

** 250 school kids from the Yuma area will get a behind-the-scenes look at Yuma Lettuce Days
during a field trip sponsored by Reichman Ag on Friday, February 28 **

SATURDAY, MARCH 1

General hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
$5 Windshield Ag tours are at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., with a special kids tour at 3:30 p.m.

All Day - Chef Ray Duey, sponsored by KECY-TV (FOX) will demonstrate at his exhibit booth
Back by popular demand, Chef Ray was a winner of the Food Network Challenge and always dazzles Lettuce Days crowds with his vegetable carving skills.

9:30 a.m.
Kids cooking contest sponsored by Western Growers Association
Kids ages 7-13 will compete using unique ideas to incorporate healthy ingredients into fun, tasty snacks, appetizers, salads or side dishes. The dish must include at least two locally grown products. The entries will be judged by kids of the same ages who’ll be looking for great taste, creativity and presentation, not necessarily technique. Get the rules and entry form here, 

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Veggie Chef Stephanie Green, Registered Dietician
At her booth, Chef Green will use a display of locally grown produce to talk about veggie identification and preparation, along with chef techniques and tips about how to incorporate more vegetables into family meals. She’ll also provide samples and the recipe for a quick and easy dish featuring Yuma produce (more recipes available at www.GreensCookery.com )

10 a.m.
Chef demo - Lindy Caudle
Baker Lindy Caudle, owner of Lou's Guiltless Goodies, starred in a recent Cupcake Wars episode on the Food Network. Lindy was raised on her family's farm outside of Yuma and now resides in Del Rio, Texas, with her husband and two boys. What makes Lindy's cupcakes guiltless? Well, although they taste as guilty as traditional cupcakes, Lou's cupcakes have less fat.  Lindy’s cupcakes will be the specialty dessert at the Harvest Dinner. 

10 a.m.
The Restless
(entertainment stage)

11 a.m.
Chef demo - CJ Jacobson
Chef Chris “CJ” Jacobson, executive chef at Girasol restaurant in Studio City, Calif., is our headline chef. Jacobson, a two-time "Top Chef" contestant, played professional volleyball and traveled the world discovering different types of food before becoming a chef. His menu at Girasol is a celebration of seasonal ingredients. He's worked behind the stoves at Axe, Campanile, Mercantile and restaurant Noma in Copenhagen and also as a private chef .

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
“Toss It Up” Salad bar sponsored by Tanimura & Antle
Take a trip through the salad bar for $2 per person – proceeds benefit Gila Ridge FFA.

11 a.m.
Bobby McClendon Band
(entertainment stage)
Nashville-based country star Bobby McClendon returns to his hometown with all-time favorites

12 p.m.
Chef demo - Lindy Caudle
See description above 

1 p.m.
Dole’s Kids Show
(kids’ stage next to Dole booth)
Fun show featuring characters, giveaways, food safety lessons and music

1-4 p.m
Yuma’s Recipe Box tasting event
An array of local restaurants offer up their favorite tasty treats, plus beer and wine samples and live entertainment by Yuma’s String Ambassadors. Tickets for this adult event (18 or older) are $10 and available at the Yuma’s Visitors Information Center or on site to Lettuce Days ticket holders only. This popular event that benefits Yuma school garden projects through the Western Growers Association usually sells out, so get your tickets now!

1 p.m.
Common Ground (entertainment stage) 

1 p.m.
Chef demo - Robert Gadeon, Quechan Casino Resort chef
One of the talented chefs that make The Q a culinary destination will share tips & techniques

2 p.m.
Chef demo - CJ Jacobson
(see description above)

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Bourbon Street Trio
(entertainment stage)

3 p.m.
Chef demo - Yuma public school districts (Crane and School District One)
Have you wondered how the schools meet the demands of feeding healthy meals to 19,000 children every day? School cooks will explain and prepare some local favorites.

4 p.m.
Chef demo - Brian Tolbert
Tolbert, executive chef at Pivot Point Conference Center, showcases his culinary skills preparing some favorites.

4 p.m.
Knucklebone
(entertainment stage)

5  p.m.
Park closes

SUNDAY, MARCH 2

General hours 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
$5 Windshield ag tours are at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.

All Day - Chef Ray Duey, sponsored by KECY-TV (FOX) will demonstrate at his exhibit booth
(see description in Saturday schedule)

9 a.m.
Vegetarian cooking contest
sponsored by Duda Farm Fresh Foods
It’s a proven fact that if your plate is full of deep and bright colors, you’re on the right path to a healthy diet – and Yuma celery adds a satisfying crunch. All ages are welcome to submit recipes using celery and at least one other locally grown product for a snack, appetizer, salad, entrée or side dish. Entries will be judged on the healthy products included (the more the merrier), plus taste, creativity and presentation. Get rules and entry form here.

10 a.m.
Yuma Valley Jazzercise
(entertainment stage)

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Veggie Chef Stephanie Green, Registered Dietician
(see description in Saturday schedule)

10 a.m.
Chef demo - Lindy Caudle
(see description in Saturday schedule)

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
“Toss It Up” Salad bar sponsored by Tanimura & Antle
Take a trip through the salad bar for $2 per person - benefits Yuma Valley Achievers 4-H club.

11 a.m.
Chef demo - CJ Jacobson
(see description in Saturday schedule)

11 a.m.
Downtime Band
(entertainment stage) 

12 p.m.
Chef demo - David Dobransky and Ruben Guerra, Quechan Casino Resort
Two talented chefs from The Q will share some favorites

1 p.m.
Dole’s Kids Show
(kids’ stage next to Dole booth)
(see description in Saturday schedule)

1-3 p.m.
Red-hot ice carvers
In a display that’s always a crowd favorite, a group of talented artists turn blocks of sparkling ice into banquet table masterpieces.

1 p.m.
Souper Healthy Soups cooking contest sponsored by JV Smith Companies
Soups offer great ways to get in your recommended five veggies a day. Bring your best recipe that includes at least two locally grown products. The soups will be judged on taste, creativity and presentation. Get rules and entry form here.

1 p.m.
Rebel Crush (JAM University)
(entertainment stage)

2 p.m.
Chef demo - CJ Jacobson
(see description in Saturday schedule)

3 p.m.
Park closes


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Yuma Lettuce Days
Feb. 28 & Mar. 1, 2015
Yuma, Arizona
U of A Yuma Agricultural Center, 6485 W. 8th St.