• Harvest Dinner February 26, 2015
  • Celebrity Chef Hosea Rosenberg (Top Chef winner) - live cooking demos both days
  • Vegetable carving by Chef Ray Duey
  • Tanimura & Antle 'Toss It Up' Salad Bar
  • Recipe Box tasting event featuring homegrown Yuma restaurants - Saturday only,
    1p.m.- 3p.m.
  • Beer Garden
  • J.V. Smith 'Chop-Chop Challenge' cooking contests
  • Dole's Kids AG-tivities
  • Free farm animal petting zoo

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Schedule of Events - Feb. 28 & March 1, 2015

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It's that time - lots of things are 'in the works' and we're still locking in entertainment
so keep checking back here for updates and more activities and events!

Note, we strive for accuracy, but ‘stuff happens’ and this schedule is subject to change or correction

For the health and safety of all guests, the following are NOT ALLOWED on festival grounds:
No weapons, no pets, no coolers or outside food or drink including alcohol,
no smoking including e-cigarettes

General information

General hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5 per day for those 13 and older (12 and younger free) and can be purchased at the gate both days.

Parking is free, a free mini-train will run between the far reaches of the parking lot and the main entrance into the festival grounds.

The first 1,000 guests each day receive a free Yuma Lettuce Days reusable tote, sponsored by Fisher Automotive.

In addition to the events and features listed below, you can explore vendors and exhibitors, the Farmers Market, Dole’s Kids Ag-tivities area, Tanimura & Antle’s Pot-A-Plant booth, the Salsa Cantina, and food & beverage vendors plus a beer and wine garden. The Saddles of Joy Petting Farm (sponsored by Tractor Supply) is free; they will also offer horse or pony rides for $2.

Live entertainment will be offered all day both Saturday and Sunday on the main entertainment stage and a new family entertainment stage.  Cooking demonstrations and contests take place on the cooking stage.

In the University of Arizona demonstration area immediately adjacent to the main festival grounds, there are six different areas where there will be equipment and presentations on irrigation, lettuce growing and management, automated thinning technologies, ag equipment and implements, fresh produce safety, fertilizer management and a “spinach trial” planting area with more than 80 varieties of spinach growing. Presentation times are noted in the schedule below, but equipment and personnel will be on site all day.

$5 tours of Yuma Agricultural Center will be offered both days by the University of Arizona faculty and staff. These tours of the 250-acre research farm will be on an open-air “YACmobile” vehicle and will highlight special aspects of the farm.  The schedule for YAC tours is:

  • Saturday - 10 a.m., 12 noon and 2 p.m.
  • Sunday – 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Because there are only so many seats on the YACmobile, you must get a tour ticket prior to boarding. Tickets are good for the time printed on the ticket only. The YACmobile board near the cooking stage (see map).  YAC tour tickets are available only to Lettuce Days ticket holders (i.e. you must buy a event ticket to purchase a tour ticket).

Pump It Up! Stations, sponsored by Chicago Title, 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 Pump It Up sheet available at festival headquarters. When you’ve done ’em all, bring your sheet back to headquarters to get a prize

** BIG thanks to Regional Center for Border Health for sponsoring a field trip Friday, Feb. 27, that will give Yuma area school kids a behind-the-scenes look at Lettuce Days and Yuma agriculture! **
 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28
General hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
$5 Yuma Agricultural Center tours at 10 a.m., 12 noon and 2 p.m.

All Day - Chef Ray Duey, demonstrates 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.

All Day – Fresh produce safety in the UA Demo Area – Learn the latest information about fresh produce safety and animal intrusion from Dr. Paula Kahn and Riva Deneira

9 a.m. / UA Demo area

  • Fertilizer Management -Dr. Mark Siemens will showcase new fertilizer application technologies, state-of-the-art methods and techniques for fertilizer application
  • Ag Equipment and Implements -Watch how various equipment and implements such as drip tape installers, plastic mulch applicators, seed planters, transplanters, and cultivators are used in the field

9-11 a.m. / Entertainment Stage
Bourbon Street Trio provides lively musical entertainment for all ages

9:15 a.m. / Family Stage
The Original Connors kick off the day with some classic rock and roll covers

9:30 a.m. / Cooking Stage
Live demonstration by Chef Rashiek Ashford of the Hilton Garden Inn’s Great American Grill

10 a.m. / Cooking stage
JV Smith Chop-Chop Challenge
– Student competition, with teams from Yuma, Kofa, Cibola & Gila Ridge
Contestants will be presented with identical mystery baskets of ingredients and must prepare a dish in a set amount of time using everything in their baskets, with the results to be tasted and rated by a panel of judges. 

10 a.m. / UA Demo Area

  • Lettuce Culture - Learn how the vegetable industry grows and manages field crops, including thinning, cultivation, harvesting and weeding
  • Spinach Trial -Get a guided walk through one of the largest field test planting of spinach varieties

10:15 a.m. / Family Stage
Jazzercise of Yuma will take the stage and help you work up an appetite for lunch

11 a.m. / Cooking Stage
Chef demo – Hosea Rosenberg
Rosenberg, the winner of Bravo’s "Top Chef" competition in season five, just last fall opened his new Blackbelly Market in Boulder, Colo. Originally from Taos, N.M., Rosenberg realized he wanted to become a chef while studying to be an astronomer.  After graduating from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in engineering physics, he worked his way up through a variety of professional kitchens, landing his first chef position in 2001. In addition to his Top Chef accolades, he’s been named Best Chef of the Denver International Wine Festival, guest chef at the James Beard House, and seven-time, undefeated winner of the Flatiron Chef Competition. 

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 Yuma Valley Achievers 4H. Purchasers of salad also receive a coupon for a free product sample of T & A Artisan Sweet Red Onions

11 a.m. / UA Demo Area
Irrigation -Join Dr. Kurt Nolte as he demonstrates how the fresh vegetable industry maximizes irrigation efficiency in commercial productions, including fusion, siphon tube, gated pipe and drip

11:15 / Family Stage
Young Alyse Negroni is a singer sure to amaze with her high-energy performance

11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. / Entertainment Stage
Common Ground with Wendy Lobeck-McKay takes the stage to rock you into the afternoon

12 noon / Cooking Stage
Live demonstration by Veronica Ochoa of Yuma's own Edible Arrangements shows you how to turn ordinary fruit into giftworthy treats

12 noon / UA Demo Area
Automated thinning machine – See an up-closed demonstration of one of the latest forms of ag technology – an automated thinning machine demonstrated by Dr. Mark Siemens

12:15 p.m. / Family Stage
All-City Jazz Band swings things into the afternoon 

12:30 p.m. / Cooking stage
Live cooking demonstration by the chef from Market Grill Steak and Seafood at Radisson Yuma

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

1 p.m. / UA Demo Area

  • Fertilizer Management – see description above
  • Spinach Trial -– see description above

1:15 p.m. / Family Stage
Jawhara Belly Dance Troupe swivels their way into your hearts with some fantastic dance moves

1-3 p.m / UA Greenhouses (past handicapped parking, look for signs)
Yuma’s Recipe Box tasting event
An array of local restaurants offer up their favorite tasty treats, plus adult beverages for those 21 and older and live entertainment by Yuma’s String Ambassadors. Tickets for this adults-only event are $10 and are available at the Visitor 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!

2 p.m. / Cooking stage
Chef demo – Hosea Rosenberg
Rosenberg, the winner of Bravo’s "Top Chef" competition in season five, just last month opened his new Blackbelly Market in Boulder, Colo. Originally from Taos, N.M., Rosenberg realized he wanted to become a chef while studying to be an astronomer.  After graduating from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in engineering physics, he worked his way up through a variety of professional kitchens, landing his first chef position in 2001. In addition to his Top Chef accolades, he’s been named Best Chef of the Denver International Wine Festival, guest chef at the James Beard House, and seven-time, undefeated winner of the Flatiron Chef Competition.  

2 p.m. / UA Demo Area
Irrigation presentation – see description above

2:15 p.m. / Family Stage
Enjoy singer Destiny Istre, the third-place winner of the 2014 Yuma Star competition

2:30-4:30 p.m. / Entertainment Stage
Alien vs. Predator is a duo that will keep your energy high and your heels kickin' 

3 p.m. / UA Demo Area
Ag Equipment and Implements – see description above

3:15 p.m. / Family Stage
The JOY (Jazz of Yuma) group from Dawn’s Dance Studio dazzles with some dance numbers

3:30 p.m. / Cooking stage
Hops Harmony Beer Pairing Demonstration by Chef Alex Trujillo and Romer Beverages
– If you think choosing food to accompany beer starts and ends in the chips aisle, think again! Chef Alex will offer tantalizing matches that make the most of both.

4 p.m. / UA Demo Area

  • Lettuce Culture – see description above
  • Spinach Trial – see description above

4:15 p.m. / Family Stage
Clinton Blanco, the second-place winner of the 2014 Yuma Star competition wows with his vocal stylings

5 p.m.
Festival grounds close for the day

SUNDAY, MARCH 1
General hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
$5 Yuma Agricultural Center tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

All Day - Chef Ray Duey demonstrates at his exhibit booth
(see description in Saturday schedule)

All Day – Fresh produce safety in the UA Demo Area – Learn the latest information about fresh produce safety and animal intrusion from Dr. Paula Kahn and Riva Deneira

10 a.m.-12 noon / Entertainment Stage
Yuma Jazz Company kicks off the day with cool, hot and mellow jazz sounds

10 a.m. / UA Demo Area

  • Fertilizer Management – see description in Saturday schedule
  • Spinach Trial -– see description in Saturday schedule

10:15 a.m. / Family Stage
Kick off the day with the Yexalen Folkloric Dancers

11 a.m. / Cooking Stage
Chef demo – Hosea Rosenberg
- see description in Saturday schedule

11 a.m. / UA Demo Area

  • Lettuce Culture – see description in Saturday schedule
  • Ag Equipment and Implements – see description in Saturday schedule

11:15 a.m. / Family Stage
Musician Travis Seay offers acoustic entertainment for your listening pleasure

12 noon / Cooking stage
JV Smith Chop-Chop Challenge – Professional chefs’ competition
Contestants will be presented with identical mystery baskets of ingredients and must prepare a dish in a set amount of time using everything in their baskets, with the results to be tasted and rated by a panel of judges.

12 noon / UA Demo Area
Irrigation presentation – see description in Saturday schedule

12:15 p.m. / Family Stage
JAMS Dance Company entertains the crowd with lively dance numbers

12:45-2:45 p.m. / Entertainment Stage
Whitehorse Band brings old-school country to keep toes tapping into the afternoon

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

1 p.m. / Cooking stage
Hops Harmony Beer Pairing Demonstration by Chef Alex Trujillo and Romer Beverages – If you think choosing food to accompany beer starts and ends in the chips aisle, think again! Chef Alex will offer tantalizing matches that make the most of both.

1 p.m. / UA Demo Area

  • Fertilizer Management – see description in Saturday schedule
  • Automated thinning machine – 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, using tools from chain saws to hand chisels.

1:15 p.m. / Family Stage
Vocalist Christian Chavez will sing his way into your heart (and may have a surprise guest join him on stage)

2 p.m. / Cooking Stage
Chef demo – Hosea Rosenberg -(see description in Saturday schedule)

2 p.m. / UA Demo Area

  • Lettuce Culture – see description in Saturday schedule
  • Spinach Trial -– see description in Saturday schedule

2:15 p.m. / Family Stage
Taylor Biggs wraps up our afternoon with her guitar and vocal styling on some great tunes

2:30 p.m. / UA Demo Area
Ag Equipment and Implements – see description in Saturday schedule 

3 p.m. / Cooking Stage
Live cooking demonstration by the chef from Market Grill Steak and Seafood at Radisson Yuma

3 p.m. / UA Demo Area
Irrigation presentation – see description in Saturday schedule

3:30 p.m. / UA Demo Area
Spinach Trial -– see description in Saturday schedule

4 p.m.
Festival grounds close - see you next year!

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Yuma Lettuce Days
February 27 & 28, 2016
Yuma, Arizona
U of A Yuma Agricultural Center, 6485 W. 8th St.