Fresno State Farm Festival highlights students' tasty work

The Fresno BeeJuly 8, 2013 

Hearty salami, award-winning wine and rich-tasting ice cream will be among the highlights of the seventh annual Fresno State Farm Festival this Saturday.

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the college's Gibson Farm Market at 5370 N. Chestnut, just north of the Save Mart Center, will be the site of the one-day festival that features the work of students, faculty and staff of the Jordan College of Agriculture Sciences and Technology.

The students produce dozens of products, including vegetables and fruits, meat, milk, ice cream, olive oil, tree nuts and wine from Fresno State's 1,000-acre campus farm.

And every spring, people line up at dawn for the first delivery of the college's sweet corn.

On Saturday, the public will get to sample some of the food products and meet students and faculty. A wine tasting and food pairing will be held from 3 to 6 p.m for a $5 charge. The students have crafted nearly two dozen different kinds of white, red, blush and dessert wines.

Among the foods being sampled Saturday will be salami, the newest product from the college's Meat Science Department. The student-made salami comes in two tasty flavors: red wine and garlic, and the zesty Calabrese.

"It takes a long time to make, but it has become one of our best-selling meat products." said Jodi Raley, a student store manager.

Other meat products available for sample will be several of the student's specialty sausages. The students make more than a dozen flavors that range from mild to spicy.

For those who prefer something sweeter, the festival will offer samples of Fresno State's premium ice cream. The ice cream is known for its rich and interesting flavors, including cake batter confetti, raspberry cheesecake and Bulldog Tracks, a vanilla-and-chocolate-swirled concoction filled with chocolate chips and chunks of peanut butter cups.

This year, festival organizers have upped the ante for ice cream lovers with the first-ever Dog Bowl Ice Cream eating contest. The contest will pit 12 teams of four players each in a battle of who can consume 12 scoops, or 2.5 pounds of ice cream, the fastest.

The winner receives a commemorative trophy and, of course, free ice cream. To enter a team, sign up at the store before Friday.

Although the contestants will eat out of a dog bowl, spoons will be provided, Raley said.


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