Cache Creek sponsors annual almond festival 

Cache Creek Casino Resort in the Capay Valley northwest of Sacramento is helping sponsor the annual Capay Valley Almond Festival on March 14, which has entertained visitors since 1915.

The festival originally was celebrated after the harvest, but moved to the spring in later years to dazzle visitors with tree blossoms. Almonds are grown in the Central Valley, and California is the only place on the continent where almonds are grown commercially.

The festival encourages lovers of good food to take a culinary tour of the Capay Valley and sample unique foods and wines, casino communications manager Cean Burgeson said in a statement.

The festival involves the valley towns of Esparto, Capay, Brooks, Guinda, Madison and Rumsey. Visitors can head along the state Highway 16 tour route and enjoy barbecued ribs, steak, tri-tip sandwiches, barbecued oysters, local organic produce and baked goods, or participate in wine tasting.

The Sunday event starts with a community pancake breakfast at Esparto High School, followed by a parade reigned over by the Almond queen. There will be a petting zoo in Guinda, an old engine demonstration and several musical venues that will feature rock, R&B, blues, country and jazz.

Cache Creek and its owners, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, are among the festival’s sponsors. Festival-goers who want to make a stop at Cache Creek can benefit from its “See Red, Get Green!” promotion.

The Red-Green promotion lets players have a chance at many cash prizes and food credits. Red-Green is also running for a phenomenal 68 days through April 30, said Bill Harland, vice president of table games and poker.

The Red-Green promotion includes a slew of daily prizes, from coffee and food credits to several cash prizes, from $5 to $1,000 a day. There is a $5,000 drawing on Saturdays.

Also coming up, Gladys Knight will be performing March 13 and Frank Sinatra Jr. on March 20. The Australian male review Thunder from Down Under appears April 9-10, and guitar legend Buddy Guy will appear in Club 88 at Cache Creek on April 24.

Travel tip: This is probably the closest Nevada-style casino to San Francisco, a surprisingly easy highway drive on Interstate 80 toward Sacramento, then north on Interstate 505 to Highway 16 west.

Cache Creek Casino Resort

Where: 14455 Highway 16, Brooks
Phone: (800) 452-8181
On the Web:
Slots: 2,400
Tables: 122, plus a 14-table poker room
Extras: 200-room hotel room, 18-hole championship golf course, spa, 700-seat entertainment theater

Capay Valley Almond Festival

Esparto Regional Chamber of Commerce
On the Web:
Phone: (530) 787-3242

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