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The Lemon Festival In Chula Vista

Lemon Festival Chula VistaThe South Bay has its bevy of annual festivals. Probably the most well known is the Lemon Festival when Third Avenue shuts down and street vendors come out to show off their food and other wares.

During about the early 1900s, Chula Vista was known as the lemon capital of the world. A mostly agricultural town, these suburban streets used to be covered with lemon groves.

Nowadays, those lemons are being replaced by beer. A craft beer garden at the Lemon festival featured two of my favorites: Bay Bridge Brewing and Novo Brazil.

Craft Beer Garden

The stages, of course, hosted several lemon-themed delights: a lemon pie eating contest, a lemon peel contest (where people could see how fast they could peel the rind off a lemon), and the largest lemon contest.


Lemon History

Local Chula Vistans, Peter Watry, has written the most comprehensive book about Chula Vista lemons called The Lemon Industry of Chula Vista 1890-1960. You can read excerpts at the South Bay Historical Society website.


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2 Responses to The Lemon Festival In Chula Vista

  1. Gil August 4, 2015 at 9:03 PM #

    You’ll have to introduce them to: Limoncello!

  2. bzzaragoza August 4, 2015 at 10:11 PM #

    Lol! I hadn’t thought of that!

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