Natural Delights, the Yuma, Ariz.-based medjool date grower, is hosting the annual Yuma Medjool Date Festival.
The Nov. 15 event includes date recipe demonstrations and contests, an art exhibition, presentations from the Bard Valley Medjool Date Growers Association, and tours of the Bard Valley date gardens and Datepac packing facility, according to a news release.
“Each year, the Bard Valley Date Growers invite the public into their ‘home’ to experience first-hand what it’s like to harvest Medjool dates,” Natural Delights director of marketing Dave Anderson said in the release.
The festival will features many opportunities for attendees to compete for prizes, including a $500 grand prize for winning the Medjool Date Recipe Contest. Local elementary school students will also compete for a class pizza party with their art submissions, and additional money from the festival will go toward a scholarship fund for local colleges.