Event Overview

Main Event Information

The much-anticipated highlight of the crowd-pleasing culinary festival is BOUNTIFUL gourmet food and beverage sampling provided by more than 50 participating vendors!

In addition to the plentiful -- and delicious -- sampling, guests will also enjoy:

  • Live musical entertainment on two outdoor stages
  • Nut-inspired cooking demonstrations
  • A wonderful art show featuring talented local artists
  • Opportunity to learn about local nut farming at educational booths
  • Antique & modern agriculture equipment on special display

11th Anniversary California Nut Festival

Celebrating 11 years in the making, the 2017 California Nut Festival will focus on locally grown and produced foods and beverages from the North Valley.

Locally grown tree nuts -- almonds, walnuts, pecans and pistachios -- take center stage for this event that showcases the culinary delights while paying tribute to the region’s strong farming heritage in Butte County and also provides festival guests with an opportunity to connect with local farmers and growers.

Presented by the Butte Agriculture Foundation and sponsored by Tri Counties Bank, MeadowBrook/Discovery Homes, California Olive Ranch, Asset Management Group, C.F. Koehnen & Sons, PG&E, and Farmers' Circle members, proceeds from the annual California Nut Festival support the Patrick Ranch Museum, a newly restored mansion and working farm managed by the Far West Heritage Association. To date, more than $80,000 has been raised and donated to the historic museum!

Event at a Glance

Saturday, April 15, 2017
The historic grounds of the Patrick Ranch Museum in Chico, California.
11:00am - 4:00pm
General admission tickets to the California Nut Festival are $30 in advance (or $35 the day of the event) and can be purchased online or at any participating Tri Counties Bank locations.

Tickets for children ages 7-12 are $10 and the event is free for children six and under. Proceeds from the California Nut Festival support the historic Patrick Ranch Museum.

Ride the Festival Shuttle with local farmers as your tour guides. Board at the Chico Transit Center, W 2nd St and Salem St on the hour with the first shuttle leaving at 10:30am, returning on the half hour. Last shuttle leaves the Patrick Ranch at 4:30pm.

Ride your bike along the Midway bike path and park in our secure bike valet.

Parking is limited so please carpool.

Helpful Hints & Tips

  • Tickets are required for everyone attending the event (including any children and non-drinkers/samplers)
  • If you plan to purchase extra food and drink tickets (cost is three for $5) or buy locally-made goods from vendors, cash is preferred as some do not take credit cards and there is not an ATM on-site
  • Parking is limited please carpool
  • Avoid the parking fee by riding the convenient shuttle complete with local farmers as your guides
  • Bike riding is encouraged on the beautiful bike path that runs right by the Patrick Ranch Museum (bike valet available for secure parking)
  • No outside food or beverages, except water
  • Seating is available but you may want to bring a chair or blanket to relax and enjoy the music
  • The “rain or shine” event is primarily outdoors so be prepared and remember hats and sunscreen are encouraged
  • Children and strollers are allowed at the event but please be advised, there are no activities designed for children
  • No pets are allowed at the culinary-focused festival

Our Mission

The mission of the California Nut Festival is to connect consumers and farmers, cultivate an understanding of nut production in California and how California nuts fit into a healthy lifestyle. Proceeds are dedicated to the development of the Patrick Ranch Museum to preserve and interpret the agricultural history of the Sacramento Valley.

The Reason

Attendees have the opportunity to elevate their knowledge of culinary skills and locally grown foods, while also gaining a clearer understanding and appreciation of all that goes into producing the food they eat.

Proceeds from the California Nut Festival benefit the Patrick Ranch Museum for the purpose of preserving and interpreting the agricultural history of the Sacramento Valley, including social, cultural and economic aspects. The historic Patrick Ranch Museum was bequeathed to the Chico Museum, the predecessor to the Far West Heritage Association, in 2001. Learn more about the Patrick Ranch and their Master Plan at patrickranchmuseum.org.