I know I should be telling you all how wonderful it is to live in Central California, home of the amazing, lusciously sweet California fig, but all I can think about is Fabio. Fabio Viviani, television’s favorite Italian from “Top Chef” and “Cutthroat Kitchen.” Oh, Fabio. He’ll be doing live cooking demonstrations at the 12th Annual California Fig Fest at Fresno State this Saturday, August 15 from 9am-1pm.
With over 50 vendors, fresh and dried fig sampling, gourmet foods, craft beer, wine and cheese, you can’t go wrong for $25 (purchase here). They’re expecting over 3,000 people to attend, but I think they may get more than that with Fabio there (swoon!).
Don’t you think, ladies? I mean, this is a charming, successful chef who says (in the video below) with his Italian accent, “I don’t want to be the best chef on this planet. I want to be everybody’s grandmother.” Normal guys don’t say things like that, right!? He’s talking about preserving culture and history, through food. Oh, Fabio. Let’s make pasta together.
And guess what? You can be on TV with him! Yes, you! You’re invited. He’s doing a live taping of his new TV show, “Global Bites” at Fig Fest, where he’ll be cooking and discussing the many uses of the California fig – cooked, baked, fresh or dried. Fabio has hosted some of California’s other foodie events, such as the Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend and the Pebble Beach Food and Wine event. At Fig Fest, guests will have an opportunity to be a part of a live TV audience as a production crew records Fabio’s every move.
The event will benefit Fresno State University’s Ag One Foundation and the Fresno County Sheriffs Foundation.
With the rising popularity of figs on cooking shows, famous restaurants and cookbooks, I must admit that aside from having a young celeb chef come to Fresno, I am happy to see Fig Fest continue to flourish as a foodie event that draws people from throughout the state. Buy tickets in advance here.