This month we had the pleasure of attending the California Protea Association's (CPA) 1st Annual Protea Festival. This special event, the first of its kind, was held at Rainbow Protea, one of the neighboring flower farms. Attendees included protea farmers from both San Diego and Riverside counties as well as floral industry friends.
Rainbow, a suburb of Fallbrook, is a natural fit for the protea festival as its roots go deep into California agriculture. Rainbow’s trademark product is the protea, but a wide variety of crops grow here too – like avocados, citrus and exotic fruits, macadamia nuts, persimmons, pomegranates, wine grapes and more. This Protea Capital of the USA is definitely the ideal location to host a field to vase event celebrating Protea and the Farmers!
It was a perfect day that turned into a perfect evening. We were surrounded by beautiful California grown flowers and people who really adore them too.
However, it wasn't just about the flowers, it was about the entire experience. Preparing a delicious meal on the farm - where food starts, in the hands of farmers.
We dined in the middle of a storage barn surrounded by protea fields, on a table that sat over 30 people. Everything about the setting was breathtaking!
It was a terrific evening filled with scrumptious food and even better conversation with friends who love farming as much as we do.
Many Thanks to Dawn Bonner and Rainbow Protea for hosting this fabulous event!