Food & Drink

Taste of Merced County: Chicken on the menu

Carol Reiter

The Rose of Sharon Church will be selling dinner plates including chicken with carne asada, rice, beans and salad from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 717 T St.

For more information, call (209) 631-1374.


Planes and food

Castle Air Museum will hold its third annual Plane Crazy Dinner-Dance fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. July 26 at 5050 Santa Fe Drive in Atwater.

The Black Velvet Band will play live and there will be both silent and live auctions. Red, white and blue attire is optional.

Tickets are $35 per person or a table of eight for $300 for a chicken or tri-tip dinner.

For more information, call (209) 723-2178.


Breakfast for a cause

The Merced Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4327 serves breakfast on the third Saturday of each month in the east wing of the Veterans Memorial Building, 939 W. Main St.

Scrambled eggs, pancakes and sausage with coffee and orange juice are served from 8 to 11 a.m.

Tickets are $5. For more information, call (209) 722-0940.


Pancakes each month

The La Grange Rebekah Lodge No. 323 hosts a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. on the third Sunday of each month at the La Grange IOOF Hall, Yosemite Avenue (Main Street).

Biscuits and gravy, cheese omelets and fresh fruit plus drinks will be served. Biscuits are baked at 6 a.m., so come early. No item costs more than $4, and the proceeds support the local elementary school.

For more information, call (209) 853-2101 or e-mail


Barbecue competition

John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation in Mariposa will host its second annual Blazin' Hog BBQ Competition and Zydeco Music Festival on Sept. 20 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds.

Barbecue contestants will compete for $500 cash prizes, and there will be arts and crafts vendors and children's activities planned. Cost is $10, $7.50 for senior groups, $5 for students (12-17) and under 12 is free.

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Farmers market booklets

The Merced County Area Agency on Aging has received farmers market coupon booklets for low income senior citizens.

The coupons booklets are worth $20 and will be distributed to seniors on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call (209) 385-7550.


Enjoy farmers markets

The Central Valley Farmer's Market is open year-round, rain or shine, every Saturday at the Merced Flea Market at G Street and Childs Avenue and on Thursdays and on Sundays at the Atwater Flea Market, 2877 Atwater Blvd.

Both markets are open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and accept food stamps.


Downtown market

Merced Farmers Market still happens every Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to noon on the corner of 19th and N streets and each Wednesday from 7 a.m. to noon in the Promenade Shopping Center at Yosemite Avenue and Paulson Street. Come out and get fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and eggs.

If you'd like to submit information for Taste of Merced County e-mail Carol Reiter at or send a fax to (209) 385-2460.