Warner Robins — and Houston County — is a great place to land for affordable things to do with your family that include festivals, events, activities, dining, hotels and more.
Year-round listings of the latest happenings and entertainment are online or in printed materials available at the two Convention Visitor Bureaus in the north and south ends of the county.
Resolve in 2014 to become familiar with all that there is to do here locally and support it. Youll find car shows, food festivals, rodeos, museums, fishing, golf, sports of all kinds for all ages, small specialty group events, planes and trains shows, farmers markets, fine arts and crafts shows, live entertainment, flower shows, ballet and even an ol time jamboree thats been going on for decades.
Check out www.warnerrobinsvisitorscenter.com or call 478-922-5100 in Warner Robins, or go to www.perryga.com or call 478-988-8000 in Perry to tap in to the resources available to keep you informed and up to date. And call those phone numbers to add your event to the newsletters and websites.
Be a tourist in your own hometown this year and spread the word about what a superior Museum of Aviation, fairground facility, house museum and so much more there is to share with your children as they grow up in this unique community.
So with that in mind, your community International City Farmers Market is back into full swing each Thursday from 1 p.m. to dusk at the corner of Watson Boulevard and Maple Street at Perkins Field.
The market is a great resource for seasonal produce; pasture raised beef, chicken and pork; fresh eggs; honey; fresh baked goods; handcrafted goods and unexpected fun. Visit www.InternationalCityFM.org for more visitor and vendor information.
And be looking for special events from the market in 2014 including cooking classes and contests and maybe even a community garden.
Ed Grisamore, Telegraph columnist and author of several books on the lives of well known personalities and legendary local establishments, such as Macons NuWay Hotdog Stand (the second oldest in the country), launches his next four-week class Writing Your Autobiography.
The course is designed to teach you how to write your personal and family memoir in a step-by-step approach to tweaking and organizing your thoughts. The series extends through January and is held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 129 S. Houston Road, Warner Robins. Cost is $75 per person or $100 for two members of the same family.
The Central Georgia Genealogical Society presents Mapping the Past during its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 14 at Flint Energies, 900 Ga. 96 in Warner Robins. The program will research using maps and land records to navigate family histories.
Guests are welcome and can learn more by calling 478-987-7260 or visiting www.cggs.org.
Marsha Priest Buzzell is executive director of the Warner Robins Convention Visitors Bureau. Contact her at 478-922-5100 or email@example.com.
Forbes’ magazine’s third annual “30 Under 30″ list highlights the movers and shakers across 15 different fields, and its top prodigies in the food, beer and wine world include three who hail from New Jersey. The list was complied by the magazine with the help of Danny Meyer, the New York restaurateur who recently brought the Shake Shack to Paramus, Lee Schrager, who runs the South Beach and New York Wine Food festivals, and Chez Panisse owner Alice Waters, who grew up in, yep, you guessed it, New Jersey.
• Alex Pemoulie, 29, is the co-owner of the critically-acclaimed seasonal American restaurant Thirty Acres in Jersey City with her chef husband, Kevin (he’s originally from Cranford), and during the day, she is the director of finance at David Chang’s Momofuku empire.
• The son of the owner of a Neptune-based moving company, Adam Lowy, 28, founded Move for Hunger, which organizes other moving companies to collect the unopened, nonperishable food homeowners are happy to leave behind and deliver them to food banks. It has moved over 2.4 million pounds of food since 2009, enough to feed 2 million.
• Jeffrey Yoskowitz, who grew up in Basking Ridge and attended the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union in West Orange, now Golda Och Academy, is now based in Brooklyn, where he and business partner Elizabeth Alpern founded The Gefilteria, which sells gefilte fish, pickles, horseradish and other Eastern European Jewish staples.
For a full list, click here.
Clear Channel Media and
Entertainment, formerly known as Clear Channel Radio, is staying abreast of the electronic music trend through a partnership with SFX Entertainment, which produces live events and digital content
catering to electronic music fans.
The partners will collaborate on three projects targeting the electronic music audience. The first is a national DJ-producer contest, which will air
live on certain Clear Channel stations, as well as on Evolution, iHeartRadio’s hub for dance music.
The second is a weekly Top 20 Countdown for electronic music, drawing on popular
content SFX’s online Beatport platform and airing on Clear Channel stations nationwide, including Z100-WHTZ FM in New York, KIIS-FM in Los Angeles and 103.5 KISS-FM/WKSC in Chicago, among
others. The third collaboration is an original live event series culminating in a national electronic music program around Halloween 2014.
Clear Channel has been bolstering its
capabilities for live events and associated experiential marketing opportunities, most prominently with its annual iHeartRadio Music Festival, which in 2013 featured experiential marketing
integrations from various brands, including 20th Century Fox, Anheuser Busch, Unilever, Macy’s, Smirnoff, Pepsi, State Farm, and MasterCard.
In October, CCME created a new
content marketing business headed by Tim Spengler, previously CEO of Magna Global, charged with creating new opportunities for brand advertisers to engage the audience through entertainment content,
including live events.
Other big radio groups are also bolstering their live event operations. In December, CBS Radio named Jennifer Morelli to the position of vice president for
integrated marketing, where she will direct advertiser programs and campaigns that foster brand engagement through CBS Radio’s growing event and live experience business, including concerts,
business conferences and seminars, food festivals, sports fan experiences and special holiday programs.
We witnessed the rise of high-end veganism, macarons went mainstream, octopus became the new prawn, pop-ups replaced dinner parties, tortas replaced tacos and Korean food became the world’s most in-vogue cuisine.
So what does 2014 hold in store? Weekend food writer Andy Richardson gazes into his crystal ball to predict the top 10 food fads for the New Year:
Éclairs – cupcakes are so 2008 and macarons are so last year. But éclairs are totally on-trend. Parisian pastry chef Christophe Adam was the first to give éclairs a make-over by adding such contemporary flavours as popcorn, salted caramel and yuzu. The fat, stodgy, calorific éclair much-beloved by the high street cafés is out – the high-fashion green tea-sesame éclair is in.
3D food – in years to come, we’ll no longer be making dinner, we’ll be printing it. F1 teams routinely print new parts. Food is the next kid on the block. The new Foodini is a 3D printer that prints ravioli, makes chocolate snowmen and even creates sushi. 3D printing is tipped to do for food what email did for communication.
Seacuterie – charcuterie has become ubiquitous in recent years. Air-dried ham, bresaola, artisan salami and chorizo have replaced the pork pie and sausage roll. Such products are locally available – Maynards Farm, in Shropshire, makes a sensational chorizo, for instance. Seacuterie is next. Octopus cured in molasses, sea bass with cilantro and peppercorns and salmon pastrami are next up.
Bridgnorth is the new Ludlow – former Michelin star holder Will Holland will open his new restaurant, Will’s Place, in Bridgnorth this spring. The popular chef, a regular on the nation’s TV screens, could have a galvanising effect on the town’s food culture. Bridgnorth is ripe for development – and Will could be the man to put it on the foodie map.
Whole fish is the whole hog – forget pork. Fish is the new hog. The whole fish is returning to presentation plates. Restaurants aren’t the only ones catching on. A number of fish courses have sprung up in the past 12 months.
Real food is new fast food – if you want fast food, the answer is simple. Cut out the cooking. Bin the burgers. Ditch the dim sum. Fringe foods like vegetable juice, quinoa, seaweed, chickpeas and miso can look forward to a day in the sun as we go fresher, healthier and more cosmopolitan in 2014.
Vegetables are the new meat – no, really. They are. Last year, $26 roasted mushrooms and $30 cauliflower steaks found their way onto the menu of the poshest restaurants. Brace yourself for cucumber sorbet, barbecued vegetables, flourless beet chocolate cakes and new varieties of vegetable chips.
The end of food festivals – food festivals seem to fill every weekend of the West Midlands calendar. In 2013, their popularity peaked. Even Wolverhampton, formerly a desert for foodies, has one. The calendar is full to bursting events – we can’t take any more.
Bitter is the new sour – we’ve swooned for sour flavour in recent years. From sweets to cocktails, from entrées to mains – we’ve been all about pinching in our cheeks as though we’ve just swallowed a lemon. It’s time for bitter to step up to the plate. Bitter liquers, grassy green juices, charring and tannic teas will find their way onto the menu.
Street food is the new Michelin – And, we might add, bar snacks are the new tapas. Blistering flavours from around the globe are now available on street corners. Birmingham’s at the vanguard of this particular foodie revolution.
This year, Saarang 2014, IIT-Madras’s cultural festival, will host a unique ‘World Fest’ which will present food festivals, concerts, film exhibitions and photo galleries from over six countries.
The five-day festival that begins on January 8 will also have special shows by violinists Ganesh–Kumaresh, dancer Sonal Mansingh, music composers Salim-Sulaiman and singer Benny Dayal. A rock show will feature the Architects, a metal core band from the UK.
The event, said student organisers, will present artistes from Singapore, France, Germany, Spain and Ireland among others. The event will be a melange of cultural influences, especially of music, and will have free entry, an organiser said.
Apart from music and dance events, the cultural fest will have debates, quizzes, elocution competitions, dramatics and mono-acting events. Personalities such as Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manu Jospeh, Mahesh Dattani and Leela Samson will present lectures and demonstrations.
L.S. Ganesh, dean (students), IIT-Madras said the festival will have something for everyone. “Saarang has come a long way in the last 20 years. It has always been held in the month of January because the weather in Chennai is very pleasant then. This time, it starts as the city’s music season comes to an end.”
Prof. Ganesh also said the institute was aware of the rising footfalls at the event, and would make sure the greenery of the campus is not affected.
Ask anyone familiar with the U.S. culinary scene and they will attest: Our land is handsomely peppered with some of the nation’s best and most burgeoning talents. This made picking the 30 movers and shakers in the food and drink industry a challenging process, but it wouldn’t have been an honorable list without the help of our esteemed panel of judges:
- Lee Schrager, who runs the South Beach and New York Wine Food festivals (and also is a top executive at Southern Wine and Spirits, a dominant national wholesaler).
- Danny Meyer, who owns the Shake Shack and many of country’s finest restaurants (Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, etc.).
- Alice Waters, the legendary author and proprietor of Chez Panisse, the landmark Berkeley-based restaurant.
We received the most nominations in the food and drink category this year. A few hundred names came in via an online form and through our networks of esteemed insiders. Then, a list of 90 or so semi-finalists was compiled. From there, our team of judges and FORBES Editor Randall Lane (a certified sommelier and former Chief Restaurant Critic at Time Out NY) all sat down inside a conference room and engaged in an extensive debate over each candidate.
Our selected group of of twenty-somethings – from restaurateurs and sommeliers to entrepreneurs and small-batch food artisans – is creating a food and drink scene that’s bursting at the seams with flavor and verve. Amid America’s craft beer explosion, FORBES reckons that Meg Gill, 28, is the youngest female brewery owner in the country. Her Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing is one of the fastest-growing; it produced 15,000 barrels last year and expects to double that output this year. Revenues exceeded $10 million in 2013, and Gill plans to expand her dozen-plus offerings outside her southern California base in 2014.
Our team also made a true effort to balance different areas of the field: Emily Doubilet and Jessica Holsey are co-founders of Susty Party, a growing Brooklyn-based company that makes eco-friendly, compostable tableware while partnering with Clovernook Center to build employment opportunities for the blind. Adam Lowy’s Move For Hunger is the first and only non-profit that works with the relocation industry to support local food banks. To date, the company has moved over 2.4 million pounds of food in the U.S. (that’s enough to feed 2 million).
In the wine group, Carlton McCoy truly impressed us all. The Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) alum recently debuted a new wine tasting program in The Little Nell’s cellar, allowing hotel guests a casual apres ski tasting with a sommelier. McCoy is the second African American and one of 133 top wine professionals to have earned the title of Master Sommelier in the nation.
If this is just a taste of what America’s insatiable talents will bring in the future, I’m on board. Click here to see full coverage of the list.
(Additional list research by Jennifer Eum and Mehri Wani.)
Follow me on Twitter at @vannamle.
Eight-day Bhogali Mahotsav from today
GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – In the run up to the Magh Bihu festival, various food festivals offering ethnic delicacies are being organized in different parts of the city to cater to the people of Guwahati, who might not have access to the traditional equipment and other necessary ingredients to prepare the traditional platter of Bhogali Bihu.
A Bhogali Mahotsav and ethnic food festival is being organized from January 6 to January 13, 2014 at the Organic Hub Complex, Juripar, Sixmile at Panjabari Road in the city.
The festival is being organized by Neog Agro and Alliance Ltd, which is associated with organic cultivation and marketing for years and running the Organic Hub (organic product for mass people) for the first time in Assam with the help of Assam State Agricultural Marketing Board.
Now to promote organic product and to make people aware about the benefit of organic consumption, the festival is being conducted for the second time at the Organic Hub with all Bhogali Bihu food items, traditional foods of the State and colourful cultural programme every evening. Actors Biju Phukan, Pranjal Saikia and Nishita Goswami among others will inaugurate the food festival on January 6 at 11 am.
Another Bhogali festival is being organized at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre in Betkuchi, where a collection of ethnic food and traditional attires is attracting the visitors. Such festivals have become immensely popular in Guwahati over the years and the number of such event is getting multiplied every year. Other than offering traditional Bihu snacks, the various kinds of pitha and laru, such festivals also create a rustic ambience with bonfire and barbeques, where people can enjoy the festival much like it is celebrated in the villages of the State. Other popular venues of Bhogali festival include Silphukhuri Namghar, Zoo Road Tiniali and Chandmari, among others.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the Prime Minister has declared 2014 as the ‘Year of Culture’ since culture is so prevalent in tourism offerings. The Ministry of Tourism will commence the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Promotion of Tourism Act in a national service of thanksgiving during a 9:30 a.m. Mass at Christ Church Cathedral on Tuesday, 7th January 2014.
Established by an Act of Parliament, the Promotion of Tourism Act gave birth to the modern Ministry of Tourism. The Act came into force in 1964, replacing the Tourism Development Board as the principle promotional and branding agency for The Bahamas. The Promotion of Tourism Act provided for the appointment of a Minister of Tourism, a corporate structure and a budget with the mandate to aggressively promote tourism internationally. This new strategy is credited with catapulting The Bahamas from a mere winter destination to international prominence as one of the premier year-round tourism destinations in the world.
The Bahamas achieved a celebrated milestone when tourism expenditure eclipsed the one billion dollar mark for the first time in 1986 and the country has not looked back ever since. Today, tourism accounts for more than 60% of the nation’s economy and jobs and continues to dominate the economic landscape of The Bahamas. A large part of The Bahamas’ tourism success is owed to its people and culture. Throughout the year, the people, food, festivals, dance, heritage, music, arts and crafts of The Bahamas will be showcased. The general public are invited to join the Prime Minister and his cabinet colleagues and other government officials in celebrating this golden anniversary and giving thanks to the Almighty God for his many blessings.
I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook but one good thing that happened this week was that the social media site sent me an album of my year in photos.
So I could look back at the food festivals where I’d done demonstrations, things I’d made and also at food photographs I’d posted. One of the images was of a book by May Byron simply called the Jam Book, and sent to me by Iris who listens to the Saturday Magazine on BBC Radio Ulster. It was published in 1923 but all the recipes are still pertinent now and I used the one for blackberry jam this year. There’s something lovely about opening a book, its pages yellow and mottled with age, and cooking something that generations of women before me have done. It made me think that while we’re evolving with the food we cook, we’re also being respectful of our shared culinary heritage as well.
I’ve been involved in the “Love Food, Hate Waste” campaign for a few years now and really it’s about looking back and applying what we did in years gone by when food was scarce and waste was not an option. Making jam is as old as history, the earliest recorded recipe dates back to 1st century Rome. But it’s something we need to start looking at again. If you buy an imported strawberry now, it will cost a fortune and taste like a soft turnip, but not in a good way! Cracking open a jam now that you made in the summer is one of life’s joys – the surge of sugary fragrance bringing back sunlit, summer memories. I bottled blackberry wine this week, that I made from the juicy berries I picked back in late September and the pride I felt of this heady, berry elixir is one you won’t get from buying a bottle of plonk.
Encouragingly, food trends in restaurants have taken a more homely turn. Sharing platters, whole roasts, and small bites are the order of the day. Snobbishness and flaffing about with lots of ingredients has generally gone out the window, thankfully, in favour of more rustic fare. The two most outstanding chefs in the media this year were the Israeli Yotam Ottolenghi and Somerset born, Tom Kerridge, both advocates for homely, no nonsense cooking, that loses nothing because of this traditional simplicity.
I’ve gone a bit retro myself this week with some recipes for curried eggs and sausage rolls, ideal for party entertaining. When I was growing up, in the eighties, my mum always did curried eggs for parties and it was my job to take out the yolk and then pipe it back in. By the time I’d dissected 40 eggs I’d lost the will to live. My recipe is more user friendly in that they’re mixed up and placed on crisp pitta and topped with smoked salmon or Parma ham. And who, apart from Rosemary Conley, doesn’t love a sausage roll? Mine have the added pleasure of chopped up duck leg and they’re accompanied by a recipe adapted from the Jam Book for spiced figs – they’re souped up versions of old classics.
Whatever you’re doing for new year have a good one and as my late Granny would have said – may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship and never in want.
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