Last week, people flocked to Placer County to participate in the annual Mountain Mandarin Festival at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn.

First started 28 years ago, the three-day celebration kicks off the Placer County mandarin season and attracts up to 35,000 visitors. Folks come for the fruit samples and bags of mandarins from local growers along with jams, jellies, infused olive oils, balsamic vinegar, chocolate, grilling sauces and body care products.

BriarPatch: Orange ya glad mandarin season is here?

Mandarin and White Chocolate (no-bake) Cheesecake is a welcome seasonal alternative to pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.

BriarPatch: Orange ya glad mandarin season is here?

Try an old favorite with a sweet twist when you make Mandarin Pork Tacos.

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