The Watermelon Pavilion

The Place to Go for All Things Watermelon & Culinary


Learn How to Cook with Watermelon!

Come see cooking demonstrations all weekend long with fun ideas for including watermelon in recipes as local chefs prepare scrumptious dishes. See how to prepare a watermelon, feta cheese and basil salad, or a cold watermelon summer soup with wasabi mascarpone, or our favorite, watermelon salsa with blue corn chips. Yum! The best thing is, guests will be able to sample food from all cooking demonstrations! Be sure to grab some recipe cards and informational brochures on watermelon courtesy of the National Watermelon Board.

Spicy Yellow Watermelon Salsa with Blue Corn Chips

Feta cheese and basil salad

Chef Liz Thompson


Put a Healthy Plan Together with Patricia Greenberg, The Fitness Gourmet and cookbook author

Learn about the health benefits of watermelon and how to put together a plan for a healthy lifestyle from our health and fitness expert, Patricia Greenberg. A regular on TV and radio, Patricia runs The Fitness Gourmet, a wellness consulting firm that specializes in teaching seminars nationwide. She has a special interest in enhancing the education of the public, providing accurate nutrition and health information to today’s consumer.

Author Patricia Greenberg

Scrumptious Sandwiches, Salads, and Snacks: | View on Amazon


Learn How to Grow a Watermelon

Don’t know how to grow a watermelon? Come learn from our gardening expert, Lucille Kingsford from DIY La Crescenta, and leave with a free packet of watermelon seeds! Did you know the San Fernando Valley is a great place to grow them? A century ago, the south-facing hills of the valley were planted with hundreds of acres of watermelon.

See Watermelons Turn into Art

Come see watermelons be carved live by our team of Culinary Students from The Art Institute of California and other local culinary schools. They are simply amazing!

Buy a Yellow Watermelon!!! Learn what makes it grow yellow!!

Come See our Watermelon Carvings!

CULINARY TENT SCHEDULE

SATURDAY
11:00 am Watermelon Carving Demo
12:00 pm

Candied Watermelon Bacon & Watermelon Fruit Leather

1:30 pm

Cooking Demo: Watermelon Gazpacho

3:00 pm

Cooking Demo: Spicy Watermelon Salsa with Blue Corn Chips

4:00 pm Cooking Demo: How to Cook with Watermelon Rind ( Watermelon Rind Slaw, Watermelon Stir Fry)
5:00 pm How to Grow a Watermelon – Lucille Kingsford, DIY 
6:00 pm Cooking Demo: How to Bake with Watermelon (Watermelon Rind Bread & Muffins)
7:00 pm Cooking Demo: Grilled Watermelon Jalapeno Tequila Cooler
8:00 pm “Messing Around with Watermelon in the Kitchen”
SUNDAY
11:00 am Watermelon Carving Demo
12:00 pm

Cooking Demo: Watermelon Candied Bacon & Watermelon Fruit Leather

1:30 pm

Eating watermelon for Your health and how to eat well, live well and age well with Patricia Greenberg. Patricia will prepare a watermelon recipe from her new book “Scrumptious Sandwiches, Salads and Snacks”. Book signing to follow.

3:00 pm Cooking Demo: How to Cook with Watermelon Rind ( Watermelon Rind Slaw & Stir Fry)
4:00 pm Cooking Demo: How to Make a Watermelon  Mint Lime Slush
5:00 pm How to Grow a Watermelon with Lucille Kingsford, DIY
6:00 pm Cooking Demo: Watermelon Gazpacho
7:00 pm Cooking Demo: Grilled Watermelon Jalapeno Tequila Coolers
8:00 pm

“Messing Around in the Kitchen with Watermelon”