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

Learn how Watermelon Growing got Started from Food Historian and Author Linda Civitello

Linda Civitello, author of several books on the history of food and a veteran of several appearances on National Geographic, will talk about the history of the watermelon and the roots of its popularity in Southern Italy.  She will also demonstrate recipes such as Watermelon Pudding. Linda will be available after her talk at her book table to sign and sell her books.

Author Linda Civitello

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Put a Healthy Plan Together with Patricia Greenberg, The Fitness Gourmet and Best-selling 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


Learn How to Grow a Watermelon

Don’t know how to grow a watermelon? Come learn from our gardening expert 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!