The San Dieguito Heritage Museum celebrates ‘All Things Growing…Our Agriculture Heritage’ with the 6th Annual Battle of the Lima and Other Beans Cook Off on Saturday, September 27. Local chefs, both amateur and professional, can use any dry bean to create their astoundingly creative dishes. Prizes will be awarded to the top dishes served. Last year, hundreds of locals experienced and enjoyed the Lima Bean Faire, so come early to be sure you get to taste all the entries!
The San Dieguito Heritage Museum brings to life the history of the entire North San Diego County area covered by the original Spanish land grant, collecting, preserving and interpreting the local history of Encinitas, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe. A first this year will be walk-through tours of the Teten House, the earliest farmhouse in Olivenhain, which has been relocated onto the Museum grounds. The Teten House is currently under extensive renovation, so you’ll get an early peek at what we believe will be one of our most noteworthy exhibits.
For the kids, there will be a Petting Zoo from the Olivenhain 4-H Club and other activities, plus a large Plant and Flower Silent Auction for gardeners, and enough baked goods to make your sweet tooth smile. Of course, admission to all the Museum buildings is free.
The Heritage Museum is looking for Creative Cooks to compete in this year’s event. Their challenge: make a bean dish that is so good that bean lovers will swoon, and bean haters will be forced to admit to liking them. There are five categories: Soup/Entrée, Salad, Side, Appetizer and Dessert. A previous winner was a chocolate lima cake, so be creative, think outside the bean pod! Remember, the beans have to taste better than when your Mother made them! To participate as a chef in either the amateur or professional divisions, please register at www.sdheritage.org or call 760-632-9711 with questions. You will be vying with other chefs in your division for cash prizes and the coveted Lima Bean Trophy! The battle is on -- the Lima Bean against all the other dry beans.
This traditional annual fall event is free. Pre-event tickets to sample all of the Bean Cook-off entries, plus salads, are $15.00 for adults and $5 for children under 12, available by calling the museum or through the website. On the day of the event, tickets are $20.00 for adults at the door. Music, hot dogs, a beer booth, plus lots more, make for a full afternoon of fun for the whole family. Event hours are noon to 4 pm, with food served from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at 3:00 p.m. The San Dieguito Heritage Museum is located at 450 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. More information can be found at www.sdheritage.org or by calling 760-632-9711.
Residents visiting the San Dieguito Heritage Museum take a trip back in time. Around 25 Model Ts at the museum on July 14 made the experience that much more authentic.
The Model T Club of America stopped at the museum as part of a five-day tour across San Diego. For two hours, the vintage car owners showed off their rides, dating back to 1908 to 1927. And they answered questions from residents. Local resident Warren Raps, who restored a 1917 model T that can be found at the museum, helped arrange for the cars to visit the museum.
Raps has been enamored with the vehicles since he was a youngster. “When I was 6, I went with my dad to look at a farm he was interested in buying,” Raps said. “In the barn was a 26-foot touring Model T with the top up. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.”
Raps, who belongs to the Model T Club of America and Hidden Valley Model T Club, said the vehicles have a special place in American history. “That was the first car to put America on wheels,” he said. “Comparatively, they were cheap.”
Driving them isn’t easy, because of the odd position of the throttle, brake and shifter. “It took me about six months to get the hang of,” Raps said. “It’s fun, though.”
Tony Bowker, treasurer and past president of the San Diego Chapter of the Model T Club of America, said he enjoys the camaraderie of the events. “People in general in the club are real nice,” said Bowker, adding that the Model Ts frequently break down, so “we’re always willing to lend each other a hand.”