The Lima Bean Festival

The Great Lima Bean Cook-off

I lived many years in Montreal, Canada and it seemed that every weekend there was some type of “Festival”, or reason to have a Party! Most notable would be The International Jazz Festival and Juste Pour Rire (Just for Laughs) Comedy Festival. I stumbled upon a very unique site in Encinitas, Calfornia in search of a Model Shoot. I found this vintage Lima Bean Harvester and upon further investigation, this is the site of th famous Lima Bean Festival! I guess a Lima Bean is a good excuse for a Party as well!

The City of Encinitas 25th Anniversary Celebration is being held at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum. Event festivities include live performances, exhibits, food, prizes and more. This year’s event theme is in line with the City’s General Plan theme of “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” The San Dieguito Heritage Museum is providing displays depicting the “yesterday” of Encinitas. Many cultural and community groups are showcasing the best of what Encinitas offers “today,” and an area displaying future City projects.

In conjunction with the City of Encinitas’ 25th Anniversary Party, the San Dieguito Heritage Museum is presenting its 3rd annual Lima Bean Cook-off. The event is free. There is live entertainment noon to 4pm. Both amateur and professional cooks compete to create the tastiest Lima Bean appetizer, soup, salad or main dish, and there is a separate category for ‘anything else’! Lima beans will be provided by the Lima Bean Council of California. There are prizes for all the winning entries.

The San Dieguito Heritage Museum is located at 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. For more information call the Heritage Museum at (760) 632-9711 or visit or


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