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  • Celebrate Farming and Agriculture in Tulare, California

    From the upcoming California Antique Farm Equipment Show (April 19-21, 2024) and next year's famous World Ag Expo (February 2025), to family-friendly attractions and activities, this episode of Big Blend Radio Celebrates Farming and Agriculture in Tulare, California. FEATURED GUESTS: - Donnette Silva Carter, CEO of the Tulare Chamber of Commerce. Visit: Megan Lausten from the International Agri-Center. Visit: is a gateway city to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. The city thrives on agricultural, and is internationally known for the Annual World Ag Expo which is held at the International Agri-Center which also features unique event spaces, and the AgVentures Learning Center for Kids and Ag Museum. Tulare has a charming historic downtown district with a beautiful series of murals, and is also home to the Tulare Outlet Shopping Center, and Tulare Historic Museum. 

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  • A Taste of Sophistication with Dancin Vineyards in Oregon's Rogue Valley

    This episode of Big Blend Radio with travel writer Linda Kissam, "Food Wine & Shopping Diva," embarks on a journey through the exquisite offerings of DANCIN Vineyards. Join us as we delve into the world of their elegant Barbera, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay wines with winemaker Chris Jiron. Nestled in the scenic Rogue Valley of Oregon, DANCIN Vineyards has distinguished itself for producing wines of exceptional quality capturing the essence of the region’s terroir and the dedication of the winemaking craft. Learn more by reading Linda's winetasting article: visit DANCIN Vineyards online at Kissam appears on Big Blend Radio every first Saturday. Follow her podcasts here: Diva Linda's adventures here:
  • Peggy Fiandaca - Spring Flings with Wine

    From National Jelly Bean Day to International Viognier Day and Earth Day, it's all about Spring Flings with Wine on this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Wine Time with Peggy" podcast. Hear about spring in the LVD Winery vineyard, Peggy's wine term of the month, and special events and celebrations at the tasting room. Of course, we always chat about seasonal food and wine pairings, and Peggy's latest recipe. This month it's a vibrant Caribbean Salad with Honey Lime Dressing - see: Featuring Peggy Fiandaca, who along with her winemaker husband Curt Lawrence Dunham owns and operates LDV Winery in Arizona, "Wine Time with Peggy" airs every 1st Wednesday at 4pm PT / 7pm ET. Follow the podcast here: Learn more about LDV Winery at 
  • Debbie Stone - Aloha Plate Hawaii Food Tour in Honolulu

    On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Global Adventures with Debbie Stone" Podcast, Debbie shares her experience with Secret Hawaii Tours while she was in Honolulu.Guide Lanai Tabura, grew up on the pineapple island of Lanai in a family of foodies. His parents and grandparents loved sharing food with friends and even complete strangers. “They were giving food tours before food tours were a thing,” explains Lanai. “It seemed natural that I would do the same, as food is my passion.” Lanai went on to build a thriving business revolving around food. Read Debbie's story here: Blend Radio's "Global Adventures with Debbie Stone" podcast airs every 4th Tuesday. Follow the podcast here: 
  • Chef Ivan Flowers - French Bread & Crostini

    From Crostini to Croutons, this episode of Big Blend Radio's EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY show features Ivan Flowers, a 5-Star Chef and Culinary Instructor who shares how to use French Bread in recipes, and how to make his Warm Red Pepper & Mozzaella Crostini recipe. See Chef Ivan's recipe here: Also part of Big Blend Radio's "Big Daily Blend" podcast, this episode celebrates National French Bread Day (March 21).
  • Ruth Milstein - Making Hamantaschen for Purim

    This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Cooking with Ruth" Show features Ruth Milstein who talks about the history of theJewish holiday of Purim and how it is celebrated, and how to make Hamantaschen, a triangular filled-pocket pastry that refers to Haman, the villain in the Purim story. In 2024, Purim is celebrated the evening of March 23 until the evening of March 24. In Jerusalem, where Shushan Purim is celebrated, the festival takes place on the following day, from March 24 to March 25. See Ruth's recipe here: Ruth Milstein is the author of the Gourmand awarding-winning recipe book, "Cooking with Love: Ventures Into the New Israeli Cuisine." Learn more here: Listen to Big Blend Radio's 3rd Sunday "Cooking with Ruth" podcasts here: 
  • Travel Writer Sharon Kurtz - A Taste of Poland

    Poland’s breathtaking landscapes, history, and exceptional cuisine render it a must-visit destination. On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Food, Wine & Travel" Show with IFWTWA, Sharon Kurtz shares her recent adventures in the captivating cities of Warsaw, Krakow, and Poznan, where she experienced Poland’s culinary renaissance and found hidden gems along the way. You can read about it in her article here: Sharon Kurtz is an Austin-based freelance travel writer and award-winning photographer. She is passionate about exploring the world and sharing her experiences through captivating storytelling. She is an active member of The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and The International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA). Follow her travels on and Learn more about the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) at Follow Big Blend Radio's "Food, Wine & Travel" Shows with IFWTWA Here: