Lima Bean fest kicks off in Encinitas

ENCINITAS — On Oct. 1, a giant lima bean will make its appearance at the third annual Lima Bean Cook-off and Encinitas 25th Anniversary Celebration at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive.
According to Evelyn Weidner, of Weidner’s Gardens, the bean was discovered deep in a silver mine in Peru. The giant lima bean weighs 15 pounds and is 12 inches long,
“The magic of the giant is awakened whenever it is touched by silver,” Weidner said. “Event-goers will have an opportunity to throw silver at the lima bean and make a wish.”
This year, the two celebrations become one event. Visitors will listen to free live entertainment with the Jack Tempchin Band (writer of “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Already Gone” and “Slow Dancin’”), enjoy free birthday cake and receive a free commemorative pin. Admission will be free to the San Diego Botanic Gardens and the San Dieguito Heritage Museum. Explore and learn about community organizations and city services at the exhibitor’s booths.
The highlight of the day will be the Lima Bean Cook-Off. Local chefs will compete to see who can bring taste and style to the lowly lima bean. Before flowers became North Coast’s major industry, lima beans were an important crop to the early inhabitants of Encinitas. They grew easily in the moist coastal climate. Prizes will be awarded to the best dishes served and there will be tastings for those who want to rediscover the lima bean. Purchase tastings online at and receive a free gift. Want to compete? E-mail Will at
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