May 20, 2019 – Anaheim, California - The Anaheim Packing District proudly announces the 100th Year of the Anaheim Packing House, one of the last remaining citrus packing warehouses in O.C., which has been historically preserved and retrofitted as Orange County’s original market hall!
Several festive events will be planned throughout the year, including World Taste on September 25th and Anaheim Night Market on December 14th. However, the paramount celebration, Anaheim Packing House’s Citrus Centennial Celebration, will take place on June 1st, from 11AM until 10PM, within the historic Anaheim Packing House and at Farmers Park.
Highlights of the marquee event in June will include Anaheim Historical Society guided tours, “Care for Citrus” gardening class hosted by UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County, a citrus grove pop-up from Sunkist, giveaways from OC Fair Centennial Farms, an interactive art project presented by artist Franky Castle, citrus themed makers, a citrus cocktail garden hosted by the Anaheim Halloween Parade, citrus-infused menu items from Packing District food purveyors and a free screening of a historical documentary celebrating the people – past and present - of the Anaheim Packing House. Live music will span the decades including, 1920s Dixieland jazz from the New Auleans Band, a Jitterbug dance demonstration from the Atomic Cherry Bombs, 1940s swing from the Honeydrops, western swing from Darden Sisters, and rockabilly from Amber Foxx.
Anaheim Packing District owners/designers, Linda and Shaheen Sadeghi of the LAB (Little American Businesses), is celebrating more than the longevity of the citrus facility’s infrastructure: “This year we celebrate a 100 year old story of the workers; their industry, energy and hard earned success in turning empty fields into blossoming orange orchards and a bustling commercial hub named Orange County. Their story continues today with richly diverse neighborhoods, successful family businesses and colorful culinary landscape. More than anything, we celebrate the Anaheim local community who saved their last remaining citrus packing warehouse, the Anaheim Packing House, so history remains present.”
According to Anaheim resident and Federal Archivist, Jason Schultz, “Orange County Plain Dealer of Friday, April 4, 1919, says the new packing house would pack its first oranges "next week," after running machinery "this week" to test it out—so I would peg Monday, April 7, 1919 as the [original] opening date [of the Anaheim Packing House].”
Visitors to the Anaheim Packing District’s 100-Year Celebrations are encouraged to download the Ctr City Anaheim app, which provides parking assistance via complimentary micro-transit called FRAN (Free Rides Around the Neighborhood).
For more Packing District and 100-Year Celebration information, visit www.anaheimpackingdistrict.com/100year, and follow @packingdistrict on social media networks for daily updates.
Anaheim Packing District
440 S. Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805
100 YEARS OF HISTORY
Once a part of the biggest citrus fruit exchange, the Packing House closed its doors in 1955 as the growth of urban development halted citrus packaging production. Forgotten for decades, the Anaheim Packing House re-opened on May 31, 2014 to an eager crowd of over 5,000. This award-winning, European-style food hall has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, three Golden Nugget awards and notoriety in thousands of digital and print publications globally. The exterior of the building has been restored to its golden glory, even down to its former Sunkist emblem embedded on the Mission Revival style frontage of the building, while the interior is a blend of the old and the new: suspended air plants, mixed-media folk art, vintage inspired facades, natural light along with an open center stage. Good vibrations and indescribable energy emanates both from the guests that attend and from the historical heartbeat that thrives within.
The Anaheim Packing District encompasses 4 historic landmarks, the glorious 2-acre Farmers Park, and CTR ST Anaheim. The main ingredient of the foodie quintet is the Anaheim Packing House, one of the last remaining citrus packing warehouses in Orange County, which has been historically preserved and retrofitted as a great original American market hall. The north anchor of the district is the Packard Building. Establishing the southern border is of the Packing District is MAKE, a 102-year old former marmalade factory, and the soon-to-open Leisure Town. Boasting more than 40 unique food and beverage artisans, the Packing District offers a culinary menagerie for families and visitors alike. Visit http://www.anaheimpackingdistrict.com for current Packing District activities, including weekly entertainment.