Ojai, the picturesque destination surrounded by scenic hills and aromatic orchards, celebrates the 4th Annual Ojai Pixie Month this April in honor of the Ojai Pixie, the petite, sweet, and seedless tangerine native to the area. Just 75 minutes north of Los Angeles and only 14 miles inland from Ventura, Ojai is located northeast off the 101 freeway.
Native to the Central California Coast, Pixie Tangerines have existed since the 1920s and were originally bred out of a tangerine called the Kincy. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the Ojai Pixie Growers discovered that the temperate, Mediterranean climate of the Ojai Valley was the ideal place to grow these tiny tangerines. Today, there are over 25,000 Pixie trees in Ojai tended by more than 40 tangerine growers.
Throughout the month, the local community commemorates Pixie season with hotel packages, spa treatments, and special events, including a foraging and mixology demo with renowned L.A. cocktail chef and author, Matthew Biancaniello. Ojai Pixie Month will also extend to Los Angeles where the artisanal, home-grown ice cream shop Sweet Rose Creamery will be featuring an Ojai Pixie frozen yogurt created by Executive Chef/Co-Owner Shiho Yoshikawa, aptly called “Ojai Pixie,” at all five store locations (Brentwood, Santa Monica, Mid-City, Pacific Palisades, and Studio City).
Other highlights during the month include Explore Ojai: Foraging & Pixie Mixology Demo with Matthew Biancaniello where the renowned Los Angeles cocktail chef and author of the upcoming cocktail book “Eat Your Drink”, and Ojai Herb Specialist Lanny Kaufer will lead an intimate group to forage the Cozy Dell Trailhead and Earthtrine Farm before touring Friend’s Ranch Pixie Orchard. The Ojai Pixies and foraged herbs will be showcased in a mixology demo by Biancaniello, followed by a cocktail and tapas reception at Azu Restaurant.
You can also Celebrate Ojai Pixie Season with Cloud Climber Jeep Tours, exploring vistas and birds-eye views of the beautiful patchwork of Ojai’s celebrated citrus groves in a custom, open-air, canopy covered Jeep driven by a professional guide. The tour includes a stop at Ojai Olive Oil where you can sample a variety of citrus-flavored vinegars and local olive oils.
Another interesting event is the “Pix-ology” Cocktail Class at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Led by the award-winning bartending team, the class includes a guided demonstration and sampling of two Ojai Pixie cocktails. Or you can head to the Ojai Pixie Pool Party at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa where families can splash the day away at the children’s pool celebration while counselors will be leading games for prizes.
Looking for a place to stay? The Ojai Pixie Pamper Me Package at Emerald Iguana Inn and Blue Iguana Inn is a great deal with souvenir baskets that include a bottle of local Casa Barranca wine, two Iguana wine glasses, a box of chocolates, and two Ojai Pixie goodies. The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has an Ojai Pixie Package, which includes a 50-minute Ojai Pixie body treatment at Spa Ojai. The Oaks at Ojai throw in a Free Ojai Pixie scrub with any lodging package as well as an Ojai Pixie scrub making class. The Daily Ojai Pixie Specials & Sunday Breakfast at The Lavender Inn include Ojai Pixie Morning Muffins and nightly tapas/wine.
Dining options abound with many area restaurants sharing a favorite Ojai Pixie offering. KNEAD Baking Co’s Citrus Syrup Cake soaked with Ojai Pixies is one, Azu’s Salmon Tartar with Ojai Pixie Vinaigrette is another. Tipple & Ramble makes it easy with grab and go Vanilla Bean Ojai Pixie Pudding Jars and the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa’s Executive Pastry Chef John Lacroix will be spotlighting Ojai Pixies in desserts such as Crème Brûlée, Sorbet, and Chocolate Treats. Make a beeline for organic Ojai Pixie marmalade scones from Farmer & the Cook to start the day, or chill out with some Ojai Pixie tangerine frozen yogurt from Bliss Frozen Yogurt. Agave Maria’s has a Ojai Pixie Margarita on offer and Suzanne’s Cuisine has some special menu items featuring Ojai Pixies, including an Ojai Pixie Cosmopolitan.
Relax at Spa Ojai at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa with a Ojai Pixie Tangerine Body Polish or the Enhanced Spa where you can relish the Ojai Pixie Custard Foot & Calf Treatment. GloWest has some Glo Nails Ojai Pixie pedicures on offer as well. To indulge in some retail therapy, there is Summer Camp, Treasures of Ojai and Carolina Gramm Extra Virgin Olive Oil Products as well as Ojai Baby and Ojai Clothing so show some control over those purse strings!