Everyone’s raving about the Cypress Festival Mixer

Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling addresses the crowd. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Everyone who attended the 2019 Cypress Festival Mixer raved about the turnout and the food and the welcoming atmosphere.

Cypress College went all out to ensure a space for the Mixer this year. In years past, the Mixer was held on the patio next to the pond, but that area is all torn up by construction and therefore unavailable.

The lobby of the College Theater and its approaches were turned into a fine alternative location. Check-in went smoothly.

Before even gaining entry to the lobby, attendees were greeted by tables of pizzas from Pieology (just south of Orange Avenue on Valley View Street), and a crew from El Torito Cypress (northwest corner of Valley View Street and Katella Avenyue) serving up street tacos with three choices of filling (carnitas, beef, chicken) plus toppings.

Inside were pies from Polly’s Pies in Rossmoor, Jell-O treats from Goodwill (check out their store on the southeast corner of Valley View Street and Lincoln Avenue), and cookies supplied by Eddie Salgado, the assistant manager at Comerica Bank (in the Staples shopping center on Katella Avenue just west of Knott Avenue).

Gluten-free pizza from Pielogy. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Table centerpieces were supplied by Forest Lawn. Wine was provided by Eberle Winery. (I enjoyed a tasty white wine spritzer.)

Dozens and dozens and dozens of people attended — Festival vendors, sponsors, Chamber members, community members. Everybody smiled and talked, and talked and smiled. Then they snagged something more to eat, or drink, and smiled and talked some more.

Everybody had a chance to win a prize, too — everything from a pie to free car washes!

Congratulations to the Cypress Chamber Festival Mixer organizing subcommittee! Great job!

See everybody at Saturday’s Festival beginning at 9 a.m. at Oak Knoll Park on Orange Avenue, between Valley View Street and Walker Street.

Jell-O treats from Goodwill. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.
Slices of pie from Polly’s Pies. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.