Wild Rice, a staple food of several Native American Tribes, isn’t rice at all but the seed of Zizania Palustris, a tall, blooming water grass that is the only cereal grain native to the North American Continent.
California’s Fall River Valley is home to Fall River Wild Rice, a small Grower Owned Cooperative. Here fertile soils, clean air, spring waters and the crisp climate of this high mountain valley offer the ideal growing conditions for this native North American grain.
The Wild Rice Festival is held each year in late summer to celebrate the rich agricultural history of the Fall River Valley. The free event features lots of local food, music, crafts and much more. Always held the first Saturday in August, the festival commemorates the world’s largest wild rice growing area: the Northern Sierra Cascade region.