Downtown Anaheim is a treasure trove of history and culture. The Anaheim Packing District, a newly renovated historical site, is nestled in the heart of the downtown area and features dining, and event space. The Packing District was at the heart of the county’s citrus production during the height of the area’s agricultural era. The district has been reinvented and is now poised to be a popular community-gathering place for food, education and fun. The Packing District houses the Packard Building, the Farmers Park and the Packing House.
The Packard Building, also called the Packard Showroom, was constructed in 1925. The building initially showcased the Packard luxury car. The structure underwent many changes over the years. The mission revival style building has been renovated to reflect its original state. Lush landscaping and antique lighting fixtures line the building. Its extensive patio dining space is the perfect space for large parties with broad views of the Farmers Park.
Two trendy restaurants, Umami Burger and Anaheim Brewery now occupy the renovated Packard Building. Foodies flock to Umami Burger for delectable gourmet hamburgers, including the Welsh Rarebit, for which the recipe dates back to 1919. Anaheim Brewery has a legacy of its own to lend to the historic district. The brewery was originally established in 1870. In 1920 Prohibition forced Anaheim Brewery to cease production. 90 years later in 2010, the brewery was re-established in the Packard Building and offers its original brews, such as Anaheim 1888, as well as new recipes.
The Farmers Park connects the Packard Building with the Packing House. It features beautiful landscaping and wide-open spaces ideal for large gatherings. The two-acre plot comprises an olive grove, redwood boardwalk, grassy knoll and community gardens where visitors can find many grow beds containing tomatoes, artichokes, lettuce and more plants. The park also has an outdoor Ping-Pong table ready for use – just bring your own ball and paddles!
The park has a packed schedule with unique events occurring each month. For example, in March the park hosted “Firkfest”, Orange County’s first Cask Ale Festival. Starting June 1st, the Farmers Park Market, a California Certified Farmers’ Market, will take place every Sunday from 10am to 2pm. More exciting events to be held at the site include the summertime Farm Folk Festival, Annual Halloween Parade Float viewing, German Christmas Market and Farmers Park Flicks outdoor movies.
The Packing House was constructed in 1919 along the Southern Pacific Rail Line. It was a center of commerce for area farmers who came to the building to sell their citrus harvest.
The Packing House is now set to be a go-to space for chowing down. The former Sunkist packing facility has been renovated to accommodate as many as 25 restaurants. Cafes and kiosks will serve food and beverages. The two level building features a large central atrium with food court-style dining. Patrons can also enjoy outdoor picnic gardens and a building-length dining porch looking out to the Farmers Park. The Packing House will have its Grand Opening celebration on May 31st from noon to 10pm.
The Anaheim Packing District in Downtown Anaheim is a great example of Orange County’s emphasis on community celebration of the past. In addition to these historic hubs, Orange County features many beautiful historic homes. These houses frequently come on the market but disappear fast. If you are looking to get into your own historic dream home, then Better Living SoCal is your go-to resource. Contact us today to take the first step towards owning your perfect home.
Visit the Anaheim Packing District website for event information, directions and more details on the historic significance of the area.