The Fred Hall Shows have been an important part of the Fishing, Hunting, Boating, and Outdoor Recreation Travel community in Southern California for almost three-quarters of a century. The 74th annual Fred Hall Show at the Long Beach Convention Center brought enormous joy to both exhibitors and attendees. Since then we have tried hard to produce the 44th annual Fred Hall Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Unfortunately due to the closure of the Del Mar Fairgrounds we are unable to keep our May dates and circumstances prevent us from being able to announce a firm new date at this time. We are determined to keep trying. Look for us to be back at the fairgrounds in the Fall. Stay updated at to find out more about “ Hall in the Fall”!

The Man With a Pan

Ken GardonKen Gardon is an avid hunter and recreational fisherman with southern roots.  Ken, aka, the “Man with a Pan,” is a lifelong cook with a passion for meat and seafood. He can deftly butcher a whole animal, achieve a textbook smoke ring, and has a knack for sauces. His BBQ, sausage and cured fish are among his most requested dishes, as are the recipes for his blackberry reduction and soy ginger glaze. He has provided cooking demos for organizations such as the Fred Hall Shows and Catalina Offshore Products; and cooked for private dinners as well as events of up to 500 people. In addition to his culinary interests, he owns Blue Seas Fabrication, the West Coast’s first and only Certified SeaDek Fabricator.

Ken has been appearing for several years in the Costa Sporting Chef Café at the Fred Hall Shows.  Between Ken, the Man with a Pan, Tommy Gomes, The Fishmonger, and Scott Leysath, the Sporting Chef you will be well fed and entertained when you visit the Costa Sporting Chef Café at the upcoming Fred Hall Shows.