The California Annual Strawberry Festival Wants Your Original Recipes

strawberries_in_green_bowlIf you have a passion for cooking, the 31st Annual California Strawberry Festival has a recipe contest you can really sink your teeth into!

Your favorite strawberry dish could be your gateway to a vacation resort when you enter the 2014 California Strawberry “Berry Blast Off” Recipe contest, presented by the Ventura County Star. All contestants who submit a recipe will be awarded a free ticket to the 31st annual celebration May 17 and 18 in Oxnard at Strawberry Meadows of College Park.

Applicants must enter a non-baking strawberry recipe with their favorite sauce, dessert, entrée, dip, drink, jam, spread, appetizer, snack, etc. – the more creative the dish, the better. Submissions will be accepted until noon April 11, 2014. Five finalists will be selected to compete in a timed, iron chef-style challenge Tuesday, May 6at 11:00am at the professional kitchen of the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard, where they will prepare and present their strawberry dish within one hour. The judges select two finalists to continue on with VIP access in a competition for the ultimate reward at the Festival May 17.

The grand prize winner will choose from a three-day, two night getaway vacation to Palm Springs, San Diego, Cabo San Lucas or Branson, Missouri, courtesy of Welk Resorts (airfare not included), and a Cutco studio knife set valued at close to $500. The runner Recipe 2up will receive an overnight stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard along with a complimentary dinner for two at acclaimed Tierra Sur Restaurant at Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard.

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Send recipes with name/address/phone/contact info to:

*By email: [email protected] (please submit in both memo and attachment          form)

*By fax: 805/ 385-4729

*By mail: California Strawberry Festival, Attn: Berry Blast Off, 1661 Pacific Avenue       #15, Oxnard, CA 93033 

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