What’s not to love when the heart shaped fruit takes center stage at the 31st Annual California Strawberry Festival May 17 and 18 at College Park in Oxnard. Beyond the live concerts, ride and attractions, 200+ arts & crafts, Strawberryland for Kids, contests and cooking demonstrations, it’s the lip-smacking food that steals the show.
With 50 food booths where berries abound, the fruit that wears its seeds on the outside is served in a bevy of berry delicious forms. If you haven’t had strawberry pizza alongside a strawberry beer, you haven’t been to the festival. Or perhaps the strawberry nachos are more you style. Oh, did we mention strawberry funnel cake, strawberry crepes, chocolate dipped strawberries, fried strawberries, the “build your own” strawberry shortcake tent or even strawberry popcorn?
Indulge guilt free, because with each bite the non-profit food booths reap 100 percent of sales for their causes. The formula has proven to be a fruitful enterprise. Over the past three decades more than $4 million dollars has benefitted more than 40 southland charities.
California Strawberry Festival general admission is $12, seniors 62+ are $8 and children ages 5-12 are $5. Kids 4 and under are free. Active military and dependents with ID are $8. Hours are 10:00a.m. to 6:30p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.strawberry-fest.org. The information line is 1 888 288-9242.