A record breaking 66,129 patrons joined in the celebration of the 33rd Annual California Strawberry Festival last weekend, May 21, 22, at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard. Under sunny skies, the two-day fete was in full swing with loads of berrilicious foods, live music, arts & crafts, contests, rides and attractions, cooking demonstrations, and more. Last year’s event drew 57,013 patrons.
An estimated 1.5 million strawberries were consumed over the two days. From wacky berry bonnets in the Berry Best Hat Contest, to towers of shortcake and whipped creme in the Build Your Own Strawberry Shortcake Contest, patrons participated with their “berry best” to add to the experience. The Food Network filmed an episode for their “Great Food Truck Race” on Saturday, kicking off festivities with a pre-event parade.
“Our California Strawberry Festival board works year-round to produce a Festival that brings people together and gives back to our southland non profit groups,” said Kim Gibas, 2016 Festival Chairperson. “It’s especially rewarding when thousands come out to enjoy their weekend with us because it helps us help others. We are also very grateful for the commitment of our sponsors who support our vision.” Over the past three decades more than $4.5 million has been generated to enhance lives and establish scholarships for future generations.
Ranked nationwide among the top outdoor Festivals, the California Strawberry Festival takes place the third weekend in May each year. Next year’s celebration will be May 20, 21, 2017.
Enjoy a few highlights from our visit on Sunday below: