California Strawberry Festival
ANNUAL CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL – A TRADITIONAL TASTY TRIBUTE IN THE GOLDEN STATE
The delicious heart shaped fruit is the main ingredient of celebration with the 2015 California Strawberry Festival getting underway the weekend of May 16 and 17, 2015 at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard (3250 S. Rose Avenue). Ranking among the top Festivals in the entire nation, the fruitful fete boasts lip-smacking strawberries every way imaginable, featuring all day fun for the entire family with concert performances, more than 200 Fine Arts & Crafts booths, the Strawberry Promenade with celebrity cooking demonstrations, Strawberryland For Kids featuring rides and attractions, gooey contests, special appearances, and more, on 15 scenic acres of parkland.
An estimated 1.5 million strawberries will be consumed over the weekend. 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% of sales for their causes. The formula has proven to be a fruitful enterprise. Over the past three decades more than $4,000,000 has benefitted a multitude of southland charities.
Serving up wholesome family fun, where else can you throw berries at your best friend in the Tart Toss Contest, or eat a strawberry pie by literally putting your face in it at the Pie Eating Contest, or pile on the fixings in the Strawberry Shortcake Build-Off Contest?
The California Strawberry Festival attracts attendees from across Southern California and beyond. Last year’s Festival welcomed more than 54,500 guests—the 10- year attendance average is an impressive 60,916.
The California Strawberry Festival is a popular weekend celebration dedicated to raising money to help others. Guided by an all-volunteer Executive Board, the 32nd annual California Strawberry Festival continues to stay true to its original mission as a celebratory event that pays tribute to the region’s robust strawberry industry.
For the price of admission, this tasty tribute to the strawberry serves up a spectacular menu of delectable strawberry delights, live entertainment, gooey contests for berry lovers of all ages, fine arts & crafts vendors, interactive activities, educational exhibits, cooking demonstrations, and more.
It’s All Child’s Play…
It is rumored that strawberries got their name from English children, who picked the berries, strung them on grass straws and sold them to others as “Straws of Berries.”
Now That’s A Lot Of Frequent Flyer Miles…
If last year’s crop of California strawberries was lined up, berry to berry, they would cross the world 15 times. That’s enough to provide every U. S. household with 12 pint-sized baskets of strawberries.
Berry Winter Wonderland…
In January and February alone, California strawberry growers produced more than 649 million strawberries. That’s enough strawberries to cover the San Francisco Golden Gate bridge 15 times.
A Seedy Fact…
There is an average of 200 seeds on each strawberry and technically each yellow seed is an individual fruit itself.
I’d Like To Thank the Academy…
It would take 7,000 strawberries to create the red carpet that welcomes the stars to the Academy Awards every year.
Here’s To Your Health, Baby!…
The U.S. Census reports that nearly four million babies will be born this year. By eating strawberries, expectant mothers consume folic acid, an important B vitamin that helps prevent neutral tube birth defects such as spina bifida.
Eight Is Enough!…
Eight medium sized strawberries supply 160 percent of the recommended intake of vitamin C, 270 milligrams of potassium, 4 grams of dietary fiber and 20 percent of the daily need for foliates.
Hey, Mikey Likes It!…
Strawberries are a favorite with people of all ages, especially children. In a recent survey, kids seven to nine years old picked strawberries as their favorite fruit, followed by grapes, apples, oranges and bananas.
California provides approximately 88 percent of the nation’s strawberries.