Wednesday, June 1, 2016

California Strawberry Festival Review Food Crafts & Entertainment for the Family

Family Events

By Norma Perez, Mom Blogger

My family and I had the opportunity to again attend the 33rd Annual California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard in coastal California, just about a 1-1/2 hour drive from Los Angeles proper. We've attended this outdoor event in past years and I could not have imagined that it was going to be even more fun this time around.

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The weather could not have been more perfect for a fabulous day of fresh air with kids in beautiful Ventura County -- sunny and warm, but not scorching hot. It definitely was a good thing we took advantage of the free alternative transportation provided because after we arrived and got off the shuttle bus, we walked right past a huge stream of cars waiting to get into the on-site parking lot for the festival.

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All I could think was boy what a happy crowd! Never before was I so glad to cover this wonderful event for MommyBlogExpert. With our family press passes in hand, we made our way through the gate, noting how multiple festival staff members continually offered to assist everyone, cheerfully providing help and patiently answering the same questions over and over again.

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A few steps later we were past the gate, surrounded by all kinds of food booths, hundreds of arts and crafts vendor tents and family friendly entertainment galore. Judging by the enthusiasm around the booth, it was easy to see that the Strawberry Beer and Strawberry Wine drinks -- both served in commemorative glasses to take home -- were among the most popular of all the refreshments for sale, with proceeds going to support local charities.

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As far as children's fun, Strawberryland was ready to please even the most adventurous kid. In the children's area the food stand that seemed to be attracting the most young and not so young strawberry lovers was probably the simply very yummy Strawberry Pop-corn and strawberry lemonade. 

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The strawberry hat contest was really fun. But the booth that stole the most giggles from the little ones? That was the Strawberry Tart Throwing Contest, of course. How fun it was to watch best buddies willingly lined up to have friends and family toss delicious strawberry tarts at their faces, with staff  ready to hand out wipes and everyone not doing a very good job about holding back their laughter. 

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Our last stop of the day was to the build your own strawberry short cake concession -- needless to say this was absolutely STRAWBERRYLICIOUS.

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As you can see from all the entertaining photos in this post, the festival was a blast. This is definitely a must-attend family annual event to consider attending if you're lucky enough to be in Southern California during the May weekend when it is held each year.

About California Strawberry Festival
For more information visit the official California Strawberry Festival website. You can also learn more and see additional photos from this year's event by following the organization on TwitterFacebookInstagramPinterest and YouTube.

Image from California Strawberry Festival
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Masshole Mommy said...

That sounds so fun! It's finally strawberry season here in MA & we are going picking on Sunday!

Momma Told Me said...

Well, I wish I could have covered the event, I could have thrown a rock from my window at the festival front gates. Haha! As a local, our main street out is actually shut down for 4 days before, during and after the event! In any case, I've been MANY times, and it's certainly fun for the whole family. My favorite is the craft booths.

Unknown said...

It sounds like so much fun and so many delicious things to try!

Jeannette said...

I would have love to go there! My favorite fruit is strawberries. I will have to go to this sometime!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness, what total fun. We have a strawberry festival here in texas and it is so much fun. Looks a lot like your festival

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle said...

That looks like so much fun! I love that they had Strawberry Shortcake there. Too cute!

Jennifer said...

That looks like a ton of fun! Strawberries are my favorite fruit, and I can imagine trying everything this fest has to offer. Om nom nom.

Jaredamy said...

A lot of the grocery store berries I buy are from CA. It is cool to see that strawberries are such a prevalent part of your community.

Jennifer M said...

Oh my goodness- this all looks fantastic! Strawberries are my favorite fruit so I would LOVE this festival.

Mandie said...

I loved strawberry short cake was my favorite as a kid. This looks like it was a blast. We LOVE strawberries!

Kelly Hutchinson said...

You had me at strawberry! I love anything strawberry flavored. I bet this was a really fun event.

Unknown said...

That looks like so much fun! I wish there was a strawberry festival near me. Strawberries are my favorite fruit! If I'm ever in the area I know where I'll be going for this festival!

Autumn @MamaChallenge said...

That looks like a lot of fun! My kids really love straberries and would have had a blast there.

Barb Webb said...

I love local festivals! This one looks like great fun and yum, strawberries are one of my favorite summer treats.

Anonymous said...

I miss the strawberry festivals from back home. The food was always the best. It looks like yours are similar to what we had in Florida. We are closer to you now so maybe next year we can attend this one!

Ann B said...

This would be a fun festival to go to.I will have to see if we have something similar in my area.

Elizabeth Lampman said...

Strawberries are my favorite. I would love to go to this festival.

Dawn Lopez said...

I love strawberries! I've never been to a festival like this before but it looks like such a great time. :)

James, Davis, and Associates Test said...

I have never been to a strawberry festival before. It sounds like a fun activity for the family.