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California Strawberry Festival!!!

Posted by on May 9, 2012

Guess what I’m doing the weekend of May 19th and 20th? I’m headed to the California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard, and I’m so excited. Back home we never had a strawberry festival. I was lucky to pay 2.99 for a 1 lb. container of strawberries. Of course, we’d get the BOGO’s (buy one, get one free) now and again, and I’d stock up every time.  This is suppose to be the biggest California Strawberry Festival in the state!

The thing is I’ve always had a love for strawberries. There was a time in my life where I fought trying one though. I was only 3 years old. My mom loves to tell me this story. She had to pry a strawberry into my mouth because I was so adament about not wanting to try one. But once she pried it into my mouth I haven’t looked back.

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If I ever went out to a restaurant and had dessert, I’d always pick the strawberry pie, or I’d go for the strawberry ice cream, or even the strawberry smoothie.

So the fact I’m headed to a Strawberry Festival, I’m pretty excited. This week I’ve been looking into the festival to figure out what I’d do first. The problem is deciding.

They have arts and crafts, a chance for me to throw a strawberry into my beloved’s face, or even a strawberry pie eating contest. And of course, I can’t wait to walk down the Strawberry Promenade to see everything that can be done with strawberries!! From cooking demonstrations to a cook off, to local berries. This is one event that has my destiny written all over it.

The festival also has a “Green Scene” where you can learn how to be more eco-friendly in your life. I love that they’re even thinking green at this festival.

The festival has a free kid zones for your family. New this year is the USTA Smash Zone dedicated to children under 10. Yes, the same one seen at the US Open. It will have 2 kid size tennis courts to be played on. They also have a chance for your kid to shine on “Tennis Magazine” with their green screen photo op.

They also have the kid care zone for family with children. This is where you can go to change diapers, do any nursing that you may need to do, or look for items in the lost and found.

and of course, make sure to keep an eye out for Strawberry Shortcake. 😉

So, here’s the info:

When: May 19th and 20th: 10am to 6:30pm

Where: Strawberry Meadows at College Park, Oxnard, CA

Tickets: Adults: 12 dollars
Seniors: 62 Plus: 8 dollars
Active military and Dependents (need ID) 8 dollars
Children (5-12): 5 dollars
Free for children 4 and under

They have a variety of shuttle pick up and drop off locations, so do your research and save 10 dollars on parking by utilizing the shuttle service. My advice is to get there early, and be prepared for traffic.

But what I’m most looking forward to is being surrounded by strawberries, eating strawberry shortcake, eating strawberries with whipped cream, and learning about the California Strawberry!

Also, for those that have been there in the past, do you have any advice for me?  What should I do first?  Or what is your favorite thing to do at the festival?  I can use all the advice I can get since it’s my first time being there.

Disclosure: I am being provided with free tickets to the California Strawberry Festival.  I am very much looking forward to the festival, and I hope you all join me!  

 

11 Responses to California Strawberry Festival!!!

  1. Mary

    LOL thats not far from where I grew up, so I have been! Also to the big one in Santa Maria, CA. You will LOVE the promenade, & yes, throw a berry in your boys face!!!;-) Look into the Lemon & Avocado Fests in Santa Barbara, too!
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  2. Elaine Shannon

    Sounds like a great time…out in the eastern part of Canada we will be waiting a few more months for delicious strawberries. Enjoy!
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  3. Lisa D.B. Taylor

    Sounds great fun. I also love strawberries! (My kids have always liked that they have “little handles’ 🙂
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  4. Anita

    Sounds like so much fun! We love strawberries in this household. Have to wait until June here in NB though for the fresh ones!
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  5. Olga Hermans

    We also have to wait a little longer here in the western part of Canada, but I also DO like them. I put strawberries in my smoothie each morning…so I am with you on the strawberries!! Have fun on the festival!!
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  6. Alex @ Before The Baby Wakes

    Thanks for sharing this! Maybe we’ll go too…but the heat issue does scare me a bit :-/ I’m so hot lately.
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  7. Lisa Birnesser

    I bet that will be such a blast! I love strawberries. They are coming in season here and I’m ready to buy and freeze so I will have them as long as possible. Have fun!

  8. Mary

    Oh, I meant to mention, since you remind folks about the traffic, it shouldn’t be ANYTHING like an event in the heart of LA!!!;-) Once you get there, esp. if its early, everyone should be ok! Its the end of the world kind of traffic if you’re FROM that area, but for LA peeps like us, it isn’t bad lol!;-)
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    • Jamie

      I had to throw the traffic part in because others have warned me about it 😉 so we’ll see. I’m leaving pretty early that morning then headed out there.

  9. Alexis Grace

    Have a great time at the festival! I too love strawberries!
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  10. Jennifer

    Oh how I love strawberries, have fun! When I was a kid I ate so many one time that it made me sick. We are having an abundance of strawberries in the midwest right now, somehow related to storms we had that are forcing them to all be picked now. The only thing I don’t like about strawberries is that I always try to buy organic, and the organic ones are double the price of the conventional ones. But, well worth it! Looking forward to hearing about the festival.
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