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California Strawberry Festival Part 2!

Posted by on May 22, 2012

Remember a few weeks ago when I told you I was headed to the California Strawberry Festival? Well.  I did it.  I went, and I had a blast.

It started on Saturday morning, I woke up around 8am, gave myself a little internet time then got ready and hit the road.  I filled up the gas tank then drove for about a hour and a half to Camarillo where I parked my car at one of the shuttle locations, and took it to the California Strawberry Festival fairgrounds.

The shuttle ride into town was awesome because along the way you could see all the strawberry fields in the area.  It reminded me of all the farmlands back home, which I missed, and it was my first time seeing any sort of farming in California altogether.

It was pretty neat seeing fields upon fields of strawberries.  I use to work in a grocery store, and I stocked many cartons of strawberries in my life so to actually see this end of it was refreshing.

Once I got into the fairgrounds the first thing I saw were the booths upon booths of art and crafts.  A variety of vendors lined the sidewalk.  They had beautiful wall hangings, photographs, soaps, jewelry, hats, apparel, and other neat stuff to look at.  I am a huge fan of looking at other’s creations so I got lost in the booths for quite a long time.

One of the amazing craft vendors showcased there.  They made these adorable piggy banks of all different animal creations.  Gave a completely different spin on the piggy bank =)

I walked a bit further and soon found the food area.  I was fascinated just looking at what kind of food creations were being made with strawberries.  There was strawberry pizza, strawberry nachos, deep fried strawberries, chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry smoothies, strawberry crepes, strawberry shortcake.

I think I committed a cardinal sin by the first food item I purchased had nothing to do with strawberries, but when I laid my eyes on roasted corn I couldn’t resist, and it was ohsogood! ;) But I recovered quickly and ran off to get myself a Strawberry Crepe with Chocolate Mousse.

Yum.  Looks good, doesn’t it?

I soon walked around the corner when I ran across this sign:

The time? 11am.  The verdict?  I couldn’t pass up champagne with a Strawberry in it.  So what did I end up doing?  I indulged.  I enjoyed it, and I lived to talk about it ;) They also had Strawberry and Raspberry Beer available.

I soon wandered off to the next part of the festival where I ran across a few more food vendors, and a live music stage.  I listened to the music for a little bit when I ran across Stonefire Naan Flatbread, and omg, it was YUMMY!  They provided a cooking demonstration that I sat through in which they showed some easy recipes you could make with the naan flatbread.  You have to try this out!

I explored a bit more.  I ran into Strawberry Shortcake, a Strawberry Twirl Ride, and a man bungee jumping:

And then I found myself in the FoodShare tent.  Foodshare is an amazing nonprofit that helps to feed the hungry by the power of the people for the people.  And inside the tent I caught the remaining two contestants of the Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest that is held every year on behalf of the California Strawberry Festival.

People are asked to submit a favorite non-bake strawberry recipe of theirs.  There were over 100 entries into this contest, and then 5 finalists were chosen.  These 5 finalists take part in a mini competition before the festival where they are narrowed down to 2 contestants.  The final 2 contestants then compete at the California Strawberry Festival.  They were Olivia Smith from Oxnard, CA with her Strawberry Crepe recipe and Winona Krieger with her Strawberry Lasagna Recipe.

Above Winona (left) and Olivia (right) are making their recipes for the judges.  The judges were directly behind them watching the entire thing.  The ladies had one hour to make their creations and present them to the judges.  The judges then voted, and the winner was decided.  A big congratulations goes out to Winona Krieger.  She won a 4 night Carnival Cruise Vacation!

and the best part was? Everyone in the audience got to sample their creations after the competition.  Winona’s Strawberry Lasagna was delicious.  Unfortunately it was a mad house so I never got to try Olivia’s Crepes.  =)

One more stop to the food booths where I tried a few more items:

The amazing Strawberry Shortcake Creation I made.  The ladies in the booth told me exactly how to get the most out of my money.  I surrounded the bowl with all the pound cake that I could.  I put the strawberry purree on the bottom then filled my bowl up with strawberries and covered the creation with whipped cream.  As I walked out many people walked by me and said, “now that’s what I’m talking about.”  I felt I did the California Strawberry Festival right ;)

And after this I had to try one other Strawberry Item:

Strawberry Salsa! People were walking around saying how good it was so I had to try it for myself.  I was quite pleased.  It did have a little bit of a kick to it, and I was pleasantly surprised, and gobbled it right up.

I then headed back to the art and craft vendor booths and did one last walk around before heading back to my shuttle for my drive home.  In the end it was a great day, and this has officially become one of my favorite California Festivals!

Disclosure: I was provided free tickets to attend the festival.  All food items were purchased with my own money, and the day was my complete firsthand experience of this wonderful festival.

A toast to the California Strawberry Festival for a raving success!  I’ll definitely be attending next year =)

 

Being apart of the Biannual Blogathon Bash I learned about making photo collages so here you go:

 

 

 

17 Responses to California Strawberry Festival Part 2!

  1. Kristi

    Maybe I’ll join you next year :)

    • Jamie

      hahah, when I read your post the other night and saw you were up in that area I thought that’s where you ended up going. I was a bit relieved to find out we didn’t miss each other ;) lol

      Next year would be fun if we decided to do it together!

  2. Marta

    A strawberry festival? That sounds amazing. I want to eat ALL OF THOSE THINGS. mmmm crepes

  3. Alexis Grace

    Glad you ended up having fun at the event! Food festivals are such a cool experience! And who doesn’t love strawberries?!

  4. Holly

    This sounds like an awesome festival and I am honestly a little jealous. Strawberry crepes with chocolate mousse, raspberry and strawberry beer, oh my! Sounds delicious and I’m glad you had a good time.

    • Jamie

      If we ever get together I promise to make you Strawberry Crepes ;)

  5. Olga Hermans

    wow, strawberry nachos and strawberry pizza? That doesn’t sound right with me, u t all the other stuff I could eat and drink. I can see why you had an amazing time!!!

  6. Dale Anne Potter

    Looks like an AWESOME festival – THANKS for sharing with us all!

  7. Sorta Southern Single Mom

    That’s a whole lotta strawberries and one heck of a festival!

  8. Meghann @ Fuzzy.Little.Wishballs

    Sounds like a blast! I know there is a town a few counties away that has a strawberry fest, but I don’t know that its as big as that one. I’ve always wanted to go; this only persuades me. I need to find some dates.

    • Jamie

      I hope you do go to it =) It’ll be fun, and it’s something new to try!

  9. Nisha

    I love reading about your adventures in CA! The Strawberry Festival sounds like a ton of fun!

  10. Create WIth Joy

    Thanks for visiting me at Create With Joy! I LOVE your blog! I have read several of your posts over the past few days – have added attending the Strawberry Festival to my bucket list – and am looking forward to getting to know you!

    Have a fabulous weekend and please stop by and share some Advice with us at Friendship Friday!

    Create With Joy
    http://create-with-joy.com

    • Jamie

      Thanks for your sweet comment =) Look forward to connecting and reading more of your posts as well!

  11. Jennifer

    Thanks for the follow-up Jamie, I was jealous when you said you were going to this and am even more jealous now! Looks like it was a fabulous time. Strawberries are one of my all-time favorite foods. I wish they would bring the strawberry festival to St. Louis. Thanks for sharing all of the great pictures too.

  12. emma@gottakeepmovin

    This looks awesome! I love everything strawberry related. And it’s never too early in the morning to drink champagne…never. Love the post, thanks for sharing.

    • Jamie

      I’m a huge Strawberry fan too… to think at one time in my life I refused to try to eat one ;) LOL (I was 3!)

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