The California Strawberry Festival: Your 2-Day Berry Eating Contest
Strawberry season hits its official peak this weekend, with the California Strawberry Festival, which is held every year since 1984 in Oxnard, a short trek up the coast from L.A. 11,538 acres of Ventura County produce more than 27% of the state's strawberry supply, which at the height of the season translates into 10 million pint baskets shipped worldwide daily. You can do your part by bringing a flat or two home in your car, assuming you don't eat them all on the drive back down the PCH.
This year the Festival will showcase about 50 food and beverage stands, a wine pavilion, a Strawberry Promenade with cooking demonstrations, a strawberry exhibit, free rides and attractions for kids, and music to accompany it all. There will also be a strawberry tart toss and a strawberry pie eating contest. A pie eating contest. Enough said.
California Strawberry Festival: May 15-16 at Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for kids and $8 for seniors, and may be purchased online.