30th Annual California Strawberry Festival: Sun-ripened sweetness in Oxnard, CA

On Saturday, May 18, 2013, crowds lined up an hour early to be a part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard, CA. As early as 9am, the air was filled with beautiful, sweet scents of strawberries and aromas of garlic and grilled meats from the food court enticed our appetites. Some of us didn’t have breakfast in order to save room to eat the fantastic foods that awaited us beyond the “Red Gate”. Attendees also sported strawberry-related gear from hats to earrings to dying their hair to a beautiful strawberry red.

As the 10am bell rang from Oxnard College campus, the red gate opened to happy patrons of this annual event. As you walk through the red gate, you were given your first tastes of California strawberries, chilled and super-sweet. Whole flats (12 pint baskets) were only $16, what a fantastic deal! Mental note: Pick them up on the way out. First order of business, check out the “Build Your Own Strawberry Shortcake” tent, sponsored by Bimbo and Reddi Whip. Build them as big as you like for $5. What a deal! If you want to try other foods as the festival, you don’t want to make it too big. Start by building your foundation of pound cake, ladle on strawberries in natural syrup, bring on the whipped cream, and top with some fresh strawberries. What a beautiful sight!

Mahalo and hope you can make it next year to the California Strawberry Festival!

OC Food Diva