California Strawberry Festival’s Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest: Do you have the berry-est recipe?

California Strawberry Festival’s Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest: Do you have the berry-est recipe?

If you love to cook with strawberries as the main ingredient, enter the Berry Blast Off Contest, presented by the Ventura County Star. The judges are looking for the tastiest non-baking strawberry dish made within an hour (California Strawberry Festival’s take on Iron Chef).

Here are the qualifications:
  • Non-baking strawberry recipe made with your favorite sauce, dessert, entrée, dip, drink, jam, spread, appetizer, snack, etc.
  • Be creative and complex with fresh ingredients
  • Recipe submission deadline is Friday, April 10, 2015 at 12pm PST
  • Submit recipes with your name, address, phone, email, and other contact information by: Email - (please submit in both memo and attachment form), or Fax - +1.805.385.4729, or Mail – California Strawberry Festival, Attn: Berry Blast Off, 1661 Pacific Ave #15, Oxnard, CA 93033
  • Click here to read entire rules and guidelines

  • Top five semi-finalists selected will compete in a one-hour cooking challenge on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 11am PST in the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard’s professional kitchen
  • The judges will select two finalists who will go on to compete on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the California Strawberry Festival

  • The grand prize winner of the Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest will receive a three-day, two night Welk Resorts getaway vacation to either Palm Springs, San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, or Branson, MO (airfare not included) and a Cutco studio knife set (approximate valued at $500)
  • The runner-up will receive an overnight stay at the Courtyard at Marriott Oxnard and a complimentary dinner for two at Tierra Sur Restaurant at Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, CA
  • All contestants who submit a recipe will receive a free ticket to this year’s Festival

At the festival, it’s all about the sweet, delicious strawberry. Saturday, May 16th through Sunday, May 17th, 50 food booths will be showcasing their strawberry concoctions from strawberry pizza, strawberry beer, strawberry nachos, strawberry funnel cake, strawberry crepes, chocolate dipped strawberries, fried strawberries, the ever-popular “build your own” strawberry shortcake tent, and strawberry popcorn to name a few. The booths are run by non-profit organizations with 100% of sales goes to their causes. Over the past three decades more than $4 million dollars have benefited more than 40 Southland charities. It’s a “sweet” deal for everyone!

Strawberry Trivia:
  • If last year’s crop of California strawberries was lined up, berry to berry, they would cross the nation 149 times. That’s enough to provide every U.S. household with 9 pint-sized baskets of strawberries. 
  • There is an average of 200 seeds on each strawberry and technically each yellow seed is an individual fruit itself.
  • Eight medium-sized strawberries supply 160% of the recommended intake of vitamin C, 270 milligrams of potassium, 4 grams of dietary fiber, and 20% of the daily need for foliates.

Submit your strawberry recipe today and mark your calendars to taste the sweetest strawberries in California!

For more information:
3250 S Rose Ave
Oxnard, CA

  • Tickets: General admission is $12, seniors 62+ are $8 and children ages 5-12 are $5. Kids 4 and under are free. Active military and dependents with ID are $8.
  • Hours: 10:00am to 6:30pm