California Strawberry Festival’s Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest ends on April 7!

Jodi Taffel's dish at the 2015 California Strawberry Festival
Do you have a winning non-baking strawberry recipe? If you do, you have 7 days left to submit your recipe for the Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest, presented by the Ventura County Star. The judges are looking for the tastiest non-baking strawberry dish that can be made within an hour (California Strawberry Festival’s take on Iron Chef).

Alethia Shih and Jodi Taffel in the heat of competition

  • 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.
  • Must be prepared and presented within 60 minutes.
  • Strawberries should be your key ingredient.
  • Must be over 21 years of age.

Recipe submission deadline is Friday, April 7, 2017 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 (Attn: Berry Blast Off), or Mail – California Strawberry Festival, Attn: Berry Blast Off, 1661 Pacific Ave #15, Oxnard, CA 93033.
  • Click here to read entire rules and guidelines.

Judges for the 2015 California Strawberry Festival Berry Blast-Off Recipe Finale

  • Top five semi-finalists selected will compete in a one-hour cooking challenge on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11am PST in the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard’s professional kitchen.
  • The judges will select two finalists who will go on to compete head-to-head on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the California Strawberry Festival.


  • The grand prize winner of the Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest will receive a four-day, three-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 value $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 semi-finalists receive four complimentary tickets to attend to this year’s festival and a complimentary 2017 collectible poster.
  • All contestants who submit a recipe will receive a free ticket to this year’s Festival (limited to one person/one per family/one per residence).

Build your own Strawberry Shortcake
At the festival, it’s all about the sweet, delicious strawberry. Saturday, May 20th through Sunday, May 21st, over 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 $4.5 million dollars have benefited more than 20 Southland charities. It’s a “berrylicious” deal for everyone!

Strawberry Trivia:

  • There is an average of 200 seeds on each strawberry and technically each yellow seed is an individual fruit itself.
  • It would take 7,000 strawberries to create the red carpet that welcomes the stars to the Academy Awards every year.
  • Strawberry juice combined with honey will reduce inflammation.

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

For more information:
California Strawberry Festival
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.