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California Strawberry Festival’s Strawberry Promenade Serves Up a Menu of Exciting Activities

2549471961 fe7bd2acf5 300x225 California Strawberry Festival’s Strawberry Promenade Serves Up a Menu of Exciting ActivitiesIndulge in strawberries every way imaginable at the 30th Anniversary CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL celebration May 18-19, 2013 at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard. The delicious heart-shaped fruit is the main ingredient for food, contests, attractions, Fine Arts & Crafts, concerts, and more.

Always in abundance and creatively crafted, strawberries take center stage during fun and informative presentations at the Strawberry Promenade, a tented oasis for demonstrations and interactive activities, including the live “Life of a Strawberry” exhibit taken direct from the fields.

This year’s showstopper features ingesting insects as chef Bricia Lopez of the acclaimed Guelaguetza Restaurant, introduces bugs to the pallet with a strawberry and chapulin spring salad in the Oaxacan tradition. Chapulines, aka grasshoppers, will be featured in this unforgettable presentation on Saturday, May 18th at 11:00am. Festival favorite, the Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest “Strawberry Smackdown,” presented by Ventura County Star, will be featured at the Strawberry Promenade on Saturday at 12:30pm. Two finalists will compete against the clock in a head-to-head challenge as they prepare the ultimate strawberry dish worthy of the title of “berry best.” The grand prize winner will embark on a four-night cruise vacation getaway.

Bring the kids and head over for a one-of-a kind interactive experience for the whole family as the Promenade features Make & Take Edible Strawberry Art on Sunday at 11:00am. Utilizing designer candies from Sweet XO in Agoura Hills, youngsters can test their talents transforming strawberries into yummy characters and works of art; hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

At 2:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a delightful reading of “The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear,” and get creative with a kid’s craft revolving around the “Life of a Strawberry,” courtesy of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County.

Oxnard is located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. The free Park & Ride “Strawberry Express” shuttles from convenient locations off the 101 FWY make getting to the Festival a breeze. Amtrak offers special Festival weekend discount rates (shuttles meet the trains). Parking is also available for $10 on site (3250 S. Rose Avenue in Oxnard). General admission is $12, seniors 62+ and active military and their dependents with ID are $8, kids ages 5-12 are $5, and children 4 & under are free. Hours are 10:00am to 6:30pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://strawberry-fest.org. Holiday Inn Express Port Hueneme is our official hotel. More information about the 30th Anniversary CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL May 18-19, 2013 is available by calling the toll free number 1-888-288-9242 or visit http://strawberry-fest.org.

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