Attention all berry lovers! The wait is over, and the California Strawberry Festival 2023 is back! Get ready for a weekend of sweet indulgence, exciting events, and mouthwatering treats that will make your taste buds dance. This year, the festival is shaking things up and moving to the Ventura County Fairgrounds, where you can enjoy iconic views and a vibrant downtown just a few blocks away. So grab your family, mark your calendars for May 20-21, 2023, and get ready to satisfy your strawberry cravings like never before!
Here is what to expect from the Californian Strawberry Festival 2023:
Eats & Treats
One of the biggest draws of the California Strawberry Festival is, of course, the food. With over 50 food booths, you'll be able to satisfy all your cravings. From strawberry nachos and pizza to strawberry tamales and popcorn, there's no limit to the creative and delicious ways strawberries can be used. And let's not forget the classic strawberry shortcake, which you can customize to your heart's content for just $5.
Did you know that an average strawberry has about 200 seeds, and each yellow seed is technically an individual fruit itself? It's also fascinating to note that it takes 7,000 strawberries to create the red carpet that welcomes stars to the Academy Awards every year. And if you want to reduce inflammation or sunburn, try rubbing a mixture of strawberry juice and honey into your skin before rinsing off with warm water and lemon juice.
Jest in Time Family Fun Stage
The Jest in Time Family Fun Stage, presented by WonderFold, is where you'll find non-stop live performances for kids of all ages. From puppet and magic shows to the popular Berry Baby Fashion Parade, there's something for everyone. The Berry Baby Fashion Parade, presented by Southern California Ford Dealers, is open to infants up to four years of age, and all participants receive recognition. Check the website for the full schedule.
Strawberry Tart Toss
Who doesn't love a little competition? Take aim and get ready for some in-your-face fun at the Strawberry Tart Toss. For just $5, you can throw three tarts at your selected target (mom, dad, or anyone you choose) from 11 am to 2 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm.
Berry Baby Fashion Parade
Get ready to say "aww" because it's time for the Berry Baby Fashion Parade! Watch as the cutest little ones, with a little help from their parents, strut their stuff on stage, causing the crowd to erupt in "oohs and aahs." It's an adorable sight you won't want to miss! And the best part? All participants receive recognition, so every baby is a winner. The Berry Baby Fashion Parade will take place at 2:00 PM on both days of the festival at the Family Fun Stage. It's open to infants up to four years of age, so bring your little ones dressed in their berry best!
If you're in the mood for some music, you won't be disappointed by the festival's spectacular music lineup featuring a variety of bands. And if you're looking for something for the little ones, the Jest in Time Family Fun Stage has got you covered with non-stop live performances throughout the day.
Kids rule at Strawberryland! This magical oasis has everything a young heart could desire, from rides and attractions to face painting and special appearances. And if you're looking for convenient baby assistance services, you'll find them here too.
Carnival Rides and Berry Kids Inflatable Rides
Kids will enjoy a variety of fun carnival rides, from the Silver Streak to the Go Gator and more. Tickets cost $2 each. And don't miss the chance to bounce to your heart's content on the free Berry Kids Inflatable Rides located at the south end of the festival near the Yellow Gate.
Kids Care Zone
Parents, you'll appreciate the Kids Care Zone, which features a nursing station, baby changing area, and free fingerprinting IDs for youngsters courtesy of Kids Are 1st.
Arts & Crafts
Art lovers won't want to miss the nearly 200 artists and crafters from across the nation showcasing their original works. From paintings and sculptures to jewelry and specialty foods, there's something for everyone.
New this year, the festival is proud to present Ninja Nation's world-class traveling obstacle course experience. Challenge yourself for just $10 per person and climb, swing, and bounce your way to victory in the ultimate ninja course. It's a great opportunity to develop skills, strength, and confidence.
The new location of the festival at the Ventura County Fairgrounds provides a picturesque backdrop with iconic views. Ventura, located just a few blocks away, offers a vibrant downtown with plenty of hotels, restaurants, and nightlife. The Fairgrounds' convenient location right off the 101 freeway provides onsite parking, free shuttle service, and close proximity to the adjacent Amtrak station, making it easier than ever to get to the festival.
The Ventura County Fairground is located at 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001. Tickets for the festival are $8 for kids 5 to 12, $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors. A fee of $2.48 will be added to each ticket. Kids under 5 are FREE. You can purchase your tickets in advance online.
Don't forget to take cash as all food and beverage vendors only accept cash. ATMs are available within the festival for your convenience.
The California Strawberry Festival 2023 promises to be an unforgettable sweet experience. From delicious food to exciting events and entertainment, there's something for everyone. So gather your friends and family, mark your calendars, and get ready for a weekend of berrylicious fun!
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