The 2017 California Strawberry Festival is the perfect summer kickoff! Located at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard, this “berrilicious” event has expanded by 50% this year and now covers 15 acres. Fairgoers can now enjoy over 50 food booths, live concerts, 200+ arts & crafts exhibitors, and cooking demonstrations as well as a Strawberryland for Kids with rides and attractions. The Strawberryland Kids Theatre presented by Wells Fargo hosts live shows throughout the day. Be sure to enter the “Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest” if you have children under the age of 4 years old for prizes. Proceeds to the event will benefit Southland charities. All the non-profit food booths receive 100 percent of their sales proceeds. This 34th annual festival is on Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st this year!
One of our favorite places to pick strawberries in Orange County is at Tanaka Farms in Irvine. Right now they have STRAWBERRY TOURS which is an hour guided wagon tour around their 30 acre farm. We learn about the different produce they grow, history of the farm, farming methods, sample a variety of farm fresh vegetables next to where they are grown, and then we stop to pick our own strawberries. Each paying customer receives a 1-pound container to fill to take home. I have been taking the children for years, and we still love it!