Contests

A multitude of engaging activities let you enjoy the celebration by joining in the experience.

Contest Area presented by Coca Cola

California Strawberry Sponsor
Strawberry Festival Community Connection

Contests at the Festival


Strawberry Tart Toss

Strawberry Tart Toss

11:00am and 2:30pm
Ready set goooooo! Take aim for in your face fun.


Strawberry Pie Eating

Strawberry Pie Eating

1:00pm and 4:00pm
A timed challenge you can really sink your teeth into. Devour every last bite of strawberry pie, sans utensils. Available to contestants 13 years of age or older.


Strawberry Relay

Strawberry Relay

5:00pm
You and a teammate go through a series of obstacles to assemble and then consume, a strawberry dish in record time.


Berry Best Hat Contest Berry Best Hat Contest

Berry Best Hat Contest

Presented by Players Casino

3:00pm at the Strawberry Promenade
Create your own berry bonnet that puts the Kentucky Derby to shame and parade your strawberry style for the judges. Sign up at the Strawberry Promenade 30 minutes prior. Must be at least 15 years of age.

Winner receives: Gift certificate for a two-night stay at the beautiful Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort on the shores of Oxnard, a gift certificate to the Patio Restaurant at Players Casino, and a $100 gift certificate to the award winning Tierra Sur Restaurant at Herzog Wine Cellars. Also 4 tickets to a pre-season LA Rams home game in August (Rams verses Cowboys or Chargers)

 


Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest

Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest

Presented by Smart & Final

3:30pm at the Strawberryland Kids Theatre
Open to infants up to four years of age. Youngsters, with the help of their parents, parade across the stage to garner “oohs and aahs” from the crowd. All participants receive recognition. Sign up at the Strawberryland Kids Theatre 30 minutes prior.

Winner receives: A portrait session and $100 print credit with Toki Lee Photography; Petunia Pickle Buttom designer diaper tote bag, and a $50 gift certificate to the award winning Tierra Sur Restaurant at Herzog Wine Cellars and a $50 gift certificate to Smart & Final. Also 4 tickets to a pre-season LA Rams home game in August (Rams verses Cowboys or Chargers)


Pre-Festival Contests


Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest

Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest

Presented by Ventura County Star

Thank you to all who submitted yummy recipes! Each will receive a complimentary ticket to attend this year’s Festival.

Applicants entered an original non-baking strawberry recipe of their favorite sauce, dessert, entrée, dip, drink, jam, spread, appetizer, snack, etc.

Our five semi-finalists have competed and two finalists have been selected.

The 2017 Finalists who will compete in the Championship at the Strawberry Promenade Saturday, May 20th at 1PM:

*Elizabeth Koseyan of North Hills with her savory Korean Style Strawberry Marinated Beef Tacos In Lettuce Leaves and Daikon Radish Sweet and Spicy Kimchi.

*Brenda Wong of Los Angeles with her sweet Strawberry-Filled Chocolate Crepes with Strawberry-Pomegranate Wine Sauce.

The grand prize winner will choose from a four-day, three night VIP getaway vacation at a Welk Resorts villa property in either Palm Springs, San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, or Branson, Missouri (airfare not included), and a Cutco studio knife set valued at close to $500. The runner up will receive an overnight stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard along with a complimentary dinner for two at the acclaimed Tierra Sur Restaurant at Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard. This contest is also recognized as a qualifier for the World Food Championships.

 

Contest Rules

Previous Winners Recipes

2013 Winner – Strawberry Coconut No-Bake Tiramisu

2014 Winner – Spicy Strawberry Five Spice Chicken Wings 

2015 Winner A – Strawberry Vinaigrette Marinated Bacon Steak Spinach Salad

2015 Winner B – Steamed Strawberry Coconut Poke Cake

2016 Winner – Lemongrass-Ginger Strawberry Shrimp Crisps & Strawberry Avocado Mash


Strawberry Spirit Facebook Photo Contest Strawberry Spirit Facebook Photo Contest

Strawberry Spirit Facebook Photo Contest

Presented by Wescom Credit Union

Submit your favorite photo of the California Strawberry Festival and you could win free tickets to attend the Festival. Weekly winners. Click here for details


Berry Battle of the Bands Contest Berry Battle of the Bands Contest

Berry Battle of the Bands Contest

Presented by Cumulus Media

It was a tough decision for the judging committee, but we have a winner of the 5th Annual “Berry Battle of the Bands Contest,” presented by Cumulus Media. We sincerely appreciate all who participated in the quest. There were many diverse talents who shared their passion.

Road Brothers Band with Julien Martinez of NBC’s “The Voice” and lead guitarist Andre Flores will take home the $1,000 prize purse and take to the Festival Stage Sunday, May 21st from 11am to noon. Both 21 years of age, the twosome have been “jammin” together since the 8th grade. Julien was most recently seen on “The Voice” coached by Adam Levine in a process that began last May with an LA audition that included 40,000 contestants from across the U.S. Their Blues and Rock style with influences of psychedelic rock caught the attention of the judges. Congratulations guys!


Official Poster Contest

Official Poster Contest

As a symbol of each annual celebration, we showcase an original work from the winner of our poster contest. It’s been a part of the Festival’s heritage since our inception and has grown to become a coveted honor of recognition. The grand prizewinner receives $2,000 and their creation serves as the symbol of the 2017 Festival with branding and souvenir merchandise with posters and collectible t-shirts.

This year we opened up our submissions to include the digital arts, and we had a record 70 entries – including an inquiry from as far away as Italy. Our winner lives in Ventura County along the shores of the pacific. As a nationally acclaimed artist her works hang in many homes throughout the nation. She is a master at digital watercolor technique. Using a virtual canvas, she mixes her colors and paint traditionally, using a stylus, graphics tables and computer software instead of regular brushes. We think the creative result is nothing short of breathtaking.

Congratulations to Nomi Wagner of Nomi Wagner Portrait Artist, pictured here with the winning creation.

To check out the posters since 1984 click here


Elementary School Youth Art Design Contest

Elementary School Youth Art Design Contest

Each year, Festival organizers reach out to school districts throughout the southland and Ventura County inviting teachers and their K-6th grade students to create a colorful strawberry design as part of a study plan about the region’s rich agricultural heritage. Students with the top creations receive recognition and prizes and all participating youths get a free ticket to the Festival.

This year’s winner is five-year-old Fatima Ponce, from Hathaway Elementary School in Oxnard. Her whimsical design of a rollerskating strawberry was the top pick from 951 entries. Fatima’s art work will be on display Festival weekend in the Community Connections booth. In honor of her accomplishment, Festival organizers brought a party to her kindergarten classroom and presented her with her framed artwork and a $100 gift certificate.

Click here for info and guidelines

Click here for Youth Design Entry Form