Presented by Wells Fargo
A huge tented oasis buzzing with special cooking demonstrations and engaging presentations with all things strawberry.
*Events take place Saturday/Sunday unless noted as (only).
Children’s Berry Time: Strawberry-themed activities for youngsters. Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts a story time reading of “The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear” and concludes with a special guest appearance. Immediately following, Girl Scout Troop #65202 hosts a crafts carnival where kids can design their own strawberry-themed arts & crafts. Free activity packs will be provided to all participants.
1:00pm – 2:30pm (Saturday only)
Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest Championship: There’s no holding back when two finalists go head-to-head in a timed “Iron Chef” style culinary quest to prepare the ultimate strawberry dish as they vie for top honors and the coveted grand prize vacation getaway. Presented by the Ventura County Star.
1:00pm-2:30pm (Sunday only)
Strawberry Smackdown: Two chefs compete against one another and the clock in a thrilling contest where they must create a sensational strawberry dish utilizing key ingredients they only discover once the challenge begins. Participants: Acclaimed Chef Martin Ledesma of CP Catering verses Executive Chef Alejandro Castillo of Twenty88. Presented by Gold Coast Broadcasting.
Berry Best Hat Contest: Fashionistas showcase the ultimate in wearable berry bling. Cheer on contestants with the most outlandish and extraordinary berry bonnet. Hosted by Ms. Regional California America Kristen Routh, the event is presented by Players Casino. (see contest section if you’d like to participate)
Celebrity Chef: Sweet Arleen’s Berry Treats: Julia Maria Sanchez San Bartolome of Sweet Arleen’s — three-time champion of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and featured on Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets as a bread pudding favorite — shares her love of baking with the finest ingredients and indulges us with sweet treats with a signature strawberry flair.
Früli’s Festival Fun Facts Contest: Fun is brewing when Früli hosts a lively forum with an interactive quiz to test your strawberry knowledge. Prizes awarded to participants and all ages welcome. Presented by Früli Premium Strawberry Beer.