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

Contest Area presented by Coca Cola

Strawberry Festival Community Connection

Pre-Festival Contests

Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest

Presented by Ventura County Star

Do you have what it takes to take the title of Berry Best Recipe? If so, enter your best original, non-baking, strawberry recipe of your favorite sauce, dessert, entré, dip, drink, jam, spread, appetizer, snack, etc.

Each entrant receives a complimentary ticket to attend this year’s Festival. Grand prize winner and runner up will each receive fabulous prizes.

And this year it’s quicker and easier to enter because your entry can now be completed online.

Contest Rules


Enter Contest Here

Hearty congratulations to Elizabeth Koseyan of North Hills who took the grand prize for the 2017 Contest with her savory Korean Style Strawberry Marinated Beef Tacos in Lettuce Leaves and Daikon Radish Sweet and Spicy Kimchi!

Previous Winners Recipes

2017 Winner – Korean Style Strawberry Marinated Beef Tacos in Lettuce Leaves and Daikon Radish Sweet and Spicy Kimchi

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

2015 Winner A – Strawberry Vinaigrette Marinated Bacon Steak Spinach Salad

2015 Winner B – Steamed Strawberry Coconut Poke Cake

2014 Winner – Spicy Strawberry Five Spice Chicken Wings 

2013 Winner – Strawberry Coconut No-Bake Tiramisu

Fan Favorite Band Contest (Formerly Berry Battle of the Bands Contest)

Presented by Cumulus Media

Our Fan Favorite Battle of the Bands Contest is close to starting. The winning band, chosen by you the fans, will have a coveted spot in our lineup.

More information coming soon!

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 35th Anniversary Festival with branding and souvenir posters, collectible t-shirts and merchandise.

In 2017 we opened up our submissions to include the digital arts. This year, we offered an online submission option.

Congratulations to Natasha Aitouganov of Sherman Oaks who is our 2018 winner. Born in Belarus, Natasha began drawing at the young age of seven. Her parents, realizing her talent, immediately enrolled her in art school. After immigrating to the United States in 1993, she studied production design at the American Film Institute. She has been a production designer for many years as well as a professional artist.

Natasha used a combination of line graphics and watercolors to produce her digital art piece. When asked about her process, she answered, “When I began thinking about the poster design, I asked myself, ‘what’s the best thing about strawberries? Naturally, it’s their taste.’” Her winning design perfectly captures the wonderfully delicious taste of our Festival’s namesake.

This is the first time Natasha has entered the California Strawberry Festival’s official poster contest and she’s very happy she did. “Winning the contest is an incredible feeling!”

To check out the posters since 1984 click here

Elementary School Youth Art Design Contest

Elementary School Youth Art Design Contest

Each year, the Festival reaches out to Ventura County school districts inviting teachers and their K through 6th grade students to create a colorful strawberry design as part of their curriculum highlighting Ventura County’s rich agricultural heritage. All students who submit a design receive a free ticket to the Festival. Finalists receive recognition and prizes.

Click here for info and guidelines

Click here for Youth Design Entry Form



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

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

Presented by Players Casino

3:00pm at the Strawberry Promenade
Bring your own beautiful berry bonnet creation 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 fabulous prizes.

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 fabulous prizes including a portrait session and $100 print credit with Toki Lee Photography; Petunia Pickle Bottom  and a $50 certificate to Smart & Final.