The California Strawberry Festival on May 21 and 22 in Oxnard is the perfect summer kick-off benefitting more than 40 Southland charities, events and attractions including a strawberry pie eating contest, strawberry relay race, strawberry shortcake build-off contest, best berry hat and berry baby contests and an incredible array of strawberry treats; plus arts and crafts, and Strawberryland for kids. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 for kids.
The area is also known for several breweries so this handy list should be helpful once you get there. The Anacapa Brewing Company is Venturaʼs only restaurant and brewery, or “Brewpub”. They serve hand-crafted ales and lagers produced in their 12-tank stainless steel brewery. Casa Agria Speciality Ales is a small brewery focused on mixed fermentation farmhouse style ales and barrel aged wild ales. With literal roots in the community, their beer uses locally-grown fruit to craft world class flavor. Institution Ale Company is a Camarillo based family owned micro-brewery regarded as a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Poseidon Brewing Company is known for their creative, interesting brews and is regarded as one of the best breweries in Ventura County Coast. Surf Brewery pays homage to the local environment. Choose from beers like Foam Board Sour Blonde Ale and the County Line Rye Pale APA.
If you are looking for places to stay, nestled in the heart of beautiful Old Town Camarillo is Bella Capri Inn & Suites, known for its true hospitality, newly renovated hotel rooms and sun-bathed courtyard. Family owned and operated, they strive to make your experience a memorable one. Another option is the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort, located on the beautiful Mandalay Beach, just 60 minutes up-coast from Los Angeles. Enjoy a AAA Four Diamond rating experience with spacious two-room suites and a wide variety of amenities to help you relax, work and play.
For other activities and attractions in the area during your visit, remember to check out the local visitors website for venues, dates, times and prices. Have a sweet time at the Strawberry Festival!