We finally got to experience the California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard for the first time. It was huge, well-organized, there were lots of things to do and best of all, there were lots of yummy foods to dig into. Rides, games, food, arts & craft, we had a berry blast.
We got to Oxnard early to make sure we can find parking at the Strawberry Festival. And everyone has the same thought coz’ there were already people lining up at the gate entrance when we got there. Getting in was pretty smooth. There were signs everywhere pointing to the festival and ushers helping you get to the parking. It’s nice to see that the festival was really big yet well organized.
Once parked, there’s different gates to get inside depending on where you end up parking at. We entered at the red entrance and there’s ticket booths in case you didn’t get your tickets online and a row of port-o-potty. The red entrance is closer to the food booths. While the blue entrance is closer to the carnival rides.
Once inside, we were greeted by really sweet strawberry sample from one of the booths selling fresh strawberries. Then food booths were everywhere. And I mean everywhere.. where should I start? There were strawberry pizza, strawberry nacho, strawberry popcorn and chocolate dipped strawberries. As well as non strawberry food items like BBQs, Thai food, tacos, pupusas. And one that really caught my eye and my hunger pangs was the garlic crab fries. Drool!! There’s also alcoholic drinks including strawberry margarita.
We proceeded to strawberryland where all the kiddy rides were at. The Strawberry Festival ride tickets were a $1 each and all rides required 1 ticket each. And since we got there early. There was hardly any line at the rides and at the same time the rides were really long, not your typical 2 spins and you’re done. Win-win situation. There were about 10 carnival rides perfect for young kids and a really high bungee jump for the thrill seeker. Our daughter went on 5 rides and didn’t wanna leave. I personally like this heart ride that spins and you can also manually spin the heart yourself.
There’s also other games like stack a strawberry shortcake for $5 and the strawberry tart toss. A huge arts & craft section, there was a puppet show and so many more. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay very long coz’ we had to go to 2 more events yesterday. But I look forward to going again and staying longer next year. We left by noon and the parking lots were all full already. And shuttles were coming in.