I have lived in LA all of my life and have never taken advantage of the wonderful and interesting things and events this city and southern California have to offer.  Rory and I decided we want to start attending more local events… like festivals.  So we have a few planned for the upcoming months, like the Beaumont Cherry Festival and the Gilroy Garlic Festival (I have wanted to go for so many years). But two Sundays ago was the Oxnard Strawberry Festival.

So we got to the festival and one of the first things I saw was this lost and found sign.  Lost your car keys and your child? Don’t worry we have now combined the two into one amazing lost and found location!!! How convenient! … only at a festival will you find a sign like this.

 

Rory and I skipped breakfast that day and we were very excited to get our hands on some strawberry themed food (after all that is why we came).  First up was, of course the chocolate covered strawberries.  Mmmm…..

 

 

Then we made our way through the vendor area where there were tons of local artists and vendors selling all kinds of interesting things.  From left to right- there was a guy who would re-purpose or up-cycle silverware and turn them into something interesting and functional (like a napkin holder), there was a woman who made these gorgeous stained glass pieces, and a man who had hand carved wooden bowls.

 

   

 

Next we found our way (by nose) to the funnel cakes. Wow and Yum! We shared “The Works” with cinnamon sugar instead of powdered sugar (just to mix it up a bit).  We devoured that thing in less than 10 minutes… not quite a record, but for me it was.  Here is a picture of our delicious funnel cake – with strawberries of course.

 

 

After we finished eating we noticed that there was a whole funnel cake making line behind the tent.  It was absolutely mesmerizing to watch all these people making the funnel cakes.  Here are some photos I took – they make me want another funnel cake now!

 

       

 

Next Rory and I walked around for a bit and watched a pie throwing contest…. unfortunately it wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be…. maybe because it was little kids throwing the pies… there wasn’t much of a thrill.  We walked around a bit more and watched some live music.

Then we decided to get something more substantial to eat… Ha!  We went with the beer battered garlic and crab fries. Oh yeah! Gotta love fair food!  It was actually some of the best fries I have ever had and most definitely the best thing I ate that day.  Here is a glorious photo of the fries. Wow!!!

 

 

All in all it was a pretty good experience.  I have never been to a food festival before and wasn’t sure what to expect.  We only stayed for about three-ish hours…. and I probably wont go again.  But we had good food, a good time and a good day.  And of course we left with a case of strawberries (I froze some to make ice-cream with when I find the time).  Here is Rory with the case of strawberries…. and look a celebrity citing behind him…. STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE!!!

 

 

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