Strawberry Time Soon to Burst in Santa Maria

If it is springtime, you can bet that fruit-tastic festivites will be in full bloom.

COULD YOU HOP, from weekend to weekend, starting in springtime, and never miss a strawberry-themed festival in the state of California? Well, you might come a little short, but you still won't be short of shortcakes, for there are plenty of parties celebrating the juicy berry, even if they don't actually happen each and every spring weekend. The Central Coast is about to get the sweetness going for 2019, with the Santa Maria Strawberry Festival, which lends a bright red kick to the final weekend of April 2019.

FOR SURE, there shall be cooking demonstrations, as befits any festival built around a certain food, as well as "FREE strawberry tasting" as well as competitions centered around nearly everyone's favorite meal category (that would be dessert). Entertainment, a petting zoo, a carnival for kids, and other light-as-air, April-effervescent events'll dot the festival schedule.

IF YOU LOVE STRAWBERRIES, well, keep on weekend-hopping, for a number of festivals are on the horizon, as well as a summertime shindig. BerryFest Strawberry Festival in Roseville, the California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard, and the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival are all happening at various points in May (so, yes, you could visit each, as each event is landing on its own distinct weekend). And the strawberry-themed bash up near Monterey? We're looking at you, dear Watsonville, with a grumbly tummy and a desire to eat baskets of strawberries, early August.

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