ENTER THE 33rd ANNUAL CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL POSTER CONTEST AND TAKE HOME THE $2,000 GRAND PRIZE
Art and strawberries can be a fruitful enterprise. Just think berry bliss and enter the 33rd Annual California Strawberry Festival Official Poster Contest where $2,000 and four VIP tickets to the 2016 celebration May 21 & 22 are awarded to the winner. The entry deadline is Friday, January 8, 2016 in what has become a popular tradition to showcase each season since the prestigious Festival began in 1984.
The annual poster serves as a revered symbol of the seasonal strawberry celebration at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard. The poster will be available for purchase event weekend and the colorful design will also adorn collectible T-shirts and promotional items to commemorate 2016.
Open to all who wish to share their artistic expression, submissions will be viewed by a judging panel looking for creativity and best use of theme while paying tribute to Ventura County’s unique landscape. No more than two entry submissions accepted for consideration from each artist. No entries accepted from artists who have previously won the grand prize on two occasions.
All original art work for consideration must be 16.5” wide and 17” high, centered and mounted on a black matte board 18.5” wide and 19” high. The finished product must be reproduction compatible and void of any writing, including the date (the year and event logo will be inserted in production). Contact name, address, phone and email should be easily viewed on the back. Prior to the deadline and without exception, entries can be mailed or hand delivered to the Festival office 1661 Pacific Avenue #15, Oxnard, CA 93033. (805-385-4739).
The winner will be notified within two weeks of the deadline. Posters will not be returned and must be picked up from the Festival office any time after the fourth week of January. The winning original design and all rights of the winning design will become the property of the California Strawberry Festival.
2015 winner Sandra Gilmore shows off her original design.
View our poster gallery below.
The Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest
California Strawberry Festival Annual Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest
If you love cooking with the berry heart shaped fruit as the main ingredient, then enter the Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest, presented by the Ventura County Star. You could be the winner who goes on vacation to celebrate! All contestants who submit a recipe will be awarded a free ticket to this year’s Festival. (limited to one person/one per family/one per residence)
*Alethia Shih: Steamed Strawberry Coconut Poke Cake
*Jodi Taffel: Strawberry Vinaigrette Marinated Bacon Steak Over Warm Spinach Strawberry & Hazelnut Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette Reduction, Giner Scallion Sauce & Strawberry Caviar
Festival organizers are searching for the tastiest non-baking strawberry dish for the popular timed challenge that culminates Saturday, May 22nd in the Festival’s Strawberry Promenade when two finalists prepare and present their recipes for judges and festival attendees in the ultimate “strawberry smack down.”
Applicants must enter a non-baking strawberry recipe with their favorite sauce, dessert, entrée, dip, drink, jam, spread, appetizer, snack, etc. – the more creative and complex the dish, the better. Submissions will be accepted until noon April 11, 2016. Five finalists will be selected to compete in a timed, iron chef-style challenge Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00am at the professional kitchen of the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard, where they must prepare and present their strawberry dish within one hour. The judges select two finalists to continue on with VIP access in a competition for the ultimate reward at the Festival Saturday.
The grand prize winner will choose from a three-day, two night getaway vacation to Palm Springs, San Diego, Cabo San Lucas or Branson, Missouri, courtesy of Welk Resorts (airfare not included), and a Cutco studio knife set valued at more than $1,000. The runner up will receive an overnight stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard along with a complimentary dinner for two at acclaimed Tierra Sur Restaurant at Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard.
Annual Elementary School Youth Art Design Contest
Each year, the Festival reaches out to elementary schools throughout districts in Ventura and Las Virgenes to engage students — kindergarten to sixth grade — in the annual Youth Art Design Contest. Every one of the thousands of students who participate receive a Festival ticket as an appreciation for their efforts.
Left to right: Principal Kelly Castillo, Daisy Tatum of the CA Strawberry Festival, 2015 winner Diamaya Avila, and her teacher Andrea Stetler (right)