Apr 26, 2013 9:11 PM by April Hansen, KSBY News

Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival kicks off with mouthwatering treats

Spring is here and that means it's fair food season.

At the Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival, you'll find everything from ice cream, pizza, nachos, and of course, strawberry shortcake.

"I've been here a week setting up," said Judy Henbury, local food vendor.

Henbury has been hand dipping corn dogs since the first festival 26 years ago, and says she always wants fresh and safe food leaving her truck.

"We don't just come and open our doors. There's a lot of work," said Henbury, and she's ready when the health officials come knocking.

The Santa Barbara County Health Department does regular checks on food trucks to make sure the food is prepared properly and safely.

"We are actually looking for the same things we look for anytime we are looking at a restaurant," said Larry Fay.

Fay is with the health department and says it is their busy season as well.

"There is a lot of time spent in training and education of the vendors. A lot of people are regulars, they know the drill, they know what's going on," said Fay.

Henbury says she hopes the customers leave feeling well and with food they can't get anywhere else.

"We make our own dough and you can get that at a fair," said Henbury.

Click here for more information on the Strawberry Festival.

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