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Food, children’s activities big hits at Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival

Posted at 3:11 PM, Apr 29, 2019

Organizers of the Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival say this year’s event was a big hit, especially when it came to the food options.

While attendance for the 2019 festival was reportedly about even with 2018, organizers say they received a lot of positive comments about the food offerings and the new rides.

“The food offerings were big for us and that’s one of the things we did right this year. We got a lot of people saying that they were pleased with the variety. You know, some of them, if they didn’t try it, it was just really neat to have those experiences there,” said Shelly Cone, Santa Maria Fairpark Public Information Officer.

This year’s food offerings included some unique tastes that fit the festival’s theme, including strawberry pizza, strawberry corn dogs, and strawberry-glazed ribs.

The Food Network show, “Carnival Eats,” even stopped by to film an episode that will reportedly air this June.

A Food Network crew films an episode of “Carnival Eats” at the Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival. (Photo courtesy Santa Maria Fairpark)


The Discovery Museum Kids Activity Center was also reportedly a big hit. Kids could learn how to extract strawberry DNA and create moon sand.

Organizers report they saw large crowds through Saturday, but there was lower attendance on Sunday, likely because of the cooler weather.

The Strawberry Festival takes place annually in late April. This year, it was held over three days starting Friday, April 26.