Your favorite strawberry dish could be your gateway to a vacation resort when you enter the 2014 California Strawberry “Berry Blast Off” Recipe contest, presented by the Ventura County Star. All contestants who submit a recipe will be awarded a free ticket to the 31st annual celebration May 17 and 18 in Oxnard at Strawberry Meadows of College Park.
Festival organizers are searching for the tastiest non-baking strawberry dish for the popular timed challenge that culminates Saturday, May 17th 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 the dish, the better. Submissions will be accepted until noon April 11, 2014. Five finalists will be selected to compete in a timed, iron chef-style challenge Tuesday, May 6at 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 May 17th. 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 close to $500. 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.
Berry Blast Off rules & guidelines are available at: http://strawberry-fest.org/preevents/#/1
Send recipes with name/address/phone/contact info to:
*By email: [email protected] (please submit in both memo and attachment form)
*By fax: 805/ 385-4729
*By mail: California Strawberry Festival, Attn: Berry Blast Off, 1661 Pacific Avenue #15, Oxnard, CA 93033
April 11, 2014
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.
April 11, 2014
Strawberry Meadows of College Park
3250 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard
Lisa Carey Public Relations
818 889 1085