Garden Grove Strawberry Festival Pictures and Information


The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is an event for the entire family and a top choice if you like strawberries. Held each year on Memorial Day weekend, there are plenty of strawberries to go around.

 

Up on the Central Coast just a mere 230 miles distance is another popular Strawberry Festival in Arroyo Grande. There are plenty of strawberries to go around at both events and folks certainly have their pick of the crop on this weekend.  In addition to strawberries, another event, National Orange Show Festival serves up another beloved fruit in Riverside County. If Memorial Weekend offers a glimpse into the hot summer days, Californians won't be going hungry or wanting for meals.

Garden Grove's Strawberry Festival follows after several popular events, the Santa Maria Strawberry Festival in April, and Oxnard Strawberry Festival in May.

 

The Garden Grove event appeals to mostly a local audience, but its close proximity to Disneyland makes it an ideal escape from the theme park for a few hours of fun while you're wandering around Anaheim and its neighbor city, Garden Grove.

 

What's so special about the delicious, red berries picked fresh from the fields? Their sweet flavor makes them a consumer favorite. In fact, California's strawberries are quite popular around the globe, but because of their short shelf life, they are normally flown to their destinations. While we Californians like to think about our beaches and other assets, places such as Japan thinks of California as the place where they get their strawberries from, for one.

 

At the Garden Grove event, the atmosphere is like a scaled down fair. There are mostly kiddie carnival rides, plus a few adult thrill rides. There's a fairway, food booths and homespun entertainment with beauty queens, singers, dance acts and the usual stuff. In addition to strawberry pie eating contests, the highlight of the event are the strawberry shortcake plates served to thousands of people. Community organizations serve up the berries on pieces of sweet, white cake, topping the dessert with canned whipped cream topping. It is delicious, and not fattening. NO! No way can whipped cream and sugary desserts be fattening, right?

 

Where to stay: You are in luck! Garden Grove offers many family hotels. With close proximity to Disneyland parks, there are nearly 200 hotels within a five to ten mile distance of the Strawberry Festival. Awesome! Some of the local favorites include: The Holiday Inn Garden Grove is fairly new. It opened in 2003. When I checked a month early for Memorial Weekend, they showed availability under $100 (subject to change...always!) Another value when I looked to book was the Hampton Inn. It also was under $100. I chose Hyatt Regency hotel in Garden Grove because Hyatt has the firm bed that I need, so I was especially to surprised to find the room there costing only $124, plus $15 parking. I grabbed that room, because just down the road a few miles, Huntington Beach Hyatt was charging $275, plus $25 parking; over in Long Beach the Hyatt was sold out; Newport Beach Hyatt was $215, plus $16 parking fees.

 

Location:  Near downtown Garden Grove at Main Street and Euclid. 

  "A Tradition Since 1958"  Four  fun filled days of  festivities with the largest community  parade on the West Coast. All proceeds going to local charities, scholarships and non profit organizations. Large carnival with several thrilling rides. Almost 200 vendors selling products of all sorts. Crafts fair, beautiful baby contest, the worlds largest strawberry short cake, with over 250,000 people attending the four day event. strawberryfestival.org. 

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