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Nothing Sweeter! Feast at the Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival

There are always plenty of festivities to attend on Memorial Day weekend, but folks in the know opt to be in the historic Village of Arroyo Grande, just down the road from Pismo Beach, for the annual Strawberry Festival. Thousands of visitors make their way to Pismo Beach’s neighboring town to participate in or simply attend this merry festival. 

A Berrylicious Weekend in Pismo Beach

Chocolate-covered strawberry skewer anyone? Yes, please! If you were looking for an excuse to indulge in one of the finest fruits, look no further. Held on May 25 and 26, the Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival is one of California’s largest festivals, a family-style event that draws in locals and visitors alike. 2013 marks the 30th year for this special event – and the berry harvest is like no other!

Over 60 food booths lined Olohan Alley last year, so you can easily enjoy three square meals – including the Strawberry Pancake Breakfast – but don’t neglect to leave plenty of room for delectable, must-taste strawberry delicacies, from shortcakes to funnel cakes, milkshakes to berries by the box.

Berry Sweet Treats for Kids and Adults

From jugglers to rock climbing towers, rides to bouncy houses, the Strawberry Festival’s Kiddie Carnival gives young attendees plenty of rides and games to keep them happy from morning to evening. And every festival goer will find tunes to suit their tastes with live entertainment including a mix of ethnic, folk, blues, jazz, and contemporary music, along with some good old rock ‘n’ roll.

There is no shortage of every kind of strawberry at the festival, from real to artistic – and, as a juried show, every vendor has earned its place among the masses. Don’t miss the Strawberry Cook-Off Contest, the Arts & Crafts Show, and the Strawberry Shortcake and T-shirt booths. And, of course, what would a strawberry festival be without a Strawberry Blonde Contest and a Strawberry Prince & Princess Contest?

Run for Your Strawberries

You expect wine country to be known for some grape stomping, but strawberries? The Strawberry Stampede, held in conjunction with the Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival, is a 5K run, 10K run, and 5K walk on Memorial Day, Sunday, May 26, 2013. Race day Registration on corner of Short Street & Nelson opens at 6:45am.

The race is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pismo Beach. All of the money raised by the Strawberry Stampede is put back into the local community in support of youth causes. There’s no better reason to run! (Plus, you can work off those strawberry sweets you inhaled – and have a good excuse to enjoy some more!)

Sweet Dreams in Pismo Beach

If you’re making your way to the Central Coast for this premiere festival, make your reservations at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel in Pismo Beach now because the Strawberry Festival draws a crowd! Many of our guests find other reasons to come early and stay later than just the Memorial Day weekend. With so much to do in Pismo Beach and on the Central Coast, those delicious berries are just the tip of the iceberg. Dig into everything our area has to offer – from fruit to wine, sand to surf.

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