The Santa Maria Valley may be most famous for its world-class barbecue, fine wines and sensational strawberries, but it is also home to a remarkable agricultural bounty that will be celebrated this weekend and the 1st annual Salad Bowl Festival in Guadalupe.

The event, which will be held at LeRoy Park at 4630 11th Street on Sunday, September 12, will feature a salad dressing recipe contest, family and kid-friendly games, arts and crafts, music and entertainment, food, beer and wine, and information booths promoting healthy living. Keeping in the spirit of the theme, the games include “cabbage bowling” where actual cabbages are rolled at pins; a “broccoli toss” in the vein of tic-tac-toe; and “gunnysack races” where participants retrieve carrots and croutons and place them in a salad bowl. Salad dressing entries will be judged in two categories: “creamy” or “vinaigrette.”

Conceived by Guadalupe residents and merchants, the Salad Bowl Festival was established to promote the City of Guadalupe and to celebrate the region as a place for healthy, high-quality produce. Click here to visit the event web site.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to taste and celebrate the wondrous natural flavors of the Santa Maria Valley!

P.S. Special thanks to Reka Badger of the Santa Maria Sun, KKFX Television, Santa Maria Times, Santa Barbara News Press and others for spreading the word about this one-of-a-kind event in the heart of Santa Maria BBQ country.