Santa Maria Valley Strawberry FestivalNo Santa Maria Style Barbecue feast is complete without a dessert made with fresh locally grown strawberries, and the best time to experience these homegrown treats is at the 22nd annual Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival on April 24-26 at the Santa Maria Fairpark.

Santa Maria Valley strawberries are renowned for their juicy, flavorful character, and more than 10 varieties are grown in the area across 6,000 acres. Santa Maria Valley strawberries are distributed both nationally and internationally, but there is nothing like enjoying them fresh from the fields at the Strawberry Festival.

As always, the 2009 Strawberry festival will abound with cooking demonstrations, strawberry desserts, live music, carnival rides and more. Click here for more information on attending the festival.