A berry delicious season

illustration by mark stivers

Placer County Fairgrounds

800 All America City Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95678

(916) 786-2023

Some say that summer officially starts on the summer solstice, June 20. Others might say it starts when strawberries ripen. For said group, this weekend’s BerryFest in Roseville (Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Boulevard) must be a welcoming party of sorts for the delicious (and hot) season. Happening Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the annual celebration features family entertainment and a gourmet menu of strawberry-infused foods—like strawberry pizza and strawberry beer. Other unique festival events include a strawberry shortcake-eating contest, a car show and cooking demonstrations. For more information, visit BerryFest’s website (www.feedmestrawberries.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/berryfest). And if you can’t make it out this weekend but still want to eat local strawberries, check out a digital map of local strawberry farms and stands created by the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources at http://strawberrymap.ucanr.org.