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California Lemon Festival

The festival has something for everyone: Listen and dance to live bluegrass, country, folk and pop bands; Sample the world’s best lemon meringue pie and other lemon treats; Shop the Arts & Crafts booths; Enter the Pie-eating or Lemon Cooking Contests… It’s fun for the whole family.

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California Avocado Festival

The Avocado Festival has evolved into one of the largest festivals in California with three days of fabulous food, terrific music, and great safe family fun.

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Paso Robles Olive Festival

Olive-inspired food will be prepared and served in Olive Festival Culinary Row. Cooking demonstrations and a cook-off will be held in the “Outdoors’ Kitchen Stadium” in the park. Home chefs can enter the Olive Dish Contest. They can also submit recipes for the Olive Festival Cookbook. There will be live music along with free olive oil ice cream. Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, and olive product vendors.

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Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival

Strawberry lovers will unite for one of Watsonville’s premier outdoor events at the Annual Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival in the historic downtown plaza. The multi-faceted celebration will serve up a menu of delectable strawberry delights, non-stop live community entertainment for young and old on two stages, gooey contests for berry lovers of all ages, arts and crafts, a special children’s area with strawberry projects, Strawberry Carnival, and much, much more.

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Ojai Wine Festival

From its humble beginning in 1987, the Ojai Wine Festival has grown into a leading regional event attracting about 5,000 people from throughout the central coast and southern California. The festival has played a role in introducing people to the bounty of Ojai, which has been named by Sunset Magazine as one of the top five “Food and Wine Havens in the West.”

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Castroville Artichoke Festival

This festival celebrates the importance of artichokes to Castroville, and you will find it fried, sautéed, grilled, pickled, and creamed. Artichokes aren’t the only thing being shown off at this two-day event, you’ll see a classic car show, a parade on Sunday, musical entertainment, and fun for the entire family.

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Santa Cruz Fungus Fair

The Fungus Fair features a re-created exhibit of wild mushrooms found in the wild, cooking demonstrations, mushroom experts, food vendors, and more; the event is presented by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz, and the Santa Cruz Museum.

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California Beer Festival

Legendary California Beer Festival (CBF) is back at the beautiful Mission Park in downtown Ventura! Let your taste buds dabble in a variety of delectable beers from local breweries.

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Gilroy Garlic Festival

Join us as we celebrate 35 summers of fun on the last full weekend of July at the Gilroy Garlic Festival and give cheers the “stinking rose,” which is grown, harvested, and processed in Gilroy and the surrounding area. Look for the cooking competitions and demonstrations, arts and crafts, entertainment, the children’s area and the teen zone. You can enjoy an astounding array of garlic-infused foods, calamari, scampi, pepper steak sandwiches and addictive garlic fries, as well as more unique offerings. Even if you missed the festival, we celebrate all year round. Visit one of the many shops in and around town which carry garlic products, presses, and souvenirs.

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Atascadero Wine Festival

The Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival, an annual celebration of the viticulture and San Luis Obispo County Wine Region, is the creation of a group of community leaders to help support local community projects and the Charles Paddock Zoo. Celebrating the viticulture talents, flavors, scenery and people, this unique lakeside wine festival has grown to boast wineries, renown chefs, acclaimed artists and live music. Created as a cultural event that promotes and supports the diverse offerings of Atascadero and the Central Coast, Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival has immerged as an premiere event in a ‘Norman Rockwell’ setting beside the beautiful backdrop of Atascadero Lake.

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