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10 reasons to head to BerryFest in Roseville

Annual BerryFest features tasty treats, chef demos, music and more
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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This year's BerryFest is all about the kids, but that doesn't mean grown-ups won't also have fun - after all, there will be strawberry beer available by Lost Coast Brewery.

Be sure to check out these other must-do features of BerryFest at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville.

1. Pancake breakfast: Roseville Boy Scouts will dish out hot pancakes topped with fresh local strawberries and whipped cream, with sizzling sausage, orange juice and milk. The Scouts will serve from 8-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and your $8 breakfast fee includes admission to the festival.

"If you laid all of the pancakes cooked by the Boy Scouts at (last year's) festival side-by-side, they would almost encircle the fairgrounds," according to event organizer John Javidan, of Johny 5 Productions.

2. Little Miss Strawberry Pageant: Girls ages 1 to 15 will compete in the pageant, which runs from 1-2:15 p.m. Saturday and is hosted by Kennedy Pageant Productions.

3. Celebrity chef demos: The Strawberry Kitchen will feature celebrity chef Michael Marks, aka Your Produce Man, conducting cooking demonstrations at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

4. Strawberry treats: Taste test some delectable strawberry-inspired concoctions, including strawberry flan, pizza, cookies, tamales, salsa, barbecue sauce and kettle corn.

"All food vendors must incorporate strawberries into their menu, and it gets creative," Javidan said. "All the strawberries are California grown and sold by the farmers themselves."

5. Shortcake eating contest: Think you have the chops to chow down the most shortcake against hungry competitors? If you're over 18, put your skills to the test and try to eat the most shortcake - determined by weight - in two minutes without using your hands.

The contest takes place at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the $15 entrant fee benefits Boy Scouts of America.

6. Bands in the Beer Garden: The Golden West Trio Band featuring Miss Kay Marie performs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. They'll be followed by Briefcase Full of Blues, a Blues Brothers tribute band, who takes the stage 3-6 p.m. Hot Rods will perform rock 'n' roll hits from the 1950s and '60s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, followed by Because, a Beatles cover band with a loyal following, from 3-6 p.m.

"Because fans have been calling to check times (when they'll perform)," said Barbara Winnie, of the Placer County Fairgrounds.

7. Pony rides and petting zoo: $5 covers the cost of a pony ride and $2 will get your kid into the petting zoo.

8. Arts and crafts booths: More than 100 vendors will display their arts and crafts on both days of the event.

9. Scout-O-Rama: Scout-o-Rama runs all day Saturday and includes a climbing wall, mule packing, a K-9 unit, rope making and much more. Kids will also be able to make potted plants as gifts for Mother's Day.

10. Strawberry classic car cruise: Classic cars hit the fairgrounds Sunday, and 17 judged awards will be given out to the best in the bunch. That includes the "Strawberry Classic" award, which honors the cruiser that looks most like a strawberry. The award ceremony takes place at 4 p.m. in the Beer Garden.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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BerryFest

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13

Where: Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All American City Blvd. in Roseville

Cost: $5 parking, $8 general admission, $5 kids and seniors

Info: www.feedmestrawberries.com or (916) 786-2023