Celebrate end of National Strawberry Month at Strawberry Festival benefiting Women’s Center in Santa Cruz

Get a recipe to make this strawberry balsamic pizza at the California Strawberries web site

Get a recipe to make this strawberry balsamic pizza at the California Strawberries web site

At the strawberry festival on Saturday June 1, which benefits the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center, you can win dinner for 2 at 12 Santa Cruz restaurants. That’s the delicious Grand Prize of the event’s raffle.

This is the 25th annual festival for WAWC (Walnut Avenue Women’s Center), which has worked to improve the quality of life for women, children, and families for more than 75 years. Read more at the WAWC web site. The Strawberry Festival raises funds for youth development services including mentoring, teen pregnancy prevention, teen dating violence awareness, educactional workshops, and support groups.

Strawberry Festival 2013 will be held at 303 Walnut Avenue in Santa Cruz from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.  Admission is free, and there will be food available for purchases including barbecue lunch plus strawberry shortcake, chocolate-dipped strawberries, strawberry lemonade and fresh strawberries. There will also be carnival games, a bounce house and dunk tank, live music, and a plant sale. For more information on the festival, call (831) 426-3062.

The festival comes right after National Strawberry Month (May) comes to a close. Interesting fact: the U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture says that Americans now consume twice as many strawberries than two decades ago. If you’re looking to celebrate strawberries by creating your own scrumptious strawberry dishes, the California Strawberries web site is filled with sweet and savory recipes. Things like Strawberry Balsamic Pizza with Chicken, Sweet Onion and Applewood Bacon or Strawberry Tostada or Roasted Strawberry Sundae. The site also has health and nutrition information, and other data.

Back to the June 1 Strawberry Festival…at this event, raffle tickets will be sold for $3 each, 4 for $10, or 12 for $25.  The grand prize winner gets dinner for two at 12 restaurants. In addition, 100 other raffle prizes have been donated from local businesses. If you can’t make it to the event, you can also buy tickets online or at the WAWC.

WAWC has many programs and services including ones focused on literacy, early childhood education, youth development, and supporting victims of domestic violence. WAWC also offers a number of workshops throughout the year covering such topics as women’s spirituality, creative writing, body image, legal issues for battered women, financial issues, women’s history, lesbian battering, parenting issues, and women’s health issues.

 The Details

25th Annual Walnut Avenue Women’s Center Strawberry Festival

Saturday, June 1, 2013 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

303 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz

Free Admission