Garden Grove's Strawberry Festival Starts Tomorrow

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Dave Lieberman
Job's Daughters
It's that time of year again: festival season. And this weekend Garden Grove is hosting one of the big ones: The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival starts tomorrow, Friday at 1 p.m. and continues through the weekend. As with every year, there will be a parade, strawberry-related food, carnival rides, entertainment, and appearances from celebrities like Sally Kellerman from M*A*S*H.

And if you want to get a piece of the giant strawberry shortcake--the centerpiece of the festival's opening ceremonies--it will be sliced up and given away (again, free) on tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Showmobile at Main and Acacia streets to all who come.


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This Saturday: Lobsterfest in Tustin

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Lobsters!
Got $75? Have a hankering for shellfish that can't be quenched with just one lobster? The Tustin Santa Ana Rotary Club is holding an all-you-can-eat Lobsterfest Saturday, May 16, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tustin's Peppertree Park.

With that admission fee, you get all the lobster you can crack, dip in butter, and stuff down your gullet, as well as unlimited tri-tip, rolls, salad, side dishes, desserts, coffee and water.


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7 Tips If You're Going To OC Night Market This Weekend

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Edwin Goei
Fried squid. On a stick.

If you're planning to go to this weekend--the second year for the festival of Asian food in OC--here are some tips from someone who went last year.

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Mission Viejo Food & Wine Festival This Weekend

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If you're thinking this weekend's weather is going to be particularly nice for being outside, Mission Viejo is holding a food and wine festival this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at Oso Viejo Community Park. Admission is free, as is the parking. Mission Viejo joints such as Broken Yolk Cafe will be selling waffles, Bahar Restaurant will be grilling kabobs, and Fiamme Pizza Napoletana will be baking pizzas.

To check out what other vendors will be present, check out the website, and of course, there will be wines. Drink tickets can be bought in $2 increments, with wine and beer samples costing one ticket. More info about alcohol pricing can be found on the website.

There will also be street painting and music called the Arts Alive & Street Painting Festival, which is actually what the food festival was added on to.


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Taste of Huntington Beach This Sunday

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Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking is participating.
The 2015 Taste of Huntington Beach is happening this Sunday, April 26, 2015 from noon to 4 p.m. at the HB Sports Complex (18100 Goldenwest St. in Huntington Beach). You can buy your tickets online at http://www.tastehb.com/ or at the Longboard (downtown location) and the HB Public Library's Children's Desk.

The general admission price of $65 includes unlimited tastes of food from more than 40 restaurants, sips of wine from California boutique wineries, and samples of beer from the breweries in attendance. There will be live music as well.


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UC Irvine's Wayzgoose Festival Tomorrow

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UCI
Zot!
I'm twice a UC Irvine alum. And in my years there, I never quite figured out (or bothered) to find out why UCI's annual festival and open house is called "Wayzgoose". What I know is that it's the time when parking around campus is free and in the middle where the park is, they set up booths and there's a lot of food.

This year's festival is special. It marks the 50th anniversary of the university. There will be all sorts of activities including a car show and cultural music and dance by the various student clubs.

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This Weekend: Hanamatsuri Bazaar in Anaheim

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Flickr User Varin Tsai
‚ÄčThis weekend the Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim will host its annual Hanamatsuri flower festival--a celebration of the birth of Buddha, with music and of course, food. And like I wrote before, the parking situation might test your patience, but the rest of the afternoon will put you at peace.

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Boysenberry Festival Kicks Off At Knott's Berry Farm Saturday!

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Please sir, may we have another?

Knott's Berry Farm's Ghost Town will be anything but deserted this weekend, as the Boysenberry Festival parties hard from March 28 through April 12. We already told you about one of the tastiest treats in the park last month with our boysenberry latte review. Now we're back with a rundown of some of their other specialties, plus bonus news on their competitive eating competition.

The blackberry/red raspberry/loganberry blend can be found in everything from savory nibbles to sticky desserts. Our personal fave was a 50/50 mix of boysenberry Belgium beer with ACE berry cider found inside the Calico Saloon. For you candy fans, a bag of their purple gummies are excellent for post-festival consumption. But we've barely scratched the surface on options.

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Takoyaki Vendor and Others Coming To Costa Mesa's Mitsuwa For Week-Long "Customer Appreciation Event"

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Edwin Goei
No, it won't look anything like this.
The Mitsuwa food fair you've been waiting for...doesn't happen until September. But if you simply can't wait for the Japanese market's massive Hokkaido Fair, there are mini demonstration sales like the one starting this weekend where just a handful of vendors come to sell their wares.

Mitsuwa is calling this one a "Customer Appreciation" event, which is so small scale I got none of the usual reminders from Mitsuwa's PR people.


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Love Pho? Enter This Year's UVSA Tet Festival Pho Eating Contest

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UVSA
Enter!

How much do all of you love pho? It's a lot, isn't it? Do you think you love it more than anyone else?

Well, if you do, I have the perfect competition for you. Starting Feb. 20 to Feb. 22, the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern California will be hosting a series of speed pho-eat competitions during their annual Tet Festival. Check after the jump for additional details.

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