Spring is the best season in terms for produce, easily besting summer's exploding watermelons, autumn's pre-candled pumpkins, and winter's eggnog-flavored sno-cones. Take refuge in the delicious side of spring with today’s Groupon: for $8, you get two admission tickets to BerryFest (up to a $16 value) at the Placer County Fair & Events Center in Roseville. Tickets can be used on either Saturday, May 7, or Sunday, May 8. BerryFest sometimes offers free admission to children 8 and younger.
BerryFest turns the local strawberry harvest into a celebratory event, a weekend festival brimming with food, contests, and heaps of strawberries. Pick up carloads of the festival's berries, which come from local farms, or indulge in the festival fare, which includes strawberry pizza, strawberry beer, and strawberry funnel cakes. Visitors can peruse the classic car show on Sunday, May 8, a strawberry-shortcake-eating contest, and a kids’ zone. On a weekend dedicated to honoring mothers, BerryFest affords moms a day free of watering, dusting, or cleaning spilled asparagus smoothies off the couch.
_ Though BerryFest sometimes offers complimentary festival admission to customers who attend a pancake breakfast, this deal still represents the best value for most customers._
The Little Miss Strawberry contestants excitedly primp their pink dresses and adjust their sparkling tiaras in anticipation of the pageant’s beginning. The lighthearted event—in which girls compete in five different age groupings—is one of many novel attractions at BerryFest. A Mother's Day–weekend tradition, the 2012 festival marks the year's harvest by bringing together local farmers with a host of vendors, sponsors, entertainment acts, and conciliatory deer families at the Placer County Fairgrounds.
Daytime revelers can indulge in a surplus of diverse, certified-organic berries, which can be purchased whole or in the form of inventive, strawberry-based eats such as strawberry pizza, strawberry barbecue sauce, or strawberry-flavored strawberries. The festival’s lineup of booths also includes a beer garden where Lost Coast Brewery whets patrons’ whistles with strawberry drafts. A no-hands shortcake-eating contest crowns the winner with a commemorative trophy and proceeds benefit the Boy Scouts of America. During a live cooking demonstration, TV star Michael Marks of Your Produce Man shares recipe tips as well as tips for catching runaway piecrusts. On Sunday, festival-goers can take in a car show with a gathering of shiny, classic wheels, and all weekend long, kids can kick it on the Fun Zone’s Berry-Go-Round or drop by the event’s on-site petting zoo.