Last year it was the strawberry beer that had has agog.
We're not done being agog by that, actually. Beer. Strawberries. Picturing the taste in our minds.
A Bruce Springsteen tribute. A Beatles tribute. Journey. Elvis and Johnny Cash. Plus loads more music. If you missed that full-on tribute band festival a few weeks back in Santa Clarita, this is catch-up time.
And call it catch-up time if you haven't gotten your fill of strawberries in the recent winter months. Because there will be berry-laden funnel cake. Strawberry wine. Strawberry pizza. And the festival's famous you-build-it strawberry shortcake area.
And games and family stuff, too. Berry hunts and tart tossing and recipe contests. We have not tossed a tart, ever, and this makes us blue.
The festival passed its quarter-century mark a few years back. No surprise, really, seeing as how our state is nearly synonymous with the pointy-bottomed, green-stemmed berry. Happy 27th, California Strawberry Festival.
Editor's note: NBCLA is a media festival sponsor of the California Strawberry Festival.