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AVOFEST has all the avocados you can (or should) ever consume

Brittany Martin

We could be wrong, but we’re going to go out on a limb and guess that, as a resident of California, you probably eat an avocado every now and again (or maybe in some form at every meal, if you’re like us). This weekend brings your annual opportunity to revel in all things avocado-related at the California Avocado Festival.

AVOFEST, as it’s known, is celebrating 30 years as one of the state’s biggest free festivals. In 2015, an estimated 100,000 visitors made their way through the beachside event in Carpinteria for three days filled with every conceivable variation of things squishy and green.

Last year, the food vendors offered up tacos and savory items, of course, but also avocado brownies, avocado ice cream, avocado chocolate truffles and even avocado beer. The festival is also going for a record for the world’s largest vat of guacamole. (Because what’s more appetizing than food served from an enormous vat?)

Once you’ve stuffed yourself with all the avocados a person could possibly eat, there are other areas of the festival to explore, including displays of antique tractors and agricultural history, a tent full of locally-grown flowers and four stages of live music going on through the weekend.

The California Avocado Festival takes place from 10am to 10pm on October 7–9 along the 600 to 800 blocks of Linden Avenue in Carpinteria. Admission is free and open to all ages. Dogs are not allowed, but can stay for up to three hours at free on-site dog care.  

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