Strawberries are the product of the weekend in Vara Blanca

Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería photo All that is lakcing is the sweet cream

A strawberry festival begins today in Vara Blanca, Heredia, on the highway to Volcán Poás for the second celebration of Feria Nacional de la Fresa. The festival runs through Sunday.

The funds made from the celebration will go to the communities in the area of Vara Blanca, which was heavily damaged in a 2009 Cinchona earthquake. The area provides more than 3,000 tons of strawberries per year, according to a press release sent by the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia.

The three-day event will offer karaoke, Costa Rican custom food, folk dancing, and many different competitions. One of the competitions is a bake-off to see whose dessert is the best with the main ingredient of strawberry. Another competition is to see who is the fastest strawberry packer. And similar to other fairs where the largest animal or vegetable is prized, for this festival it’s the biggest strawberry that wins.

The festival kicks off today at 4 p.m. Friday it begins at 2 p.m. The festivities on Saturday begin at 10 a.m. and on Sunday at 7 a.m.

The strawberry festival is free and open to the public.

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