Santa Barbara County is the third largest avocado producer in North America, with Carpinteria being a major contributor. The idea of the California Avocado Festival began in 1986 and has evolved into one of the largest festivals in California with three days of fabulous food, terrific music, and great safe family fun. It is one of only a few community festivals still operated in the heart of downtown.
As the Festival grows, so do the number of participants and festival-goers. This year over forty non-profit groups will benefit by catering to 100,000 avocado visitors. The California Avocado Festival itself is a non-profit group that generates it’s own operating revenue each year. The annual event is completely organized by a committee of volunteers, and includes one part-time staff person.