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A Beloved Tradition, Strawberry Fest Turns 26 This Year

Strawberry Fest/Diversity Day
Strawberry Fest
Cover of Stony Brook Features showcasing 2000’s Strawberry Fest (courtesy of Special Collections, Stony Brook Libraries)

Since its inception in 1993, Strawberry Fest has been a favorite campus tradition. Every first Wednesday of May, the campus community gathers on the Academic Mall to enjoy a mouthwatering strawberry-themed menu and a fun-filled day of live music, dancing, and student performances. Along with Roth Regatta, it is a great opportunity to enjoy the spring weather and get a break from classes and studying.

In 1998, the success of Strawberry Fest prompted the decision of holding Diversity Day the same day. The benefit of having these two events run simultaneously act as a great campus community building and helps spread the message of diversity and inclusion.

This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, May 1, from 12 pm to 2 pm in the Academic Mall. There will be food, prizes and performances from Stony Brook’s cultural student groups. This year the menu will include two favorite dishes served during the Native American and Hispanic Heritage Months: Three Sisters Stew with Cornbread (Native American Heritage Month Recipe) and Honey Chipotle Chicken Flauta (Hispanic Heritage Month Recipe).

Tickets can be purchased at any dining location starting Wednesday, April 24. For more information, visit Campus Dining.



Strawberry Fest
Students enjoying delicious food (circa 2008)

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