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Karlie Ybarra, Managing Editor
By Karlie Ybarra
April 26, 2019
Walking around the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts is like being a kid again. With all the sights, sounds, and smells, it can be overwhelming at times. But it’s also an opportunity to meet new people, taste unexpected flavors, and see the impossible come to life through the work of talented artists. As an Edmond native, I’ve attended the festival either with family, friends, or by myself for as long as I can remember. I’m sure I’m not alone; it’s been a cornerstone event since 1967 attended by an average of 750,000 people. The mention of the festival brings up a meadow of whirling wind sculptures, bags of roasted nuts, and the hot sun bearing down on me as I gape at paintings, ceramics, photos, and jewelry. But like every year—and every good childhood memory—my 2019 visit centered around something delicious.
For thirty-seven years, Strawberries Newport has been one of the most sought-after desserts for good reason. Fresh-baked Bavarian-style puff pastry is topped with vanilla custard, then fresh whipped cream, and finally fresh sliced strawberries. You can also get a simplified version with just strawberries and whipped cream, and this year the booth is offering the Strawberries Newport Bomb with ice cream. But I opted for the original, which has pretty much remained the same since 1982. After my first bite, I understood why. The sweetness is cut just enough by the tart strawberries. The puff pastry is crunchy, while the custard is creamy and smooth. And the whole thing is big enough to share with the entire family.
For co-owner Mina Henry, Strawberries Newport itself attracts families in part because it’s run by a family. Her children grew up with the wife of one of her partners, and the other co-owner is her son, Chad Bleakley.
“Now it’s three generations because two of my grandkids work with us as well,” Henry says.
But there’s one more reason people keep coming back for more Strawberries Newport.
“This is the only place, the only time that you can get it,” Henry says.
Strawberries Newport, as well as the rest of the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, is open Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. artscouncilokc.com/festival-of-the-arts.