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Imagine biting down on a creamy and strawberry filled mini cake topped with whipped cream and more strawberries. Sounds like heaven right? 

Indulge in an event that celebrates everything strawberry. From strawberry shortcakes, to strawberry cookies and cheesecake, the Strawberry Festival is an 11 day event that celebrates a life in American history. 

History:

Dating back to 1930, the Florida Strawberry Festival welcomes visitors from around the world. They bring communities together in celebration of their harvest and their exhibits of agriculture, fine arts, industry and more. Throughout the years, this event has ranked in the top 40 fairs in North America. 

Attending the festival is a great opportunity to explore the culture of Plant City. With 10,000 acres of planted strawberries, you can see from a first-hand experience the changes in growing strawberries have changed throughout the years.

What is expected?

At the Strawberry Festival, not only will you consume many different strawberry flavored desserts, there will also be entertainment such as youth livestock shows, rides, exhibits of commerce, live music and more!

If you like competition and consider yourself the competitive one in the group, check out some of the strawberry eating contests such as: “Deep Fried Strawberry Pie On a Stick Relay,” “Strawberry Spaghetti Eating Contest,” “Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest,” “Strawberry Mashed Potato Pie Eating Contest” and more!

There will also be “strawberry rides” for the younger kids to enjoy. The New York Yankees Kiddie Korral will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

During your walk through the festival, you can expect to see the famous strawberry mascots, Mr. & Miss Berry! They love meeting visitors and taking pictures with them. Pictures with the Berry’s will take place everyday at 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Make sure to bring your own camera since there will not be one available on site.

For all you strawberry lovers, if you love to cook and explore different recipes check out the “Award-winning official Florida Strawberry Festival Cookbooks.” The cookbook contains everything strawberry, and has sweet and savory recipes to follow! To purchase a cookbook, the cost is $19.95 (cash and credit card is accepted).

Gather your friends and family and make your way to the Publix Showcase tent for a Battle of the Bands that consists of 10 bands battling it out. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the music, you may find a liking to it towards the end of the night. Some of the contestants for the battle of the bands you can expect to see are: Coach & Fur, Electric Woodshed, Humans In Disguise, Oakalee, Rachel Warfield and more!

Things you need to know:

The Strawberry Festival will take place on February 27th – March 8 2020 and will open daily at 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

To attend this festival, you will find the cost below:

Adults (ages 13+): $10

Children (ages 6-12): $5

Children (ages 5 and under): FREE with paid adult admission

Parking will be available on site in the Blue, Gray and Red parking lots. They are located on Ritter Street, off of Highway 92 or Highway 574.

Cars, pickup trucks, and vans under 20ft are $5

Vehicles over 20ft. to 39ft. are $10

Vehicles or buses over 40ft are $15