Florida Strawberry Festival 2015 in Plant City: Here's What You Need To Know


2015 Florida Strawberry FestivalCrimson. Luscious. Sweet. Juicy. Scrumptious. There are plenty of appropriate adjectives used to describe the Florida strawberry. February is the month to celebrate this succulent specimen. Did you know that 2015 marks the 80th birthday of the festival? It does. Come join the party!

Whether you crave strawberries in their purest form picked right off of the vine or in their other equally delicious variations (think  strawberry shortcake, eclairs, pies, cheesecakes, tarts, turnovers, and paired a hundred and one ways with chocolate), you need to mark the the 2015 Florida Strawberry Festival on your calendar this month. You must!

We've got the rundown on this favorite Florida event. Here's exactly what you need to know about the this year's Florida Strawberry Festival. Tell your family, tell your friends!

Who

You, your family and your friends (just no pets, please). Gather up your favorite people and make a day or more of it. Be sure to get your tickets early for a discounted rate. You can find discounted Florida Strawberry Festival tickets at Publix grocery stores through March 8. Advance tickets purchased online through February 25 also receive a discounted rate. Hurry, hurry!

There is also royalty to be spotted at the festival. Each year since the festival's inception, a Florida Strawberry Festival Queen has been crowned and this year is no different. Keep an eye out for the queen and her courtthere's junior royalty, too.

What

Florida Strawberry

In addition to fabulous fresh-picked Florida strawberries, the Florida Strawberry Festival plays host to plenty of other family-friendly events for your entertainment pleasure. For a mere $10 and a small parking fee, festival-goers enjoy free entertainment all day, exhibits, competitions, livestock shows, kids activities, along with a nice variety of arts and crafts vendors. For a few extra dollars, take advantage of the opportunity to see live concerts, experience the Belle City Midway with all its rides, games and other thrilling attractions, and sample some of the best festival fare around. (Please, please, please leave room for some strawberry shortcake. It's the festival's signature dish!)

Headline entertainers for the 2015 festival include Bobby Vinton, Alabama, Scotty McCreery, Mercy Me, Kevin Costner, Ronnie Milsap, Sara Evans, Oakridge Boys, Boyz II Men, Loretta Lynn, John Legend and Reba McEntire, just to name a few. There are plenty more big names on the lineup too, click here for the full listing.

Why

The Florida Strawberry Festival is a harvest celebration of the Sunshine State's historical and agricultural legacy. It's a local and regional event steeped in tradition bringing people together from near and far in celebration of agriculture, commerce, and horticulture along with the volunteer spirit, a community connection, and the bountiful strawberry harvest.

When

The 2015 Florida Strawberry Festival begins February 26 and continues through March 8. Gates open at 10:00am. and close at 10p.m. daily. Check out the Strawberry Festival's complete schedule of events for all of the daily details.

WhereFresh picked strawberries

The Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds is located in Plant City. Click here for directions.

Need parking information? Click here.

The Florida Strawberry Festival is a little over an hour's drive north and east from Indian Rocks Beach. It makes for a great day trip if you're vacationing on the Gulf Coast during the festival.

That's our wrap-up of the festival. Are you going? We hope so!

(P.S. Don't forget to grab some fresh-picked strawberries to take home with you.)

What's your favorite part of the Florida Strawberry Festival?



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