Florida's 2014 Strawberry Festival Begins This Weekend

Recognized as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast, Best Local Event, and listed among the Top 40 Nort2014 Florida Strawberry Festivalh American Fairs, the annual Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City is an event to pencil into your travel itinerary. The festival begins this Thursday, February 27 and runs through Sunday, March 9. This year's festival theme is "Florida’s Best Family Recipe!” 

"We chose this theme because we feel it fits the essence of what we’re all about: food, fun and family,” said Florida Strawberry Festival General Manager Paul Davis. "We also feel that we are a ‘slice of Americana’ and are the best all-around value in Central Florida. We hope that upon leaving the 2014 Florida Strawberry Festival, our visitors will see that we are, in fact, the best family recipe Florida has to offer.”

Strawberry Festival History
The Sunshine State welcomes its guests from near and far each year during this annual festival that celebrates both the agricultural and historical legacy of the Florida strawberry. The Strawberry Festival represents a time in history when fairs and festivals brought communities together through harvest celebrations. The festival is steeped in the tradition of the volunteer spirit and is a community-centered event. You can read more about the history of the Strawberry Festival here.

Festival-goers enjoy exhibits featuring agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture and crafts. Add to that a host of top-name entertainment, games, carnival rides, delicious food, parades and so much more and you'll see why it remains a popular annual event in Southeast Florida.

The Florida Strawberry
Florida Strawberry FestivalMmmmm, strawberries. Who doesn't enjoy a red, ripe, sweet and luscious Florida strawberry dripping with juices at the peak of ripeness? Local farmers have worked hard to cultivate them to perfection and bring them to market. More than 10,000 acres strawberries are planted annually in the local area.

In addition to the traditional fair food, you'll find plenty of strawberry-centered delights here. Popular favorites include the strawberry cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, chocolate covered strawberries... and why not try the strawberry pizza? Come hungry and we promise that you'll leave the fair feeling full and satisfied.

Like any fair, you'll also find some fun contests to either participate in or just enjoy for your viewing pleasure. In honor of the strawberry, you'll find entertainment such as the Strawberry Stemming Contest, the Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest, and the Strawberry Mashed Potato Pie Eating Contest, just to name a few.

Big Names in Entertainment Headline the Florida Strawberry Festival
Included in the paid gate admission, festival-goers are offered a jam-packed schedule of free entertainment for all ages. There's too much to mention in this blog, but you can read more about the Strawberry Festival's free entertainment schedule to find out all of the details.

Big-name headline entertainers draw big crowds to the festival. This year's lineup includes award-winning favorites such as Rascal Flatts, Styx, Kellie Pickler, Crystal Gayle, Boyz II Men, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap and many more. You can find the full schedule of headline entertainment offered at the Strawberry Festival here. (Concert ticket information, pricing and purchasing are found on that same page, also.)

Admission, Special Days & Discounts
Florida Strawberry FestivalAdvance admission prices offer a discount and can be purchased online through February 26 (hurry, that's tomorrow!). Advance tickets can also be purchased at participating Publix grocery stores through March 9. Adult admission is $8, children ages 6-12 are $4, children age 5 and under are free. Regular gate admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and children age 5 and under are admitted free.

Read more about admission price information for the Florida Strawberry Festival and find the perfect ticketing option for you and your family. It's also worth checking out the Special Days & Discounts page on the Florida Strawberry Festival website.

Where to Stay
One of the benefits of booking your Gulf Coast vacation in Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores is staying on the quiet pristine beaches of a barrier island while also being close to all of the Gulf Coast attractions and events like the Strawberry Festival. When it comes to vacationing, it's the best of both worlds.

We hope to see you soon! If you're attending the Florida Strawberry Festival this week, drop us a line in our comment section. We always love hearing from our readers.

*Photo Credit: The Florida Strawberry Festival

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