Fresh StrawberriesStrawberry ShortcakeFlorida Strawberry Growers Association Display

When you visit the Florida Strawberry Festival, we want you to see, taste and smell all that the strawberry has to offer! Here at “Strawberry Central” you’ll find a list of every food vendor, exhibit and demonstration that puts their own unique spin on the strawberry.

  • Strawberry Food Items

    Fresh Strawberries
    After you’ve filled up on strawberries here, make sure you take a flat home with you for your friends and neighbors to enjoy.

    • Parkesdale Farms – South side of Parke Exhibit Building and just inside Gate 16
    • Wish Farms – Northeast corner of Parke Exhibit Building and just outside Gate 1

    World-Famous Strawberry Shortcake
    It’s world-famous!

    • East Hillsborough Historical Society – Pioneer Village
      A serving of yellow cake topped with a heaping spoonful of delicious Plant City strawberries and a dollop of whipped topping to finish it off.
    • St. Clement Catholic Church – In the middle of the Parke Exhibit Building, next to the Parkesdale Farms booth
      Make your own shortcake, and personalize it to include more of what you like most! Choose from yellow cake or a biscuit, and top it with as many juicy strawberries and as much whipped topping as your heart desires.
    • Turkey Creek Assembly of God – Inside the truwhip Strawberry Tent
      A serving of yellow cake topped with a heaping spoonful of delicious Plant City strawberries and a dollop of whipped topping to finish it off.

    Strawberry Milkshakes
    Made with fresh strawberries, milk and maybe a little sugar, it’s the best way to cool off during a warm Festival day.

    • Brandon Farms – Directly inside Gate 1
    • Polar Bear Ice Cream – East Independent and Edwards Street
    • Fruit and Cream Hut – Southside

    Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
    The strawberries at both the Chocolate Strawberry Express and Mavric’s Chocolate Barn are carefully dipped by folks in the same family. They will prepare for you one of the most simple, yet delicious ways to enjoy the strawberry.

    • Chocolate Strawberry Express – Middle of Parke Exhibit Building
    • Mavric’s Chocolate Barn – South end of the truwhip Strawberry Tent

    Strawberry Jam
    Made with sweet, Plant City strawberries.

    • Parkesdale Farms – South side of Parke Exhibit Building

    Strawberry Hamburger
    A juicy hamburger patty fried on a griddle, topped with crumbles of strawberry cookies, sandwiched between two pieces of French toast, topped with sweet strawberries.

    • Carousel Hamburgers – Far Northeast corner of Festival grounds

    Strawberry Peanut Brittle
    The traditional peanut brittle you love with a sweet strawberry twist.

    • Softer Than Brittle – West Grandstand Building

    Strawberry Pie and Strawberry Cheesecake
    Everyone’s favorite dessert with the most delicious topping!

    • Plant City High School Band Boosters – Under the Morrow Steel Free Grandstand

    Bowl of Berries (sugar free available)
    The most simple way to enjoy the pure sweetness of the berry.

    • Plant City High School Band Boosters – Under the Morrow Steel Free Grandstand
    • East Hillsborough Historical Society – Pioneer Village
    • Sunshine Concessions – Woodrow Wilson Street

    Strawberry Pizza
    Trust us, it’s not what you think. This dessert pizza uses a graham cracker “crust,” a cream cheese confection for “cheese,” strawberry glaze as “sauce” and sliced strawberries as “pepperoni.”

    • Brandon Farms – North of the Life Storage Carriage House

    Strawberry Cobbler
    The folks at Johnson’s cook like Grandma does at home, so you can be sure it tastes homemade. Enjoy a traditional southern cobbler made with the best strawberries around.

    • Johnson’s Barbeque – East of the Morrow Steel Free Grandstand

    Strawberry Parfait

    • Alessi Bakery – inside the TECO Expo Building

    Deep Fried Strawberry Cheese Burst
    This burst of flavor starts with a fresh, Plant City berry which is then injected with cream cheese, fried to a crisp and finished off with powdered sugar and strawberry sauce.

    • Best Around Concessions – West Grandstand Entrance

    Strawberry Crepes
    Strawberry crepes combine the traditional crepe with cream cheese, sweet strawberries and strawberry glaze – perfect for breakfast or dessert!

    • Sunshine Concessions – Woodrow Wilson Street

    Strawberry Lemonade
    Fresh made lemonade with a sweet strawberry flavor that leaves you thirsty for more.

    • Netterfield’s Popcorn and Lemonade – Edwards Street and Pioneer Village
    • B&G Coffee – Edwards Street

    Strawberry Cream Puffs
    Yummy calzone batter flavored with strawberry sweetness.

    • Burger Bob – Just north of the Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent

    Strawberry Sticky Pig Ice Cream and Strawberry Sticky Pig on Wheels
    The folks at Polar Bear have combined homemade strawberry ice cream with torched marshmallows, waffle pieces, fudge and candied bacon. The Sticky Pig on Wheels takes a glazed donut with Sticky Pig Ice Cream in the center, tops it with melted chocolate and rolls it in peanuts.

    • Polar Bear Homemade Ice Cream – East Independent, Edwards Street and Woodrow Wilson Street

    Strawberry Kettle Korn
    A sweet, salty favorite with a strawberry twist.

    • Olde Tyme Kettle Korn – North entrance of Parke Exhibit Building and East side of Midway

    Strawberry Fritters

    • Plant City Lions Club – Arthur Boring Building

    The Sweetheart
    Everyone’s favorite Amish donut, covered in hot fudge and topped with whipped cream and Plant City strawberries.

    • The Amish Baking Company – West Independent and East Independent

    The Strawberry Orie
    A homemade strawberry sandwich cookie, funnel cake style! Special strawberry batter deep fried to create two “cookies”, both sandwiched with homemade sweet cream.

    • Best Around Concessions – Under the Morrow Steel Free Grandstand

    The Chocoberry Orie
    A homemade chocolate/strawberry sandwich cookie, funnel cake style! Special Oreo and strawberry batter deep fried to create two “cookies”, both sandwiched with homemade sweet cream.

    • Best Around Concessions – Under the Morrow Steel Free Grandstand

    Strawberry Fudge
    The old-time favorite you love with a strawberry twist.

    • Copper Kettle Fudge – South side of Parke Exhibit Building
    • Morgan’s Fudge – West Grandstand Building

  • Strawberry Gifts

    Clothing, Accessories and Decor

    • Tip To Toe – Parke Exhibit Building
    • Signed With Love – Parke Exhibit Building
    • Village Glassblowers – Parke Exhibit Building
    • Fabric Warehouse – Parke Exhibit Building
    • Hofmann’s Designs – Parke Exhibit Building
    • Pigeon Creek – Pioneer Village
    • Cricket’s and Co. – East Independent
    • Infinity Lights – East Independent
    • Florida Strawberry Growers Association – West of the Publix Showcase Tent
    • Sweet Southern Sass – West Grandstand Exhibits
    • Giselle’s Victorian Jewelry – Arthur Boring Building
    • Misty Mountain Soap – Arthur Boring Building
    • Plant City Chamber of Commerce – Arthur Boring Building
    • Crescent Jewelers – Under the Morrow Steel Free Grandstand
    • Denise’s Boutique – TECO Expo Building
    • Appliques by Ginger – TECO Expo Building
    • Jean Kay – TECO Expo Building
    • Simmons Engraving and Monogramming – South side of Parke Exhibit Building
    • D.J. Flicker’s Candles – North Exhibit Tent
    • Decorative Artist – North Exhibit Tent
    • Razzle Dazzle – Carriage House
    • Country Homemade – Carriage House

    Strawberry Plants

    • Parkesdale Farms – South side Parke Exhibit Building and just inside Gate 16
  • Strawberry Production Exhibit

    Florida Strawberry Growers Association Strawberry Production Display and “Ask A Farmer” Booth
    See first-hand the contrast in how strawberries were grown years ago and how they are cultivated today. This exhibit includes artifacts from days of old, agricultural equipment and an actual field of strawberries being grown – all to give Festival visitors an understanding about how one of Florida’s sweetest crops is grown today. Located right outside the Publix Showcase Tent.

  • Mr. Berry - Our Official Mascot!

    Meet and Greet Opportunities
    Mr. Berry, the Florida Strawberry Festival’s official mascot, loves meeting our guests and having his picture taken! There is no better way to commemorate your visit to the Festival than by getting a picture with THE berry himself. Mr. Berry Meet and Greets take place each day at 11:00 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the Walton Gazebo. No official Festival photos will be available, so make sure you bring your phone or camera!

  • Strawberry Contests

    Fanta Strawberry Soda Throwdown: Daily at 2:30 p.m. on the Belmont Magic Show stage.
    Watch to see who can down 44 oz. of Fanta Strawberry Soda the fastest. The Fanta Strawberry Soda Throwdown is sponsored by Taylor’s Doughboy.

    Youth Strawberry Stemming Contest: Saturday, March 4 at 2 p.m. in the Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent.
    Youngsters of all ages compete to see who can remove the stems from 20 berries the fastest. The Youth Strawberry Stemming Contest is sponsored by Mavric’s Chocolate Barn.

    Strawberry Spaghetti Eating Contest: Monday, March 6 at 5 p.m. in the Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent.
    Competitors are challenged to eat one bowl of spaghetti topped with our favorite – a strawberry. The Strawberry Spaghetti Eating Contest is sponsored by Spaghetti Eddie’s.

    Adult Strawberry Stemming Contest: Tuesday, March 7 at 2 p.m. in the Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent.
    Adult visitors of all ages compete to see who can remove the stems from 25 berries the fastest. The Adult Strawberry Stemming Contest is sponsored by Chocolate Strawberry Express.

    Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest: Thursday, March 9 at 2 p.m. in the Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent.
    Brave competitors compete to see who can eat a 4-lb. (No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you…we said 4 lbs.) strawberry shortcake in 10 minutes. Once they hit the 8 minute mark, their spoons are taken away just to make things a little more interesting. Oh yeah, the winner is awarded a trophy with a pig on top. The Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest is sponsored by St. Clement “Make Your Own” Strawberry Shortcake.

    Strawberry Mashed Potato Pie Eating Contest: Friday, March 10 at 1 p.m. in the Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent.
    Competitors are challenged with eating one plate of garlic mashed potatoes (topped with strawberry glaze and a fresh strawberry, of course) in under 10 minutes. The Strawberry Mashed Potato Pie Eating Contest is sponsored by Pickle Barrel Sirloin Tips.

  • Strawberry Rides

    Spinning Strawberries

    • SunnyBell Kiddie Korral