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Florida Strawberry Festival Guide | Know Before You Go

March 3, 2020 4 min read

The Florida Strawberry Festival is an 11-day community event that celebrates the harvest of strawberries! This event has become one of the best Festivals in the nation and ranks among the Top 40 Fairs in North America.

This event began in the 1930s but took a six-year hiatus before it was reactivated. Since then, the Florida Strawberry Festival has been around and thousands of people make their way to this wonderful event.

Guide to the Strawberry Festival

Florida Strawberry Festival

This year for my Leap Year birthday, I decided to celebrate my day at the festival! And what better way to celebrate than with delicious strawberries, exhibits, concerts, and rides?

Like many companies doing something special for Leap Day, the Florida Strawberry Festival provided free admission to kids going on Leap Day as well. This is just one of the many special days & discounts offered. Aside from the discounts, this festival offers visitors plenty to do, providing hours of entertainment.

Parking

Since this is such a popular event, finding parking on the festival property may be tough. However, there are plenty of independent parking spots and most are near the festival.

If you do manage to park on the festival property, the cost is $5 unless your vehicle is over 20 feet in size. Any vehicles between 20ft to 35ft will need to pay $10 to park. Festival parking are in the Blue, Gray, and Red Parking Lots located on Ritter Street, off of Highway 92 or Highway 574.

If you park at an independent parking spot, it will cost you about $8-$15, which isn’t too bad for being close to the festival grounds. These parking spots can be found around houses, stores, and many other places near the festival.

Entrance

Once parked, you will then notice that there are a few gates to go through. Each gate will have a metal detector to make sure your experience is a safe one.

Although there are lines, the wait time is not long at all. People seemed to keep moving at a fast pace, which was great.

Tip: This place is huge and there’s plenty to see, so I do suggest grabbing a map that way you do not miss out on a single show, concert, contest and so forth.

Rides

Florida Strawberry Festival

It wouldn’t be a festival without some amazing rides. Even though, I wasn’t focused on the rides, I did notice some good ones such as the Giant Wheel, Disko, Zero Gravity, and more! There’s fun for all ages, so if those sound too scary for your kids, they do have the New York Yankee Kiddie Korral.

You do need to purchase tickets or a wristband for the rides, but they do have some great discounts and special days that allow you to get the wristband/tickets for a great price.

Entertainment

Florida Strawberry Festival

Live stock, magic show, concerts and contests, these were all reasons why I wanted to attend the festival! With so many exhibits, it’s no wonder people spend a whole day at the festival. Every day there is something different happening and each tent offers some type of entertainment. You do not have to pay for most of the entertainment as it is included with your admission.

Florida Strawberry Festival

Some of the exhibits you can expect to see are handmade crafts, plants, and a bunch of different art and cooking shows.

While visiting some of the exhibits and vendors, my husband and I decided to buy some jars of honey, honey sticks, Hawaiian plants, and beef jerky. If shopping is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other things to do such as meeting the official mascots or watching racing pigs.

Aside from attending some of the exhibits and watching The Stephanie Ann show, we also got to see the youth livestock show and the beautiful cows. Rather than just watching the show, visitors have the opportunity to see the animals up close. We were able to see a variety of cows, chickens, and rabbits.

Florida Strawberry Festival

There are three buildings you can get into for just the animals. There’s the Livestock Arena, the Swindle Family Pavilion, and Astin Farms Pavilion.

In the Livestock Arena, you will see the shows, which is where we got to see the Dairy Show. The Swindle Family Pavilion offers visitors the opportunity to see the chickens and rabbits as well as some wonderful plants. In the Astin Farms Pavilion, we saw a variety of cows.

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Although you will be up close to the animals, you will not be able to touch some of them like the rabbits and chickens.

Food

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The Florida Strawberry Festival is known for its food! Especially because most of the food is strawberry-themed! From strawberry shortcake to brisket berry tacos, there’s plenty of food to try.

I didn’t try the brisket berry tacos, but I did get a chance to eat some delicious strawberry shortcake made by Transforming Life Church. I also got to try a strawberry lemonade, which was wonderful.

Tip: You will be mostly outdoors and it does get hot in Florida, so make sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.

The Florida Strawberry Festival should not be missed. It provides entertainment for the whole family, and it’s a great way to celebrate the harvest and anything else you want to celebrate!

Tip: if you are celebrating a birthday or it’s your first time at the Festival, they do have stickers for these occasions.

Disclaimer: I did receive a media pass for this post. As always all opinions are my own.

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