Florida Strawberry Festival – March 2

Florida Strawberry Festival
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Date(s) - Saturday, March 2, 2019
10:00 am-10:00 pm

Florida Strawberry Festival


The annual Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City is a time-honored tradition, attracting more than a half million people every spring. The 11 day event spans from February 28 to March 10, 2019 (hours are 10am to 10pm) celebrating the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County featuring headline entertainment, youth livestock shows, rides, exhibits of commerce and, of course — strawberry delights.

The address of the festival grounds is 303 North Lemon Street, Plant City, Florida 33453.

Florida Strawberry Festival

The Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City makes a festive and delicious road trip adventure

Strawberry food items include Fresh Strawberries, World-Famous Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake, Assorted Strawberry Coated Nuts, Strawberry Milkshakes, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Sandwiches, Strawberry Peanut Brittle, Strawberry Pie and Strawberry Cheesecake, Bowl of Berries (Sugar-free available), Strawberry Pizza, Strawberry Cobbler, Strawberry Parfait, Deep Fried Strawberry Cheese Burst, Strawberry Crepes, Strawberry Lemonade, Strawberry Cream Puffs, Strawberry Kettle Korn, Strawberry Fritters, The Sweetheart Chocolate Strawberry Donut, The Strawberry Orie, The Chocoberry Orie, Strawberry Fudge and more.

The festival is open from 10am to 10pm. Admission is $10 per day, but there are discount $8 tickets available at Publix stores in central Florida.

The web site is: http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com/

Facebook Page is: https://www.facebook.com/FLStrawberryFestival

South Florida Miata Club Road Trip

This is a delightful adventure for strawberry lovers and everyone who enjoys a great Florida sports car road trip. We have two options

  • travel to Plant City early — get a hotel room on Friday, March 1.
  • meet on the turnpike early Saturday morning, drive up together, arriving before noon.

Option 1 — Arriving on Friday evening: find a hotel room somewhere near Lakeland or Bartow. That’s puts you in very close proximity to Plant City for an easy drive Saturday morning. Search for hotel rooms: Motels Near Lakeland and Bartow.

Option 2 — Saturday Road Trip Gathering at West Palm Beach Turnpike Service Plaza at 8am. On Saturday morning, March 2, meet at the Turnpike Service Plaza (Mile Marker 94.5), Northbound, at 8am for a 8:15am departure. The driving time to Plant City Strawberry Festival is about 3 hours (186 miles), so the caravan should arrive before 11:30am at the fair grounds — 303 North Lemon Street, Plant City, FL 33453.

The Route: North on the Turnpike to Yeehaw Junction, then northwest on State Road 60 toward Lakeland. Just before Lakeland, turn left, go northwest on Polk Parkway (570) then west on State Road 92 to Plant City. At the west end of town, turn left to exit south on Lemon Street for two blocks.

Google Map Directions to Strawberry Fest

After Festival Options: once again, we have the option of a three hour return drive at the end of the day or find a suitable motel room for Saturday evening. The sun will set in Plant City that evening at 6:29pm, so departing at that time, puts us back at the turnpike service plaza at about 9:30pm.

Search for hotel rooms: Motels Near Lakeland and Bartow

Florida Strawberry Festival History

Each spring, the Florida Strawberry Festival rolls out the red carpet to welcome visitors from throughout the Sunshine State and the world. Guests come from near and far to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts. The fabric of American life is woven into the Festival through social events, contests, youth developmental programs, top-name entertainment, and parades with glorious floats and high-stepping marching bands.

The Florida Strawberry Festival represents a piece of Americana, a time in American history when fairs and festivals brought communities together through celebrations of their harvests. It has continued to grow in popularity year after year through the preservation of this heritage. Central to its focus, the Festival continues to preserve and enhance the agricultural and historical legacy of the Florida strawberry.

Further, steeped in tradition, the Florida Strawberry Festival is alive with volunteer spirit, uniting people from all parts of Plant City, Florida and the surrounding area. The event began back in 1930 when members of the newly organized Plant City Lions Club conceived the idea of an event to celebrate the bountiful harvest of strawberries. In 1948, the American Legion Post #26 helped get the Florida Strawberry Festival reactivated following a six-year hiatus during and immediately following World War II. The Lions Club and other civic organizations have participated in the Festival ever since.

An Independent Event for the Community

Today, the annual event has become one of the best Festivals in the nation and now ranks among the Top 40 Fairs in North America. Having maintained the same internal structure since its inception, the Florida Strawberry Festival is a community-oriented organization, governed by a board of directors from the community that annually devotes many hours to establishing policies and direction for the annual event. And while it is an outstanding showcase of the local area, the Florida Strawberry Festival has never been subsidized by taxpayers.

The Florida Strawberry Festival is a great time to discover the charm and allure of Plant City, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy eating ripe, luscious strawberries alongside the local berry farmers that have worked hard to bring to them to market. More than 10,000 acres of strawberries are planted annually in the local area. In fact, there are some 2,800 farms in Hillsborough County that produce fruit and vegetable crops with an annual value of over $360 million. This county is now one of the largest agricultural counties in the nation. The diverse farm production includes strawberries, citrus, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, squash, okra, peppers, beans, dairy products, eggs, ornamental horticulture, tropical fish, beef cattle, swine and other related products.


RSVP are closed for this event.

  • Harry Hunsicker
  • Robert Burr
  • Lou Marett
  • Jim Innes
  • John Morris
  • Larry and Colleen Greenley

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