The 4: Reasons to Visit the FL Strawberry Festival

February 26th - March 8th

The Florida Strawberry Festival here and is celebrating its 81st birthday this year! If you’re never been or it’s been a while, now is the time! Enjoy 11 full days of strawberries, shortcake, big name concerts, rides, stage shows, attractions, food galore, exhibits, displays, contests, competitions and a berry good time for the whole family!

I was raised in Plant City, Florida (Home of the FL Strawberry Festival) and I have gone to the festival for over 20+ years. I feel as though I have the full authority on all things Strawberry Festival and I’m going to share “The 4” reasons why you should go the Festival this year.

Credit: Tara Wikoff/CW44 Tampa Bay

Credit: Tara Wikoff/CW44 Tampa Bay

1.) The Food

Not only do they offer everything that you would typically see at a festival such as corn dogs, funnel cakes and sausages, but they also have over 50 different strawberry dishes and a “Make Your Own Strawberry Shortcake” booth. The real question is, biscuit or shortcake?!

Credit: Tara Wikoff/CW44 Tampa Bay

Credit: Tara Wikoff/CW44 Tampa Bay

Credit: Tara Wikoff/CW44 Tampa Bay

Credit: Tara Wikoff/CW44 Tampa Bay

2.) The Concerts

Artists such as Big & Rich, Tanya Tucker, Cole Swindell, Charlie Wilson, Martina McBride and more will all be performing at this year’s Festival.

Credit: Tara Wikoff/CW44 Tampa Bay

Credit: Tara Wikoff/CW44 Tampa Bay

See the entire concert line-up here >> http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com/headline-entertainment/

3.) One of a kind vendors

One of my favorite parts of the Festival is walking around and seeing the exhibits and crafts that are offered. There are so many one-of-a-kind items and majority of the vendors and members of the Plant City community. You can find basically any and everything and someone has put a strawberry on it!

4.) Tons of free entertainment

Most people don’t realize how many places there are to see free live entertainment at the Festival. There are stages set up all over the festival grounds to see awesome bands, solo acts and even magicians. Plus you go to The Neighborhood Village, sponsored by Kitchen Craft, which showcases homemade and handcrafted items created by folks in the community. You can also attend a live pig racing (my fav), as well as pet and feed livestock.

Credit: Tara Wikoff/CW44 Tampa Bay

Credit: Tara Wikoff/CW44 Tampa Bay

See more about the FREE live entertainment >> http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com/entertainment/free-entertainment/!

**Extra reason- Time to stock up strawberries! You can buy a flat of strawberries for a ridiculously low price, like $10! This guy knows what’s up!

Credit: Tara Wikoff/CW44 Tampa Bay

Credit: Tara Wikoff/CW44 Tampa Bay

Not only is the FL Strawberry Festival a great time but when you go you’re supporting a local community! The festival is here March 3 – March 13, open daily from 10am – 10pm!

Tara Wikoff | CW44 Tampa Bay

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