Strawberry Central

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
  • Wish Farms – Northeast corner of Parke Exhibit Building and just outside Gate 1/ Amscot Main Ticket Gate

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

  • St. Clements “Make Your Own” Shortcake Booth – In the middle of the Parke Exhibit Building, next to the Parkesdale Farms booth.
  • Transforming Life Church – Inside the Entenmann’s 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.
  • East Historical Society Shortcake Booth – South of the TECO Expo Hall.

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake
Your red cup rolled in Fruity Pebbles will be filled with quite a process! A creamy strawberry milkshake is topped with a strawberry cupcake and sponge cake. Those sweet treats are then topped with fresh whipped cream, more strawberries and a strawberry lollipop.

  • Polar Bear Ice Cream – Edwards Street & East Independent

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/Amscot Main Ticket Gate
  • Polar Bear Ice Cream –  Edwards Street & East Independent
  • Fruit and Cream Hut – Southside
  • Dairy Bar – Pioneer Village
  • Eatery Hut – Edwards Street

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 Enetenmann’s Strawberry Tent

Strawberry Jam
Made with sweet, Plant City strawberries.

  • Parkesdale Farms – South side of Parke Exhibit Building

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

  • Plant City High School Music Foundation – Stadium Exhibit Hall

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

  • Plant City High School Music Foundation – Stadium Exhibit Hall
  • 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 Softub Spas 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.

Strawberry Brisket Tacos
Mouthwatering smoked brisket piled high with chopped cilantro, onion, strawberries, shredded cheese and garnished with a sweet barbeque drizzle.

  • Johnson’s Barbeque – East of the Stadium Exhibit Hall

Strawberry Parfait

  • Alessi Bakery – Inside the TECO Expo Hall

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 Dole Whip
The Dole Whip that everyone loves with a sweet strawberry twist!

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
  • McGrath Foods – Across from lost and found caboose

Strawberry Cream Puffs
Yummy calzone batter flavored with strawberry sweetness.

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

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

  • Will return in 2022.

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

  • Peachey’s Baking Co., formerly known as The Amish Baking Company – West Independent,  Kiddie Korral (East Independent)

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

  • Sweet Treat Lane
  • Morgan’s Fudge – Stadium Exhibit Hall

Strawberry Gifts

Clothing, Accessories and Decor

  • Tip To Toe – Parke Exhibit Building
  • Farmer’s Lane – Parke Exhibit Building
  • Village Glassblowers – Parke Exhibit Building
  • Fabric Warehouse – Parke Exhibit Building
  • Hofmann’s Designs – Parke Exhibit Building
  • Simmons Engraving & Monogramming – Woodrow Wilson
  • Cricket’s and Co. – East Independent
  • Florida Strawberry Growers Association – West of the Publix Showcase Tent
  • Sweet Southern Sass – Stadium Exhibit Hall
  • Giselle’s Victorian Jewelry – Arthur Boring Building
  • Misty Mountain Soap – Arthur Boring Building
  • Plant City Chamber of Commerce – Arthur Boring Building
  • Denise’s Boutique – TECO Expo Hall
  • Jean Kay – TECO Expo Hall
  • Simmons Engraving and Monogramming – South side of Parke Exhibit Building & Woodrow Wilson Street
  • Country Homemade – Softtub Spas Carriage House
  • Anita’s Country Keepsakes – Stadium Exhibit Hall
  • Two Blondes Boutique – Parke Exhibit Building
  • Designs by Diana – Parke Exhibit Building
  • Country Corner – Stadium Exhibit Building


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. & Miss Berry – Official Mascots

Meet and Greet Opportunities

Mr. Berry and Miss. Berry, the Florida Strawberry Festival’s official mascots, love meeting our guests and having their picture taken! There is no better way to commemorate your visit to the Festival than by getting a picture with THE berry best! Mr. and Miss Berry Meet and Greets take place each day at 11:00 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the Orthotic Works gazebo next to the Red Lost and Found Caboose. No official Festival photos will be available, so make sure you bring your phone or camera!

Strawberry Contests

Deep-Fried Strawberry Pie On a Stick Relay, Thursday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m., Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent

Come see teams of four compete in the Deep Fried Strawberry Pie On a Stick Relay. The Deep Fried Strawberry Pie On a Stick Relay is sponsored by George’s Fun Foods. 

Youth Strawberry Stemming Contest: Saturday, March 5, 2 p.m. (registration begins at 1:30 p.m.), 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 7, 5 p.m. (registration begins at 1:30 p.m.), 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 8,  2 p.m., 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 10, 2:00 p.m., 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. Clements “Make Your Own” Shortcake Booth.

Strawberry Mashed Potato Pie Eating Contest: Friday, March 11,  3 p.m., 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

  • Kiddie Korral, open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Strawberry Merchandise

Florida Strawberries Cookbook- Is a collaborative project between Florida Strawberries Growers Association and Hoffman Media. It showcases the fresh from Florida strawberries with approximately 70 sweet and savory recipes. These creative recipes will be an inspiration in your kitchen. Get your copy of the Florida Strawberries Cookbook to get a taste of summer all winter long! New lower price, $19.95, cash or check only please. $5 shipping applies.

The Florida Strawberry Festival: A Brief History. It is the story of the Florida Strawberry Festival and its many years in the small community of Plant City, Florida. Available now in hardback copies for $30, cash or check only.