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Let’s all go to the Florida Strawberry Festival, Feb. 27 through March 9


2014 Plant City Strawberry Festival runs 11 days 

This article includes:

  • Entertainment Line-up

  • B&Bs and Lodging in Plant City

  • Campgrounds near Plant City

  • Things to Do in Plant City

  • Weather Forecast for Plant City

 

Florida Strawberry Festival concert stage

 The Florida Strrawberry Festival rocks this normally quiet little agricultural town, attracting thousands  of fans every day for 11 days to the epicenter of strawberry fields — Plant City.

Plant City is the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World.

Every year — dating back to 1930 — they show off at harvest time with Florida’s largest agricultural festival as more than a million people converge on Plant City for an 11-day party. The Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City rivals any state fair in the country with its agricultural displays, livestock shows, arts and crafts, local food, headline music concerts and huge carnival midway.

The entertainment line-up is extraordinary, including legendary Nashville recording artists Ronnie Milsap, Little Big Town, Charlie Pride, Crystal Gayle, the Oak Ridge Boys, Brenda Lee, The Band Perry, Kellie Pickler and Rascal Flatts. Check out the complete list below, and click on their names if you don’t know who they are.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.flstrawberryfestival.com, by phone at 813-754-1996, or in person at the Amscot Main Ticket Gate, 2209 West Oak Avenue in Plant City. Concert tickets and festival admission are sold separately. Advanced-sale festival admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Headliners include Rascal Flatts, Kellie Pickler, Boyz II Men

An all-star line-up of top country, rock and pop performers is on tap for the 2014. Some of shows are free with the price of admission, while others range in price from $15 to $55. Among the headliners this year are:

For prices and times for specific shows, go to the Headline Entertainment web page There will also be free entertainment throughout the festival grounds.

It’ll be a strawberry pickin’ good time!

If you want to avoid the crowds during the Strawberry Festival, you can visit this area any time during the berry-picking season, from January through April and be immersed in the strawberry culture. (Blueberries are also grown here, with the harvest’s peak in May.)

Although most commercial growers in the area do not allow you to pick your own strawberries, there are a few family farms that do. Here’s one that comes recommended by readers at pickyourown.org: Spivey Farms, 6101 South County Road 39, Plant City, FL 33567 (813) 650-8999 (Call for hours)

Weather Forecast

Weather Forecast for Plant City
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It is forcast to be Thunderstorm at 11:00 PM EDT on July 15, 2014
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It is forcast to be Thunderstorm at 11:00 PM EDT on July 17, 2014
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It is forcast to be Partly Cloudy at 11:00 PM EDT on July 18, 2014
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It is forcast to be Partly Cloudy at 11:00 PM EDT on July 19, 2014
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Chance of a Thunderstorm
91°/77°

Picking your own strawberries:

  • Dress comfortably. Wear loose fit clothing.
  • Wear a hat or cap and bring sunscreen.
  • Bring your own containers.
  • If you plan to spend the day, take ice to keep berries cool.
  • Select only firm ripe berries.
  • Be careful not to remove the tops of the berries.
  • Make an effort to pick every ripe berry on each plant rather than jumping from plant to plant and row to row.

Did you pick too many strawberries? Check out Louise Sanchez’ Herbs, Crafts and Gifts blog about canning strawberries that her husband picked at the Strawberry Palace on U.S. 60 in Plant City.

Things To Do In Plant City

Parkesdale Farm Market Parkesdale Farm Market, www.parkesdale.com The largest family operated strawberry and citrus market in Florida, this farm harvests more than 3 million pounds of strawberries each year. You can also find plenty of citrus and other locally grown produce. 3702 W. Baker Street, Plant City,  FL 33563, (813) 752-0502

Fred’s Southern Kitchen, www.fredsmarket.com The Johnson family has turned Southern cooking into a major attraction around Plant City, especially now that the legendary Branch Ranch Dining Room has closed. Fred’s Southern Kitchen is ranked No. 1 of 39 restaurants in Plant City on TripAdvisor. 1401 W. MLK Blvd., Plant City, FL 33563, (813) 752-7763

Dinosaur World , www.dinosaurworld.com A great diversion for the kids, Dinosaur World is an outdoor “museum” where you can see 150 life-sized models of prehistoric dinosaurs. Built on the site of a former alligator farm, the dinosaur models are up to 80 feet in length and are grouped as they may have lived in a variety of settings and lush vegetation. 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City, FL (813) 717-9865

Lodging In Plant City

Back to Eden B&B in Plant City.Back To Eden B&B – Dave and Sherry Orcutt are your hosts at this unique plantation-style country inn with a swimming pool on six and a half acres with a long private drive. The Orcutts promote a healthy Christian lifestyle. There are five themed rooms ranging in price from $125- $185 per night. 4906 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City, FL 33565 (888) 808-8018  www.backtoedenbandb.com

Strrawberry House in Plant CityStrawberry House B&B – Located in the Historic District of downtown, the Strawberry House is just four blocks away from Plant City’s antique shops, dining and shopping. Your privacy is assured with the inn’s four rooms with private baths ranging in price from $65 to $95. 805 N. Wheeler Street, Plant City, FL 33563 (813) 759-0279. www.strawberryhouseb-b.com

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RV and Tent Campgrounds Near Plant City

Campsite at Hillsborough River State Park near Tampa

Campsite at Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park. 15402 U.S. 301 North, Thonotosassas, FL 33592. This state park has 112 sites with water, electric, picnic tables and fire ring. (Dump station available.)  The Hillsborough River cuts through the park, offering opportunities for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Hikers will find seven miles of nature trails. Bicycles permitted on the 2.2-mile Park Loop and the 1.6-mile Wetlands Restoration Trail. Rates:  $24 per night, includes water and electric.  Some walk-on sites. Call (813) 987-6771 for more information.

Alafia River State Park, County Road 39 S, Lithia, FL.  Alafia has some of the most challenging off-road bicycle trails in Florida, rambling 17 miles through the park’s varying elevations. Hikers and equestrians have another 20 miles of hiking and horse trails available, and there is access to lakes and the river for kayaks and canoes, as well as fishing.  The campground lies along the conifer-lined shore of Lake Alafia with great views. There are 30 spacious campsites with electric, water, picnic tables and a fire ring.  Rates:  $22 per night.

Edward Medard Park and Reservoir, 5276 Panther Loop, Plant City, FL.  This 1200-acre park is co-managed by Hillsborough County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. It includes a 700-acre reservoir with a white sand beach with boat access for paddlers and fisherman.  Equestrians enjoy the 3.25-mile bridle path, and you can rent horses at stables near the park. Hiking is also available on all roads and trails.  There are 40 campsites with water, electric, picnic tables and grills located on two heavily wooded loops near the lake. Reservations are not accepted and sites are $16 per night, first come, first served. Call (813) 975-2160 for more information.

Lithia Springs County Park, 3932 Lithia Springs Road, Lithia, FL 33547. This campground has 40 sites for RV, tents and trailers with fire ring, table, water and electric hookups. (Dump station on site). The major attraction of this 160-acre park is its natural spring with excellent swimming. The spring feeds the Alafia River, offering multiple canoe and kayaking opportunities.  Rates:  $24 ($18 for seniors).  No reservations accepted. Walk-ons only, first come, first served. Credit cards are not accepted. Call (813) 744-5572 for more information.

More nearby natural Florida camping:

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Other Florida Rambler adventures near Plant City:

Birding near Lakeland: Circle B Bar Reserve

Van Fleet Bike Trail: 29 Miles of Rural Solitude

Withlacoochee River: Scenic kayak trail

Baseball and camping: 2014 Spring Training Guide

Manatee watching: Where to see manatees in Florida

Links

Florida Strawberry Festival

Yelp! Reviews of the Strawberry Festival

Florida Strawberry Growers Association

Directions: Easily accessible from Interstate 4 via Exits 17, 19 and 21. Follow the signs. Click here for a downloadable site map that identifies event locations and parking.

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23 Comments

  1. Dede Speakman says:

    We had a great time…fun..and we didnt have to pay to see the show..They had a free area..it was great..and Bonnie met us there..fun..

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  3. Thank you so much for listing Parkesdale!

  4. Bonni Chapman says:

    Where do you park for the festival and how much can I expect to pay? Are there any atm machines onsite?

  5. cissy flowers says:

    my family and i are trying to find out how much it is to get into the strawberry festival. is there a cover charge plus ride cover charge. we want to go sunday the third. can someone help please

  6. Are we able to tailgate on concert days?

  7. Belinda Braham says:

    I cannot seem to understand why the Florida Strawberry Festival will and does not honor Essie Lewis. She was the 1st Black on the Queen Court(1973 1st Maid). She was/is a beautiful and wonderful person. Why?

  8. charles potter says:

    I need a electric cart to rent to ride on.can you help me locate place to rent THANK YOU

    • Bob Rountree Bob Rountree says:

      From Sunny Smith at the Festival: We rent electric carts, and on our map there will be a symbol where you can rent them.

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