Savoring the Sweetness: In-Depth Guide to Strawberry Festival Tampa

Year after year, the Florida Strawberry Festival brings sweet fun to Plant City, Florida. This beloved event will return for its 89th annual celebration, bringing another round of delightful experiences to the festival grounds.

Get ready for a comprehensive guide to the 2024 Florida Strawberry Festival, the ultimate celebration of Florida’s favorite berry. This annual event in Plant City offers much more than strawberries, bringing the community together for 11 days of rides, shows, exhibits, food, and family fun.  Read on to learn about its fascinating history, ticket options, highlights, entertainment, and the mouthwatering food that makes the festival famous. From strawberry shortcake to fair rides and livestock shows, this guide will uncover everything you need to know to fully experience the Tampa Strawberry Festival.

Whether you’re a returning guest or planning your first visit, this is your resource for getting the inside scoop. Without further ado, let’s start uncovering what makes this fruit-filled festival an unforgettable tradition for all ages!

The Rich History of the Florida Strawberry Festival: A Trip Down Memory Lane

The Florida Strawberry Festival began in 1930 when the Plant City Lions Club organized an event to celebrate the area’s bountiful strawberry harvest. After a hiatus during WWII, the festival returned in 1948 with help from American Legion Post #26 and has continued each spring since.

This community-oriented event has grown into one of the top fairs in North America while preserving the agricultural and cultural legacy of Plant City strawberries. Governed by a board of directors, the festival unites volunteers and welcomes visitors to enjoy exhibits, entertainment, contests and strawberry treats.

Through its evolving history, the Florida Strawberry Festival represents an enduring tradition bringing the community together to showcase local strawberries and heritage. This iconic seasonal fair continues to honor Plant City’s agricultural roots by celebrating the flavorful fruit that put the town on the map.

Mark Your Calendars: When is the 2024 Florida Strawberry Festival

Wondering when and where is the “Strawberry Festival Tampa”? The event, often mistaken as Tampa Strawberry Festival, pulls in over half a million visitors annually, all flocking to 303 BerryFest Place, Plant City in Hillsborough County.

This much-anticipated event is set to run from February 29 to March 10, 2024. Prepare to indulge in 11 days of fresh strawberries, warm community vibes, and top-notch entertainment during the 2024 Florida Strawberry Festival.

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Ticket Information: Guide to Purchasing Your Pass for the 2024 Festival

Looking to buy tickets for the Florida Strawberry Festival? It’s pretty simple! Visit the official website to purchase your gate admission tickets, which allow flexibility with one-time entry on any day of the festival.

Prefer a more traditional method? You can also order your tickets over the phone. Give the box office a call at (813) 754-1996. The tickets will be mailed to you. But remember, tickets purchased closer to the festival date will be kept for you at the Solution Source Box Office at the venue. It’s your pick!

Spotlight on the Highlights: What Not to Miss at the 2024 Florida Strawberry Festival

Planning and preparing is well underway for the 2024 festivities. Florida Strawberry Festival President Kyle Robinson has expressed his excitement about reuniting everyone in Plant City for a spectacular celebration of Florida’s prized berry.

Don’t miss out on some extraordinary highlights of the event:

Agricultural and Cultural Exhibits

Immerse yourself in a vibrant display of the region’s agricultural prowess, business acumen, fine arts, crafts, and horticultural talents. From livestock exhibits to elaborate crafts, the festival embodies the rich heritage and culture of the area.

Headline Entertainment

With a wide-ranging array of exciting performances, the Florida Strawberry Festival never fails to entertain. In 2024, the concert lineup boasts an impressive variety of acts. Country sensation, Jordan Davis, will grace the stage, and fans are eagerly anticipating his performance.

Listen to the timeless sounds of the legendary Beach Boys, whose tunes continue to captivate audiences of all ages. Rock music enthusiasts can look forward to the electrifying show from Oliver Anthony on February 29, among several other notable performances. It’s a star-studded lineup you won’t want to miss!

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Parades and Contests

Experience the cheerful ambiance, brought alive by exciting parades featuring ornate floats and rhythmic marching bands. Dive into the fun-filled community spirit with a range of engaging contests and competitions that the festival offers.

Belle City Midway

Plunge into a riot of colors and dazzling visual effects at the midway of the Florida Strawberry Festival. With more than 80 thrilling rides and attractions, this area of the festival promises an adrenaline-pumping adventure. From challenging games to electrifying competitions, there’s no shortage of excitement to add to your festival experience.

Delicious Strawberry-Based Treats

With a purpose to honor Florida’s abundantly produced strawberries, the festival boasts a variety of scrumptious attractions. One of the most delightful among them is the unique experience of crafting your very own strawberry shortcake.

Foodies Unite: Delectable Food Options at the Florida Strawberry Festival

If you’re planning to attend the Florida Strawberry Festival, you’re in for a culinary treat. The festival proudly showcases an array of tempting strawberry-centred delights. These treats range from traditional strawberry shortcakes to more inventive options like strawberry brisket tacos. Let’s explore what’s on the menu:

Within the festival grounds, your taste buds can dance with flavors like chocolate-dipped strawberries, strawberry cheesecake, and cobbler. If that’s not enough, satisfy your cravings with a refreshing strawberry milkshake, parfait, or the crowd-favorite, fruit-filled dole whip.

For those craving salty and sweet, the festival’s Belle City Midway dishes up comfort food classics like corndogs and funnel cakes, topped off with a sprinkle of sweet, addictive kettle korn.

But the gastronomic journey doesn’t end inside the festival. Plant City, home to the Strawberry Festival, wears its title as the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World with pride.

Extend your culinary adventure by visiting local restaurants and eateries that feature strawberries prominently in their offerings. The Strawberry Hut, Parkesdale Farm Market, and Fred’s Market Restaurant are local favorites.

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Tampa Attractions

Busch Gardens

After enjoying the delightful strawberries, make sure to visit this next top attraction just moments away from Plant City. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay offers everything from thrilling rides to live performances, and a home to over 12,000 animals.

This 335-acre Tampa theme park, a crowd favorite for family fun, boasts award-winning shows, exciting animal encounters, water rides, a ‘day as a zookeeper’ experience, and safari-themed dining and shopping. You won’t want to miss it!

Adventure Island

Busch Gardens® Tampa’s Adventure Island is a family-friendly water park hosting a variety of rides and attractions. It offers an array of experiences, from high-speed slides to a sizable wave pool, peaceful waterfalls, and a relaxing lazy river.

Alongside these aquatic adventures, guests can indulge in themed dining and shopping and even rent a cabana for an upscale relaxation experience. Enjoy all this while soaking up the Floridian sunshine.

Florida Aquarium

Have you ever been dazzled by the grandeur of underwater ecosystems? Then you may want to visit the Florida Aquarium during your trip to the Strawberry Festival in 2024.

One exciting feature is a Wetlands habitat that showcases a mangrove forest and a variety of free-flying birds. For thrill-seekers, there’s a massive half-million-gallon reef ecosystem, housing creatures like sharks, rays, moray eels, and sea turtles.

Plus, do keep an eye out for the Journey to Madagascar exhibit where you can spot playful ring-tailed lemurs and vibrant chameleons. There’s truly something for everyone!

Make Sweet Memories at the 2024 Florida Strawberry Festival

The 2024 Florida Strawberry Festival continues a long tradition of honoring community and local agriculture. This annual celebration in Plant City shines a spotlight on entertainment, contests, exhibits, and Tampa’s favorite berry.

From headline concerts to strawberry shortcake, rides to craft displays, the festival offers endless fun for all ages. Visitors delight in the tastes, sights, and sounds of this vibrant berry bash each spring.

As a monument to the region’s fertile farmland, the festival upholds an enduring legacy spanning over nine decades. Don’t miss the sweetest festival around at the 2024 Florida Strawberry Festival – an unforgettable experience packed with strawberry spirit!

Still have questions? Visit the official FAQ page here.


Start Date:

February 29, 2024 @ 10:00 am CST

End Date:

March 10, 2024 @ 10:00 pm CDT



Strawberry Festival Tampa

303 BerryFest Place
Plant City, FL 33563


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Written by Archie Villaflores

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