Insight Credit Union Floral City Strawberry Festival Arrives March 5th and 6th
It’s less then 3 weeks until the Chamber’s annual Floral City Strawberry Festival, and have we got a great event planned! Here are some of what is in store for you:
Entertainment: Two days of almost continuous entertainment on the main stage in the middle of the festival grounds.
11 am – 1 pm: The “Amazzing” Steel Drum Ensemble returns for another year to perform happy music with a tropical, flair on hand-crafted steel drums. A project of The Good Spirit Foundation in Hernando, these talented young people are perennial crowd pleasers.
1 pm – 5 pm: Hayfire is Orlando’s hottest, high energy country music band. Although this is their first appearance at the Floral City Strawberry Festival, they have played numerous venues in Citrus County with great response. We are pleased to introduce Hayfire to our festival audiance.
10 am – 12 pm: Also making their first appearance at the Floral City Strawberry Festival is the Jody Beggs Band. Growing up in a musical family near Gainesville, FL, Jody formed his first band in 1984. He moved to Nashville, TN, a few years later where he formed a new band that opened shows for country music stars like George Jones, Merle Haggard, Charlie Daniels and the Judds. Now back in Florida, Jody recently released an album, “It’s a Florida Thing”.
1 pm – 4 pm: Susanne Smith Band is the band that Citrus County just can’t get enough of! Called the “big voice in a small package”, Susanne is known for her incredible 4-octave range, tremendous versatility and wide range of styles, Susanne and her band always wows their audiences.
Additionally, the talented DJ John Diorio will be on hand throughout the festival playing the perfect entre-act tunes.
Beer and Wine Garden: Adults may enjoy the entertainment accompanied by smooth libations in the Beer and Wine Garden by the entertainment stage. Wine has been added to the list this year, along with a selection of craft beers.
Festival Vendors: Nearly 200 booths of unique art and craft, business marketplace, non-profit organizations will wind through the festival with handmade goods, distinctive merchandise, and beneficial information that will be sure to have just the perfect treasures that you will want to bring home with you.
Festival Food: How can you ever resist festival food? So many mouth-watering options to choose from, including arepas, Greek, Cajun and Caribbean foods, seafood, BBQ, homemade Belgian ice cream and much, much more will tempt you to wait until tomorrow to go back on that pesky diet.
Strawberry Shortcakes : We will be busy, busy, busy churning out the most delectable strawberry shortcake ever. We know you will make a beeline to the shortcake tent to put your spoons into the juicy, whipped cream topped strawberries over the soft cake soaking in the sweet strawberry juices. NEW THIS YEAR are milkshakes! A limited number of fresh strawberry milkshakes will be available as we test out this new treat.
FRESH Strawberries!!: This is what you really come for, right!!?? Fresh picked full and half flats of local Ferris Farm-grown berries will be available for purchase for you to take home to make your own sweet goodies. Here’s where we can be healthy: Strawberries are one of the best fresh food sources of antioxidants, polyphenols that may help regulate blood sugar and Vitamin C, among other vitamins and minerals. So buy and eat up!
Miss Strawberry Pageants:
9 am: Little Miss Strawberry Princess Pageant (for 4 – 6 year olds)
10 am: Miss Strawberry Princess Pageant (for 7 – 12 year olds)
Pie-Eating Contests: It’s messy, but great fun! Try your hand at the strawberry pie eating contests at 12:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday near the shortcake pavilion. There will be contests for the adults, along with special contests for the little ones. And yes, we do provide water and towlettes for post- noshing cleanup up faces and hands.
Kids Zone: When you see the Kids Zone, even the adults want to be kids again! With a rock wall, bungee jump, inflatables, pony rides, kiddie train, and petting zoo, the young ones will want to stay all day. NEW THIS YEAR are human hamster balls!
Travelling A’s: These classy Model A cars will once again be on exhibit all day Saturday.