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Florida Strawberry Festival – Parkesdale’s Masterpieces

February 28th marked the beginning of the 2013 Florida Strawberry Festival.  The Florida Strawberry Festival will run for ten days through March 10th.  Parkesdale Farms has been a part of the Florida Strawberry Festival since the 60s.  According to Peggy Parke, this year marks the 40th Anniversary of Parkesdale Farms selling our wonderful berries at the Florida Strawberry Festival.


Florida Strawberry Festival

Parkesdale Farms Booth @ Florida Strawberry Festival

This year’s theme for the Florida Strawberry Festival is “Our Masterpiece of Fun”.  To keep with the theme, Bobby and Peggy Parke added these “Masterpieces” to their booth.


Jimmy and I had so much fun looking up for great pictures to add a touch of our own masterpiece: Parkesdale berries.  I can’t take credit for the Mona Lisa because that was Bobby’s idea.  And the Norman Rockwell painting was Jimmy’s.



Colleen’s booth at the festival is always full of beautiful flowering plants in bloom as well as her famous strawberry baskets filled with big red berries.

Florida Strawberry Festival

Parkesdale Greenhouses Booth

In her booth, we have a quilt made by one of our long time customers.  She made it for Cheryl out of Parkesdale Market t-shirts.  It’s super cute and comfy.

Parkesdale Tshirt Quilt

As part of the 2013 Florida Strawberry Festival celebrations, headline entertainers include Chubby Checker, Foreigner, Justin Moore, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride,  Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton and many more.  There are two concerts daily at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm.  Additional tickets are needed for these concerts; however, there are free seats available on a first come, first served basis.


Night time entertainment at the Florida Strawberry Festival

Night time entertainment at the Florida Strawberry Festival

We were lucky enough to be invited by some friends last night to see Foreigner.  It was incredible to see how much energy this band had on stage.  So glad we went!  In addition to the great music entertainment, the food at the fair is amazing.  After going there for a few years now, I definitively have my favorites.

Best Lemonade and Funnel Cake at the Florida Strawberry Festival

Best Lemonade and Funnel Cake at the Florida Strawberry Festival

The best lemonade and elephant ears can be found right outside our booth by gate 9.  These funnel cakes are fluffy, crispy and perfectly sweet.  The lemonade is freshly squeezed made with real lemons.

Favorite French Fries with Malt Vinegar

Favorite French Fries with Malt Vinegar

Another favorite is the Fiske Fries with the malt vinegar.  And right next to them, you can find the best deep fried veggies.  Inside the Expo Hall, I always stop by Alessi Bakeries’ booth to get a Napoleon.  Gotta have one.  You also have to get one of their deviled crabs.  Yum.  Another must have is the kettle corn.


The Midway is always fun.  As a mom of two little girls, I appreciate that there are two areas for small children.  The small children area on the East side of the Florida Strawberry Festival is larger than the area in the Midway.  We mostly stay on the East side area because the girls really like the “fun houses” and the bumper boats.


Great fashions for little girls and all things cute.

Great fashions for little girls and all things cute.

Another fun part of the Florida Strawberry Festival is the craft vendors.  Every year, we stop by a few of my favorites.  Right across from Colleen’s Parkesdale Greenhouses booth is Meme and Me.  This is the cutest booth for little girls.  This booth is filled with tutus, hair bows, butterfly wings and everything a little girl could wish for.  My favorite vendor is this little booth that looks like a gypsy store in the West Bleachers Exhibit.  They have really cute tops and dresses for special occasions.


What’s your favorite part of the Florida Strawberry Festival?

Have you ever been to the Florida Strawberry Festival?

Does your town have a special festival?

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by Xiomara (182 Posts)

Hi! I'm Xiomara. My love for strawberries started at a young age. As a child growing up in Puerto Rico, eating strawberries was a special treat. Fast forward to 2007, we packed our home and moved to Plant City, the winter strawberry capital of the world.



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One Response to “Florida Strawberry Festival – Parkesdale’s Masterpieces”

  1. Kate Slagel says:

    I just went to the festival yesterday! I look forward to it every year, unfortunately some years it comes and goes so quickly I miss it. This year wasn’t about to be that year. I took my boyfriend for his first time yesterday and he was amazed. We pretty much ate our way through the festival grounds and played enough games to win goldfish to make them the most expensive jumbo goldfish yet. They are now sitting in a 5-gallon tank at home–I had to go to WalMart when I got home last night and buy it. I make the same mistake every year winning goldfish after spending a lot of money and having to turn around and spend more money for a tank and food but I’ll never learn. I just love it so much. I’m hoping to get a second chance to go before it ends but it is my friend’s birthday weekend and he has plenty of plans for everyone.

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