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7 New Foods Debuting at the 2024 Florida Strawberry Festival

The Florida Strawberry Festival kicks off Thursday in Plant City. 7 new foods are making their debut this year alongside the classics like Amish Doughnuts, Fiske Fries, and Smitty's Corndogs. Here's what's new and where to find them when you're at the festival. What's New For 2024 The Strawberry Sriracha Chicken Sandwich The Aussie Grill by Outback is offering this one. There's nothing more southern than fried chicken. But add a kick of sriracha and strawberry flavor to make it uniquely Plant City. They'll also serve their OG Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Tenders, and the Bacon Bomb Burger. look for Aussie Grill on Ford Lane. Almond Joy Funnel Cake Mama Jane dreamed this one up. She revealed this year's creation last year on the Geno Ate Tampa podcast. Mama comes up with a new funnel cake creation every year for the Florida Strawberry Festival and has been featured countless time on the TV show Carnival Eats. This one's a traditional funnel cake dusted with powdered sugar, a homemade coconut and almond topping and is drizzled with sweet, milk chocolate syrup. Find the Best Around truck on the North side of the Entenmann’s Strawberry Tent near the main stage. Bacon, Caramel, Peanut Butter Apple Fries Their award-winning apple fries topped with crispy bacon, Ghirardelli caramel and peanut butter powder. It is “Out of This World!” Fairgoers have the option of adding ice cream which makes a good thing even better. Apple Fries is located on West Independent near the West entrance of the Stadium Exhibit Building. Belgium Waffle Strawberry Sundae A fresh Belgium waffle with pearlized sugar, warmed, then topped with strawberry vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries & finished with a dollop of whipped cream and a fresh strawberry. SanJon Concessions is located near the Florida Strawberry Festival History Center and Gift Shop. Berry Battered Golden Oreo A golden Oreo dipped in a strawberry funnel cake batter, topped with powdered sugar, ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream and drizzled with sweet strawberry syrup. George’s Fun Foods is located on Edwards Street. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Slush The chocolate covered strawberry slush is laced with Hershey’s chocolate syrup, topped with whipped cream, a generous chocolate drizzle and finished with a chocolate covered strawberry. Find this one at Moose Joose Slush on Woodrow Wilson. Deep fried Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Dough Strawberry shortcake cookie dough dipped in sweet funnel cake batter, fried golden brown, topped with strawberry syrup and dusted with powdered sugar. Located at Carousel Foods near East Independent. The Classics All of those sound good, but I tend to stick with the tried and true Strawberry Festival classics. [caption id="attachment_461588" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] These gems from Parkesdale Farm Market are a must. But resist the urge to eat them when you're at the festival![/caption] Strawberry Cookies Get these LAST! Buy a bag on your way out. I'm going to warn you. These are addictive. Do NOT buy them while you're wandering around the festival or you'll eat the whole bag. You won't have any room for the next 9 gotta have foods. But the soft chewy texture and sweet flavor of strawberry... you can't beat these cookies. They're iconic. But again... save them for the next day. If you tear the bag open, you will have to go buy another bag. [caption id="attachment_461591" align="aligncenter" width="768"] We love the sweet stuff at the Florida Strawberry Festival, but the noodles are a nice change of pace for your taste buds to give them a break from all the sugar.[/caption] Island Noodles This is one of those "If ya know, ya know" picks. You wouldn't think noodles would be on your shopping list when you go to the fair. But the Island Noodles are a very underrated offering. I've only spotted these once and tried them after a listener recommendation. You're going to have enough sugar today... this is a good way to start. Get something a little salty and savory before you overdose on sweets. I'm hoping someone can verify these haven't disappeared from the Florida Strawberry Festival. I haven't seen them in a while. Update! I'm told they are still at the Festival. Look for Island Noodles west of the main stage before the rides. [caption id="attachment_461594" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Look for the blue and white sign for the best fries around. They've been at it since 1938 and practice makes perfect. But when you ask them the secret, they'll just tell you they keep it simple.[/caption] Fiske Fries We eat french fries all the time with our daily drive thru lives, so why fries? Fiske french fries are legendary for a reason. They are never frozen. Homemade makes a big difference. They have a great deep flavor and are a fun finger food to munch on and share. At least that's what I hear. I'm not big on sharing my food. [caption id="attachment_461603" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The glaze dripping off the doughnuts is hypnotizing.[/caption] Amish Doughnuts Amish doughnuts were the first food I fell in love with at the Florida Strawberry Festival. Simple but oh so good. Just watching the glaze drip off the doughnuts is hypnotizing. If you don't make it to Plant City this year, you'll usually find the family selling the doughnuts at the Florida State Fair in Tampa as well. Peachey's is based out of Sarasota. By the way, their pretzels are a fantastic choice too if you don't have a sweet tooth. Fried Cheese Curds Seek these out. I'm telling you right now you won't regret it. I LOVE cheese curds. If you've ever been to Canada, they're so fresh they sell them at room temperature where they have the nickname "squeaky cheese" because they squeak when you bite in to them. So so good. But those ones in Montreal that I love are just plain raw cheese. They deep fry these suckers. Be sure to get the dipping sauce too. We're not going for healthy here. [caption id="attachment_461615" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Clearly I'm a whipped cream fan. I put more on than any normal person would so that's why I like to make my own.[/caption] Strawberry Shortcake A trip to Plant City without having strawberry shortcake is just plain wrong. And it's a must. But #1 is #1 for a reason. We'll get to that in a second. You're going to have a lot of options for strawberry shortcake. After all, it's the star of the show at the Florida Strawberry Festival. My personal pick is the Saint Clement's tent. Ask for it by name. There, you make your OWN shortcake. You pick - biscuit or cake... how much topping do you want. Customizing your strawberry shortcake ensures you'll get it the way you like it. If you want 1 strawberry and a half gallon of whipped cream, knock yourself out! [select-listicle listicle_id="398996" syndication_name="before-you-visit-the-florida-strawberry-festival-10-pro-tips" description="no"]

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