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Florida Strawberry Festival

Wearing our strawberry hats

I went to the Florida Strawberry Festival yesterday with a couple of friends, and while they apparently have concerts and pig races and a fairway and crafts and all types of other stuff, we went for the food:

Deep fried Pepsi was concentrated Pepsi syrup fried in dough. Eating this was like having all the bite of a Pepsi in one squirt. It was weirdly appealing. Deep fried butter was amazing – a frozen ball of butter is coated in batter and then deep fried. The butter melts, so when you take a bite, you are essentially drinking hot, delicious butter. I can’t think of anything better than that.

Deep Fried Pepsi and Deep Fried Butter

The Krispy Kreme burger was a heart attack waiting to happen, and I can’t imagine eating a whole one by myself. You take two hot, fresh Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts, and slap a thin burger patty with cheese and bacon in between. The sweet and salty combination made this our favorite food of the entire day.

Krispy Kreme Burger

Take salty, crispy Hormel bacon and a chocolate dipping sauce with the consistency of a fondue, and you have a winner. The chocolate dipped bacon was just a better variation on the whole “French Fry in the Frosty” thing that all of us have tried at some point.

Chocolate Dipped Bacon

No visit to the Strawberry Festival is complete without some strawberry shortcake. The strawberries are the freshest you could possibly find, and the shortcake is soft and moist. Definitely a favorite, even if it’s simple.

Strawberry Shortcake

In conclusion: We drove an hour and a half to spend three hours eating some of the unhealthiest foods known to mankind and managed to avoid doing anything at all socially relevant or participatory at the same time. All in all, win win.

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49 Replies to “Florida Strawberry Festival”

    • krystal w

      @Bonnie B.,

      You would be amazed at the amount of food the Scottish folk deep fry. Deep fried Mars bars, Deep Fried Pizza, Deep Fried burger (yuck), fried ice cream, deep fried pies, sausages, fish etc. My husband is a Scot and he misses it at times. I wouldnt mind trying the butter for some odd reason lol.

  1. Lilacspecs

    I can’t even force myself to try a deep fried oreo or Mars bar and those have been around for a long time. It’s just so blatantly unhealthy I can’t justify eating it.

    But out of curiosity, with the band on your stomach, were you sick afterwards? I’m not trying to be a hyper critical douche, I’m just curious as to how it works when you consume things that are so rich.

    • Avitable

      @Lilacspecs, I only ate small samplings of everything, and rich food doesn’t upset my band at all. Some people have that affect, but for me it’s only really quantity that makes me sick. If I ate too much, I might have felt that way.

  2. hello haha narf

    can i get a heads up as to the festival dates next year so that i can schlep my ass down there? that food is totally worth the trip.

    although i really need to make fun of you for having that surgery and working so had to lose the weight only to have you heat a krispie kreme burger and fried everything. nutjob!

  3. Hockeymandad

    I want to try and eat all of that, except maybe the fried pepsi. meh. We were going to go today but instead I’m playing hockey at 530 in Maitland at the RDV. The kids get to come watch so that’s more exciting to them. Even if the tem I’m subbing for is 0-12, perhaps my goaltending skills is what they need.

    I want that burger though. Also, found Baconaise for sale($7) at Cavalari’s in Oviedo.

  4. Faiqa

    In Exodus, as the the Jews wander the desert, God sends down a sweet bread like food to sustain them as they search for the Holy Land. I am most definitely, absolutely, and positively sure that this food was Krispy Kreme donuts.

    I mean, even though I don’t eat bacon, the state of my eternal salvation was momentarily put in flux at the site of that particular bacon cheeseburger.

    I feel inspired…

    Ode to Krispy Kreme Cheeseburgers:

    “I would eat them with some cheese.

    I would eat them on my knees.

    I would eat them with some meat.

    I would eat them in the street.

    Alas that I cannot eat them with bacon,

    For this my eternal soul would be forsaken.”

    I know, I know. I’m like Shakespeare. But instead of love, human existence, or power, I choose to illuminate mankind on the existential nature of donuts.

  5. B.E. Earl

    That Krispy Kreme burger doesn’t do anything for me. I’m not a huge fan of sweet with my savory. I prefer more savory.

    But I might make an exception for the chocolate dipped bacon. Well done, sir!

    Welcome to the Pork Side of the Force.

  6. Meg

    In Asshole, Oklahoma, we only get to eat like that once a year: state fair. So I’m totally jealous.

    The chocolate bacon is one of my favorites! And the Krispy Kreme burger? Now I want to try it!

    Must go in search of fair food now…

  7. martymankins

    The town I grew up in – Garden Grove, CA – had an annual strawberry festival. It’s been years since I’ve been, but I really enjoyed it.

    The Utah State Fair has those deep fried confections. I tried a deep fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich and it was actually good. The deep fried Pepsi doesn’t sound good. Nothing about any heated up soda sounds good to me.

  8. Zakary

    In Oklahoma, they have the ‘Chicken Donut’ sandwich. Fried chicken patty, American cheese squished between two glazed donuts. It’s delicious.

    Also, I’ve had fried oreos,the fried Twinkies, fried Snickers courtesy of the OK State Fair. (Not all at the same time.)

    Every thing pictured above is delicious and I would have eaten all of it. Ain’t no shame in my game.

  9. Meg

    WOW, fried BUTTER? Bacon with chocolate dipping sauce? I gotta get out more. I have heard of the donut/burger – I hear Paula Deen came up with that one because there were no buns in her kitchen.

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