Strawberries are delicious fruits, and strawberry festivals are delicious events. The Brandywine Health Foundation Strawberry Festival is a delicious event. Enough said, right? Well it gets even better because yes, there are tons of fun things to do. In fact there is so much to do; the festival is four very busy days long. Except the kicker is that this festival is designed exclusively to help raise funds for the Coatesville Youth Initiative, a charity whose mission is to strengthen healthcare accessibility to children who may not have it otherwise. Now that’s enough to make the sweetest strawberries taste even better.
Being a festival very much geared towards family fun, the most popular area of the festival is undoubtedly Strawberryland. A place intended specifically for younger kids, Strawberryland is a hub of activities and games, and inflatable attractions like a moon bounce, obstacle course, and slides. The accompanying Berry Blast Zone is a place for older kids – and even adults – to have fun with a gigantic rock wall, plenty of activities, and a really cool video game trailer. Throw in the Strawberry Jam Battle of the Bands on Thursday, Fireworks on Friday, nonstop music on Saturday and Sunday, and carnival rides through it all, and Strawberry Festival is truly loaded with fun. Street level, there is plenty more to see and do including stilt-walkers, magicians, balloon artists, and people dressed as giant strawberries. A contest for “Strawberriest Kid” is a crowd pleaser.
At Strawberry Festival there is an impressive selection of food and craft vendors which round off the excitement. With over a dozen food vendors, the area dubbed “International Food Fair” certainly seems to live up to it’s name. Food options include Cajun, Greek, and Italian fare as well as barbeque pork, giant turkey legs, and Maryland Crab Cakes. Festival favorites such as kettle corn and funnel cakes are available too. The festival is celebrated for its “Fabulous, Fruitiest, Famous Strawberry Shortcake”, which simply cannot be missed. A small and eclectic art show of about 30-40 vendors selling everything from bathroom repair services and T-shirt printing to custom wax sculptures and Egyptian linens.
Admission is free, but many events come with a moderate cost. There is plenty of parking for a nominal cost with a free shuttle.