#TastyThursday – Strawberry-Basil Ice

On Wednesday, February 28, the country celebrated National Strawberry Day; a holiday marked by more than a few strawberry shortcakes, daiquiris, and other fruity concoctions. In order to add our own flair to the fun, Chef Zelicious offers up her own tasty beverage –  STRAWBERRY-BASIL ICE!


● 6 Cups fresh ripe organic strawberries
● 1⁄2 Cup packed fresh basil leaves
● 1 Teaspoon fresh grated ginger
● 1 Tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Place the strawberries, basil, ginger and lemon juice in a blender. Process just until
  2. Pour the mixture into a shallow airtight freezer container. For best results, freeze for 2
    to 3 hours until the texture is frozen yet scoopable. Use a metal ice cream scoop to
    portion into serving dishes.
  3. Freeze any leftovers into a ice cubes containers. To serve again, thaw at room
    temperature for about 10 minutes before scooping. This is a summer drink for adults or
    kids. YOU can also use fresh mint, sage, rosemary, and thyme.


Recipes courtesy of Zainab Fisher, a professional chef who specializes in raw and vegan cuisine. She was the former Chef at the Raw Kitchen. She was a guest chef for Fox 29 WFLX, PBS and guest chef for the CBS 12 health and wellness expo, and provides our readers a new and exciting recipe each week for #TastyThursday.

For more information on Chef Zainab’s services, please contact her at [email protected] or by phone at  561-629-0593.

From March 1 – 11, singers, impressionists, magicians and stunt dogs comprise this year’s lineup of new free entertainers at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, and new hamburgers and desserts will be added to the 11-day event’s menu of foods.

“We have some very creative entertainers and vendors,” said President Paul Davis. “We always look forward to seeing what they will come up with to serve our visitors.”

The lineup of new free entertainers is as follows:

Lucy Pet’s Surfing and All-Star Stunt Dog Show

Have you ever seen a dog on a surfboard? Most people haven’t! Lucy’s Pet’s Surfing and All-Star Stunt Dog Show combines incredible agility and stunts from rescued canines with surfing skills like you’ve never seen!

Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show

See these historical, educational and comical world champion lumberjacks show off their skills in log rolling, chopping, sawing, axe throwing and more.

Mike Walker

Is it Elvis? Is it Frank Sinatra? Close your eyes, and you won’t be able to tell! Mike Walker will have you laughing and in awe at his ability to impersonate and sing just like some of our musical greats.

Scott’s World of Magic

Scott’s World of Magic brings out the child in us all as we sit pondering, “How do they do that?” in amazing acts of illusion, old-fashioned card tricks and more.


Soaring at over 8 feet tall, Royale greets Festival-goers with energetic dancing and witty conversation.

The new food items are as follows:

Way Better Strawberry Shake – Polar Bear Ice Cream

Your red cup rolled in Fruity Pebbles will be filled with quite a process! A creamy strawberry milkshake is topped with a strawberry cupcake and sponge cake. Those sweet treats are then topped with fresh whipped cream, more strawberries and a strawberry lollipop.

Loaded Fried Potato Funnel Cake – Best Around Concessions

Calling all potato lovers! The Loaded Fried Potato Funnel Cake combines bacon bits, chives, real potatoes and cake batter that are fried to a golden brown and topped with cheddar cheese, more bacon bits, chives and sour cream.


Known as “crunchy balls of goodness,” Chompers are served in two varieties: bacon cheeseburger or chicken parmesan.

Strawberry Jam Meatball Sandwich – Carousel Foods

Juicy meatballs made with sweet strawberry jam are the feature in this sandwich topped with lettuce and chives.

Exotic Meats Jerky

From old-fashioned to gourmet, big game to gator, sweet to spicy, enjoy all varieties of this classic snack.

Assorted Strawberry Coated Nuts – Dee’s Nuts

Fresh and delicious varieties of nuts coated in a sweet strawberry flavoring

Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s the warm comfort food made just like your grandma made them!

Coolicious Dot Ice Cream

It’s extra cold and extra creamy. Enjoy over a dozen flavors – including two non-dairy options – of everyone’s favorite dot-style ice cream.

Fried Strawberry Twinkies

It’s the famous sponge cake filled with a sweet twist – sweet strawberry cream filling! The treat is then deep-fried to a golden crisp.

About the Florida Strawberry Festival

The Florida Strawberry Festival is an 11-day community event celebrating the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County. Each year, over 500,000 visitors enjoy the festival’s headline entertainment, youth livestock shows, exhibits of commerce and, of course, its strawberry shortcake. For more information, visit www.flstrawberryfestival.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (#berryfest18).