ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The berries are washed, the delicious desserts are ready, and thousands of people are craving their annual shortcake fix as the Community School’s Strawberry Festival returns to Roanoke on Friday.
“Founded as a fundraiser over 40 years ago by Community School parents, the event is one of Roanoke’s oldest and most beloved festivals, drawing nearly 20,000 festival goers each year from across the Blue Ridge and beyond,” Community School said in a recent statement. “Mouth-watering strawberry shortcakes, strawberry sundaes and strawberries and cream desserts are all homemade with real ingredients by festival volunteers.”
The annual festival — which is typically held at Elmwood Park — was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic last year.
This year, though, the Strawberry Festival will be held at the Berglund Center as a drive-thru event. Festival goers can either grab their desserts and go, or they can either head to the Park and Eat Picnic area to tailgate and enjoy their desserts.
In addition, the festival will feature local craft vendors and businesses at an adjacent open-air Artisan Vendor Village.
“After canceling last year’s festival, we gave a lot of thought to reimagining our event to bring our community together in spirit without bringing them together in a large crowd” said Linda Roth, executive director of Community School. “We hope that this innovation reflects our desire to continue our iconic festival and offer delicious homemade shortcakes while creating an atmosphere that is safe for attendees and volunteers alike.”
If you want to enjoy these berry-covered goodies, the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 30 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Berglund Center, parking lot E.
All the proceeds go toward the Community School to help with operating costs, financial aid, and supplemental outside learning opportunities for students and faculty.