Florida Travel: Do You Call it Soda or Pop? Either Way, Sip it in Sebring

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The Sebring Soda Festival on April 7 Featured More than 200 Soda Samples, April 7, 2018

The Sebring Soda Festival on April 7 Featured More than 200 Soda Samples, April 7, 2018

Do you call it soda or pop? Either way, sip it in Sebring. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree when I learned there was a shop designated to soda pop in Sebring. For months I had the inaugural Sebring Soda Festival on my calendar and even told visiting friends and family who planned last-minute Florida trips I could not meet with them because I had plans to see how high I could get my blood sugar by sampling some of the 200 sodas available during the festival. TWO HUNDRED SODAS.

Mural in Sebring, Florida

Mural in Sebring, Florida

I feel a special connection to Sebring. It’s where I adopted my four-legged son (Radcliff, he’s a dog.) Other than the Sebring International Raceway and home to some retired friends, I wasn’t quite sure what this Central Florida city has in the way of adventure. My visit was brief but I found a bubbly adventure for my tongue and tummy during a visit to Sebring Soda & Ice Cream Works. An ice cream shop that sells more than 300 flavors of soda pop and tea made with pure cane sugar, unless otherwise noted.

Representatives from Cheerwine at the Sebring Soda Festival in Sebring, Fla., April 7, 2018.

Representatives from Cheerwine at the Sebring Soda Festival in Sebring, Fla., April 7, 2018.

Sebring Soda Festival
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect other than drinking tons of soda. The April 7, 2018, Sebring Soda Festival was a gathering of various nonprofit and for-profit organizations placed around the city’s downtown circle and down the streets leading to the city center. The nonprofit organizations, or tasting booths, had a few sodas and you purchased a punch card, 8 samples for $5. I didn’t think 8 would be enough so I purchased two. By the end of the afternoon, I had two blank spaces and gave it to kid.

Samples were probably shot glass size and that was enough. I tasted so many different flavors, I can’t really remember all the goodness. There were flavors as strawberry-rhubarb, red apple, and butterscotch cream. Some soda brands were there dispensing their pop, such as Cheerwine Cherry Soda,  Hank’s Gourmet Soda, Fountainhead Gourmet Craft Soda, and Sprecher Brewery. Most I liked, others, well, I won’t be sad if I never taste them again.

I heard vendors say the Sebring Soda Festival will return next year and I hope it does!

Honey from Penfield Honey Company Sebring Soda Festival, Sebring, Fla. April 7, 2018

Sampling Honey from Penfield Honey Company Sebring Soda Festival, Sebring, Fla. April 7, 2018

Oh, Honey! More than Pop at the Sebring Soda Festival
There were vendors selling all sorts of things ranging from clothing to honey and I ended up picking up a bottle of Peach Blossom Honey from Penfield Honey Company, a Central Florida-based beekeeper. Peach Blossom isn’t very common here in Florida and the beekeepers lucked out, at least that’s what I’m told. It’s light in flavor and color and looks like liquid, white gold. Marvelous!

Sebring Soda & Ice Cream Works in Sebring, Florida

Sebring Soda & Ice Cream Works in Sebring, Florida

Sebring Soda & Ice Cream Works
“There’s a whole store of soda?” I said in astonishment when I asked if the sodas I sampled were available for sale somewhere nearby.

“Oh yes. It can be it’s own tourist attraction!” I was told.

Located on the corner of Circle Park Dr. and S. Ridgewood Dr. in downtown Sebring, my eyes were like saucers upon walking in and seeing the display of more than 300 different flavors of soda pop and tea all made with pure cane sugar, unless otherwise noted. There were rows and rows of glass soda bottles each containing their own fizzy adventure. They were perfectly arranged by color on shelves and some in coolers.

Sebring Soda Festival, Sebring, Fla. April 2018

I wanted to bring something home and it was a bit overwhelming picking only four I wanted to bring home. I ended up with five different fun flavors and I’m pretty sure I’ll be making a return trip to sample all 300 sodas and tea! The flavors I brought home:

Sebring Soda Festival, Sebring, Fla. April 2018

The front of Sebring Soda & Ice Cream Works is the ice cream shop and the whole shop has a fun, vintage vibe. I suppose you could grab a scoop of ice cream (or two), plop it in a cup and add your favorite soda for a personalized float.

Have a free morning or afternoon? Consider a road trip to Sebring and go thirsty!

A Mural in Downtown Sebring, Florida

A Mural in Downtown Sebring, Florida

Nuts & Bolts
Sebring is located about a 90-minute drive south of Orlando and about a two-hour drive northeast of my North Port home. I took Florida backroads to get there, by orange groves, alongside grazing cattle, and through small-town America which made the drive seem a whole lot quicker than it was.

Sebring Soda & Ice Cream Works
201 Circle Park Dr.
Sebring, Fla. 33870
Tel: (863) 381-8022
www.facebook.com/sebringsoda

Where to Grab Lunch
Sandy’s Circle Café
213 Circle Park Dr.
Sebring, Fla. 33870
Tel: (863) 304-8151
www.facebook.com/sandysdowntownsebring

Here’s my video from inside Sebring Soda & Ice Cream Works.

Disclosure: The post contains affiliate links to support this blog, my traveling habit and my special-needs dog.

Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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