Florida Travel: Do You Call it Soda or Pop? Either Way, Sip it During the Sebring Soda Festival!

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

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Do you call it soda or pop? Either way, sip it in Sebring. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree up learning there is a shop designated to soda pop in Sebring. For months I had the inaugural Sebring Soda Festival on my2018 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 raise my blood sugar by sampling some of the 200 sodas available during the festival. TWO HUNDRED SODAS.

2021 Sebring Soda Festival

Good news for 2021, this year’s opens in a new window Sebring Soda Festival is April 2 – 3. Over 200 different craft sodas will be available during the two-day event. This year’s festival will look different than my 2018 experience but it should be a fizzy and fun time! Social distancing and face masks are encouraged and you’ll find hand sanitizing and hand washing stations throughout the festival. Only one group/family will be permitted at each soda tasting table at a time.

Mural in Sebring, Florida
Mural in Sebring, Florida

What to Expect When Visiting Sebring

I feel a special connection to Sebring. It’s where I adopted my four-legged son ( opens in a new windowRadcliff, 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 my tongue and tummy enjoyed a bubbly adventure while visiting Sebring Soda & Ice Cream Works. It’s an ice cream shop selling 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.

Florida’s Fizziest Festival, the Sebring Soda Festival!

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect other than drinking tons of soda. The April 7, 2018, opens in a new windowSebring Soda Festival was a gathering of various nonprofit and for-profit organizations 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, eight samples for $5. Not thinking eight samples was enough, I purchased two cards. 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 opens in a new windowCheerwine Cherry Soda,  opens in a new windowHank’s Gourmet Soda,  opens in a new windowFountainhead Gourmet Craft Soda, and opens in a new windowSprecher Brewery. Most I liked, others, well, I won’t be sad if I never taste them again.

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

I wanted to bring something home and it was overwhelming picking only four 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 About Sebring

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
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Sebring Soda Fest
April 2 & 3, 2021
Historic Downtown Sebring
opens in a new windowSebringSodaFest.com
For additional information, contact the Sebring Chamber of Commerce at (863) 385-844.
Connect with the festival on social media: @SebringSodaFest and the hashtag: #SebringSodaFest

Ticket Options:
$20- 40 Craft Soda Tasting Punch Card Can be used Friday and/or Saturday
$10- 18 Craft Soda Tasting Punch Card Can be used Friday and/or Saturday
$5- 8 Craft Soda Tasting Punch Card Can be used Friday and /or Saturday

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

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Author: Solo Travel Girl Admin

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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