June 2 & 3
Eckert’s Belleville Farm is the place to be for the annual Illinois Strawberry Festival. Strawberry festivals are fun for adults and children of all ages, and we devote part of each year to celebrating this magnificent red berry in many ways. We welcome you to come to our family farm and join us for strawberry picking, delicious food and treats and entertaining activities when the berries are ready to pick.
How much does it cost to get into the festival?
Nothing. Admission and parking is free!
We do charge fees for food, beverages, field admission and some activities.
Pick Fresh Strawberries
Everyone should experience the joy of picking strawberries directly from the strawberry plant at least once. Festival time is the perfect opportunity to do some good old-fashioned fruit picking. Our farm fresh strawberries are plump, sweetly delicious and ready to eat the moment you pluck them and place them into your Eckert’s fruit-picking basket.
Many festival goers like to start the day with a tractor ride into the strawberry fields. Once there, you can take your time and pick all the strawberries you like. Stroll the dirt paths and find strawberries that look good enough to eat right away. Strawberry picking is very easy and once you get the hang of it, you’ll be an expert in no time.
Perhaps, berry picking isn’t for you. That’s okay. You can still purchase fresh strawberries at our Country Store. While there, pick up a few jars of homemade jams and jellies.
Live Entertainment and Rides
The festival is a great way to kick off strawberry season, and at Eckert’s, we put the “fun” in festival by providing live entertainment and kid-friendly strawberry festival rides. If the mood strikes you, feel free to snap your fingers, dance or sing along to live music performed by talented musicians. As for the kids, there’s plenty of activities to keep them excited.
Kids have a blast at Eckert’s during the festival. Carnival rides are among our most popular activities, and many are for small children. Kids and adults can board the train for a leisurely train ride around the orchard. Head over to the petting farm to take pictures and videos of your kids feeding animals. We set up inflatables for jumping, and many kids love riding a pony.
Bring a hearty appetite so you can indulge in festival food and drinks. There are strawberry-themed snacks and treats galore. If you’ve never tasted our frozen custard, you’re in for a delicious treat. If you’re already in love with our custard, order some to eat at the farm or to eat at home with your fresh strawberries.
At Eckert’s Country Restaurant, you can relax and enjoy a home-style sit-down meal in a casual dining environment. We serve finger-licking, belly-patting comfort food, sandwiches, salads and juicy burgers that leave you feeling oh so satisfied.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our famous Eckert’s fried chicken, which has its own fan following. Our chicken dinner includes mashed potatoes and green beans. When paired with our down-home biscuits, this meal is a winner. You may also enjoy our breakfast menu featuring favorites such as eggs any way you like ‘em, country fried steak and gravy, pancakes and more. We recommend reserving a table online before you arrive.