Annual Blueberry Festival in Florida is ON!
This annual festival will celebrate LOCAL blueberry farms with fresh berries, plants, blueberry based food and crafts for sale in April.
By: Visit Mount Dora
Event Coordinator Janet Gamache says, "Unfortunately we had to cancel the event last year but with the increased availability to get the vaccine and a better understanding of safe practices, we are moving ahead with the festival this year."
Blueberry farming in central Florida started gaining popularity after the successful cultivation of a southern highbush variety at the University of Florida and the decimation of citrus groves from severe freezes in the late 1980's. Today Lake county is home to more than a dozen blueberry farms that offer commercial shipping as well as U-Pick blueberries during April-May each year.
"It's important that we recognize and support our local farms. The blueberries that are packaged and sold at the event all come from farms in our area. You won't find a single berry from Chile like you might find in the grocery store chains."
Food vendors will offer specialty treats like blueberry chicken, sausage with blueberry salsa, blueberry shortcake and blueberry arepas. Blueberry beer and wine will also be available.
Blueberry pie can be purchased whole or by the slice and blueberries will be sold by the pint or by the flat fresh picked directly from local farms.
Vendors selling a variety of crafts and goods will also be set up inside the park as well as blueberry plants ready to be planted in your yard.
The popular Pie Eating contest will happen at 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Register at the INFO booth before 1pm. There is NO entry fee to participate.
Donnelly Park is located at 530 N. Donnelly St. Mount Dora, FL. The event runs 9am to 5pm both days and is FREE to attend. www.MountDoraBlueberryfestival.com