Enjoy a special lunch from Chinsegut Hill, one of the tallest places in Florida, overlooking a marvelous vista. Wonderful food catered by Albanese Catering and new friends who love history and beauty, as well as a nice meal. Then head over to the Manor House Museum for a lovely tour… Read More
The Live Oak Theatre version of the 70s smash hit, Stephen Schwartz’ hit musical Godspell will be presented over three weekends from March 29 through April 14, at the Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, Florida. Godspell opened off-Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has since been… Read More
The loquat festival is a learning and sharing event expanding the knowledge and appreciation of the loquat tree and its fruit. There will be presentations on the cultivation of loquat trees, how to eat its fruit, how to can it and cook with it, including recipes using loquats. Also featured… Read More
A three day musical weekend under the stars for all ages includes music workshops and internationally acclaimed blues entertainment. There’s a new blues fest on the horizon and it’s guaranteed to be a good one! GPS Festival Production partners Greg Herndon, of Mojoe Productions, and Paul Benjamin, of the North… Read More
Since 1980, Florida’s historic Withlacoochee River Bluegrass Festival in Dunellon is a 4-day festival featuring the brightest and best bluegrass entertainment. Come on out and camp alongside the river. Enjoy campground picking. Come for the day or the weekend. Thursday features a dinner special and open mic. Sunday Bluegrass Gospel… Read More
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council, along with this year’s presenting sponsor, Raymond James Financial Inc., invites you to the 35th Annual Art in the Park event on Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10 from 10 am to 5 pm at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, in downtown Brooksville. This… Read More
The Floral City Strawberry Festival is a salute to local agriculture. Ferris Farms, our local grower, supplies hundreds of flats of strawberries that are made into fresh strawberry shortcakes, and are also sold fresh to festival-goers to bring home to make their own strawberry delicacies. The festival will open Saturday… Read More
The SunWest Crab & Shrimp Festival is back for a fourth year, and this time around we have added more seating, bigger bands and extended hours, so you have more time to enjoy the festival and fantastic destination, Sunwest Park! This event brings thousands of individuals to SunWest Park with… Read More
Friday, February 22, 8 a.m. at Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. There will be binoculars and bird books available for use. For information, text Linda at 352-428-2629 or email [email protected] Share this:… Read More
Walk along the Good Neighbor Trail and enjoy this Free Event & Free Parking. Visit with over 60 artists, crafters, vendors, storytellers and Re-enactors. Enjoy Music in the Gazebo, Chinese Auction Basket raffles and Home baked goods. Breakfast & Lunch food trucks will be available. We will also have Historic… Read More
Come on out to the Dunnellon Farm Days Antique Tractor and Equipment show where you can camp along the Withlacoochee River with fellow tractor fans and enjoy some music, peace, quiet and the roar of an old time one-cylinder engine. Shop for flywheels, hit & miss engines, water pumps, plow… Read More
Tin Roof Shack Productions and Citrus Mopar Car Club Presents the 4th Annual Rock Crusher Canyon Bluegrass Old Time Music Festival & Car Show. Saturday, January 26, 2019. $15 Admission at the Gate ~ Children 10 and under $5 ~ Price includes car show and live music! Craft & Food… Read More
Florida Loquat Festival
March 23 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
The loquat festival is a learning and sharing event expanding the knowledge and appreciation of the loquat tree and its fruit. There will be presentations on the cultivation of loquat trees, how to eat its fruit, how to can it and cook with it, including recipes using loquats.
Also featured will be samples for tasting, and a talk on the cultural context of this often overlooked Florida fruit-bearing tree. Trees will be available for sale from licensed Florida nurseries along with fresh fruit, loquat preserves, jellies and other loquat products.
“To the best of our knowledge, the Florida Loquat Festival in New Port Richey, Florida is the only loquat festival in the United States of America. There are loquat festivals in other parts of the world, including China and Japan, but so far we’ve not learned of any others in the USA,” said Dell deChant, one of the events organizers.
This year’s loquat festival will have more cultivars and seed-grown varieties than ever before, and perhaps the most ever in any one place. “We have at least two certified nurseries confirmed and we might have a third,” noted deChant.
Pete Kanaris of Green Dreams located in Brooksville, is the owner of the sustainable solutions company that will feature a wide variety of loquat trees, including Golden Nugget, Christmas, Premier and Sherry.
Joining Green Dreams will be Friendship & Fare from New Port Richey, one of the sponsors of the event. Their trees are all seed-grown, with seeds selected from the best trees in their high-yielding grove, which is part of their urban farm. Friendship & Fare curators report that their trees produce fruit in two to three years.
deChant also added that the trees go very quickly and encourages event visitors to come early. The Loquat Festival opens at 9 a.m and closes at 2 p.m. at Frances Avenue Park in New Port Richey (6156 Louisiana Ave., New Port Richey 34653). There will be a Loquat Literary Festival with poetry readings and other literary sharing with a loquat theme.
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