Not keen on hordes of faux pirates belching and spilling beer all over you at Gasparilla? Then consider driving to Dade City today for more of a family experience.
Local officials are expecting another 40,000 to converge downtown for the city’s fifteenth Kumquat Festival.
Aside from the variety of comestibles celebrating the tiny citrus fruit, a big draw to the festival is the sheer number, variety and quality of the vendors — more than 400 0f them.
Local officials are primed for a tasty time as this year’s kumquat harvest escaped threats of frost, freeze or canker.
Just off the downtown square is the city’s Center for the Arts where a wide variety of jazz, blues, folk, country and Cajun music will be offered until 4:30.
Weather won’t be as much of a problem as parking will be along and in between the historic cobblestone streets. While the city manages to keep the streets and parking areas operating as efficiently as possible, finding a spot in the early afternoon will be a challenge.
A number of Kumquat Festival contests have already have been determined, including:
Miss Kumquat: Celeste Dawson.
Kumquat Recipe Contest Grand prize: kumquat cannoli cake by Margie Goodwin; Breakfast: kumquat Gruyere grits by Kimberly Brown Hawkins
Window decorating: Kensington York & Co., 37913 Church Ave.