Florida is the nation’s winter vegetable garden, but you can find farm fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year. And so go the state’s harvest festivals.
Agriculture is very much the authentic and natural Florida. Oranges, tomatoes, beans, blueberries. Even wine grapes! You name it and you’ll find somebody who grows it and somebody who celebrates the harvest.
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June 2, 2018: Watermelon Festival, Chiefland. This festival, which began in 1954, offers plenty of ice cold melon for all to enjoy. Activities include arts and crafts, a seed-spitting contest, parade, watermelon auction, weighing contest and the Watermelon Queen contest. Free. City Park, Chiefland.
June 2, 2018: Wellborn Blueberry Festival, Wellborn. 25th annual celebration of the harvest, with blueberries in pies, cobblers, jellies, syrups and more. Also includes a bake-off, country store, arts and crafts, children’s games, parade, talent contests, tasting party and cash raffle grand prize. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Andrews Square in downtown Wellborn.
June 23-24, 2018: Redland Summer Fruit Festival, Homestead. Annual event showcasing local agriculture and tropical fruit plants. Booths feature local wines, yummy foods and rare fruit samplings. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $8; children under 11 free. 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead.
June 22-23, 2018: Panhandle Watermelon Festival, Chipley. Held on the last full weekend in June, this event is a summer tradition. Activities include watermelon contests, pancake breakfast, and a Saturday evening parade featuring the pageant winners. Concert both days. Free. Gates open Friday, 5 p.m. at Chipley Field. 1545 Brickyard Rd, Chipley
June 23, 2018. 9th Annual Blueberry Bash, Milton. Enjoy the day picking fresh blueberries and listening to live music while shopping local Vendors, Arts, and Crafts, and having the kids entertained with Children’s activities. Enjoy seeing the hot cars at the Show & Shine Car Show, or starting your day with the Blueberry Bash 5K Run & Walk at 7:00 am. Free to the public. Hosted by The Arc of the Emerald Coast Santa Rosa. 6225 Dixie Road, Milton.
June 25, 2018. Tropical Fruit Fiesta, Big Pine Key. Benefits the Growing Hope Initiative. Free admission. 9 am-2 pm. Grimal Grove, 30770 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key.
June 30-July 4, 2018. Key Lime Festival. Five days of events at multiple locations including a Key Lime Pie Drop, Key Lime Cocktail Sip and Stroll, a Pie Hop and Pie-Eating Contest culminating in a Fireworks Picnic at the Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds Street, Key West. Fireworks admission is free.
July 7, 2018: Dunedin Orange Festival. Along with a rich Scottish History, Dunedin also has a history of oranges, orange groves and citrus packing. Daylong event features a craft beer “brewoff,” oranges, music, food and entertainment and a vintage Pinup Girl Contest. Fundraiser for the Dunedin Historical Museum and The Dunedin Chamber Foundation. Edgewater Park, Dunedin.
July 14-15, 2018: 22nd Annual MangoMania Fruit Fair, Pine Island. It’s all about the mango. Mango & Tropical Fruit Specialty Food and Beverages. Free Mango Tasting Table. Admission $6. German-American Social Club, 2101 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral
July 14-15, 2018: International Mango Festival, Coral Gables. This 26th annual festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden features the mangos of Cuba, but also lets you buy hand-selected mango trees and fruit, enjoy mango lectures and smoothies, view the world’s largest display of mangos, take part in the world’s only mango auction and buy mango merchandise and botanical art. There will also be mango culinary demonstrations, International Fruit Market, activities for kids and more. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under. 10901 Old Cutler Rd.
Aug. 5, 2018: South Beach Mango Festival, Miami Beach. Acommunity event offering an opportunity to enjoy the work of a range of talented chefs and mango experts, culinary delights and various family activities, all inspired by the versatile and delicious mango. The event will also be featuring avocados, dragon fruit, coconut, and many other natively-grown fruits. Admission $20. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers and Sisters. 11 am-7 pm. Lummus Park, 12th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.
Aug. 10-12: 24th Annual Harvest Grape Stomp, Clermont. Join grape stomping competitions during this now three-day grape harvest event at the Lakeridge Winery. Local musicians entertain with free winery tours and tastings. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday;11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Aduts $10. 12 and under are free. 19239 U.S. Highway 27, Clermont.
Oct. 6: North Central Florida Peanut Festival, Williston. This annual event features crafts, music, rides, lots of peanuts and peanut products, and the crowning of Little Peanut King and Queen and Baby Peanut. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Heritage Park, 444 N. Main St., Williston.
Oct. 6-Nov. 4, 2018: Corn Maze at Sykes & Cooper Farm, Elkton. Here’s a way to get ready for fall: a nine-acre Corn Maze at Sykes & Cooper Farm. Event also features a Pumpkin Maze for kids. Other highlights include hayrides, and farm animals to meet and greet. Fridays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $8-$10. Sykes & Cooper Farm, 5995 Brough Road., Elkton.
Oct. 27-29: Manasota Pumpkin Festival, Bradenton. On the agenda for this 9th annual festival are a pumpkin patch, maze, midway rides and games, pie eating contest, shows, petting zoo, crafts, hayrides, pony rides and a beer garden. Noon to 10 p.m. $10. DeSoto Square Mall, 303 301 Blvd. W, Bradenton.
Date TBA. Graceville Harvest Day Festival, Graceville.This event will feature live entertainment, art, handmade crafts, fun activities, food, and over 200 antique and classic cars on display. On-stage entertainment starts at 9:00am, and the Harvest Festival Parade in downtown Graceville starts at 10:00 am. Admission is free.
Oct. 13-14: Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival, Coconut Grove. This festival features a pumpkin patch with more than 5,000 pumplins, carnical rides, a cornstalk maze, food and beer. $20. Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regatta Park, 3400 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove.
Oct. 20 Chautauqua Winery Harvest Festival, Defuniak Springs. Celebrate the annual harvest from Chautauqua’s vineyards. There will be free wine tasting of the winery’s entire collection. 9 am to 6 pm. 364 Hugh Adams Rd., Defuniak Springs.
Date TBA. Geraldson Farm Fall Harvest Festival, Celebration of healthy local foods, crafts, and music. Participate in fall-themed games and hay rides, face painting, and more. Admission is free. 12 p.m. – 4p.m., 1401 99th St NW Bradenton.
Date TBA Burr’s Berry Farm Harvest Festival, 12741 SW 216th St., Miami.This awesome farm festival offers a fun time for the whole family. Attractions include a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and hay rides. There will also be lots of tasty fall treats.
Oct. 27, 2018. Clermont Harvest Festival. Activities and attractions include pumpkin painting and traditional old-fashioned games the whole family can enjoy. 10 am – 6 pm. 685 West Montrose Street, Clermont
Oct. 28, 2018: Central Florida VegFest. Vegetarians/vegans and those who want to learn more about how veg-living enhances our health, the planet, and its inhabitants. Educational exhibits and activities.Enjoy speakers, food preparation demonstrations, a veggie kids zone, an animal haven, an artist corner, music on an acoustic stage. Orlando Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson Street, Orlando
Nov. 16-18, 2018. Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival. The signature event of Jensen Beach, the Pineapple Festival, is one of the few remaining true street festivals in South Florida, saluting Jensen Beach’s pineapple heritage with concerts, arts, crafts, street performers, local bands and midway rides.. Admission $15. Kids under 42″ free. Downtown Jensen Beach. (Parking is limited.)
Nov. 17-18, 2018. Miami Harvest Festival. $12 advance, $15 door. 10 am-5 pm. Tamiami Park, Miami-Dade Fair Expo, 10901 SW 24th Street, Miami
Dates TBA. St. Augustine Sugar Cane Harvest Festival. Sugar cane harvests were once large community events in which locals would gather to help out in hopes of scoring a jug of cane juice. Florida is one of the few states that can successfully grow and produce the plant, which takes a full year to grow. 112 Riberia Street, St. Augustine.
Dec. 30, 2018. The King Mango Strut, Coconut Grove. Not really a harvest festival, although South Florida has more than its share of mangoes. The King Mango Strut was started in 1982 by Glenn Terry and Bill Dobson as a parody of the annual King Orange Jamboree Parade for the Orange Bowl.
Dates TBA: Florida Key Lime Pie Festival, Merritt Island. Home of the world’s largest Key Lime Pie. Festival also features a Key lime pie eating contest, pie toss and hula hoop challenge. Brevard Veterans Memorial Park, 400 Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island.
Jan. 12, 2019. Giant Shiitake Mushroom Festival, Interlachen. Earth’s 1st Bioluminescent Mushroom Festival. Contests to select the Largest Locally Raised Fresh Mushroom (by weight), Best Mushroom in Art (Adult), Best Mushroom in Art (Under 14), Best Mushroom Recipe. Events include Shiitake Log Plugging, Oyster and Wine Cap Mushroom Bag Making, Turkey Tail Tea Samples, lectures on raising mushrooms and a benefit mushroom dinner. Jenkins Park, 200 Commonwealth
Jan. 26, 2019: Kumquat Festival, Dade City. Dade City features the annual Kumquat Festival in its historic downtown. The fest, held the last Saturday of January, offers family-friendly entertainment, arts and crafts and kumquat treats. Admission is free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Dade City. Free parking at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, U.S. Highway 52.
Feb. 2, 2019. Lakeport Sour Orange Festival. Sour orange trees grow wild all over Florida. This festival features the celebrated “Sour Orange Dessert Contest,” in which residents and visitors enter desserts using the wild oranges which give the festival its name. Lakeport.
Feb. 8-10, 2019. 20th Annual South Florida Garlic Festival. (Date unconfirmed). The best Stinkin’ Party in South Florida. Garlic Fest was created by a small group of Palm Beach County residents looking for a creative way to provide funding for local non-profit organizations in support of arts and education for youth. John Prince Park, 4759 South Congress Ave., Lake Worth.
Feb. 23-24, 2019: Swamp Cabbage Festival, LaBelle. (Date Unconfirmed.) This is the 53rd anniversary of this popular event. Try gator tail and watch armadillo races, a dance, rodeo, 5K Run, a parade, and fishing tournament. Live Entertainment all weekend. Times and admission prices vary. Barron Park, 8 Park Avenue, LaBelle.
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March 2-3, 2019: 32nd Annual Floral City Strawberry Festival, Floral City. Not quite as big as Plant City’s hugely popular event, the Floral City Strawberry Festival still impresses with nearly 300 arts and craft booths. Special features include an antique car show, pony rides, rock climbing wall, pie eating contest, Strawberry Princess pageants, and continuous children’s activities. Admission $5; Children 12 and under are free. Floral Park, 9530 S. Parkside Avenue, Floral City
Dates TBA: Northeast Florida Vegetable Festival. The best of the best local, sustainable, eco-friendly, compassionate, organic, healthy and humane organizations and businesses will come together to elevate the consciousness in Jacksonville. Riverside Park, Jacksonville.
April 27-28, 2019. Brooksville Blueberry Festival. No longer Florida’s “official” Blueberry Festival after local controversy over the festival’s lease, but local business owners have come to the rescue and are bringing it back in 2019. This is, after all, Florida’s blueberry capitol. Location TBA.
Dates TBA: Mount Dora Blueberry Festival, Mount Dora. 2019 will mark the fifth year for this annual celebration of the small, tart fruit and feature more than 100 vendors, live entertainment, kids activities and more. Free Admission. 9 am to 5 pm. Elizabeth Evans Park on Lake Dora.
April 28: Bostwick Blueberry Festival, Bostwick. Berry fanciers may wish to check out the Bostwick Blueberry Festival. the fest serves up a blueberry pancake breakfast, blueberry ice cream, homemade blueberry pies and other goodies as well as free entertainment and arts and crafts. Event hours are from 8 am to 3 pm. Bostwick Community Center, 125 Tillman Street, Bostwick.
Dates TBA. Avon Park Blueberry Festival. Blueberries and bluegrass sponsored by the Avon Park Rotary Club. Donaldson Park, 109 E. Main Street, Avon Park.
Dates TBA. Ruskin Tomato and Heritage Festival. Celebration of the tomato season and the agricultural history of this southeast Tampa Bay community. American foods, arts and crafts, dance teams, cook- off contests, activities for children, tomato festival queen pageant and jazz, country, rock, and latin artists. Proceeds help develop and improve the community. E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave NW, Ruskin.
April 29, 2019: Sweet Corn Fiesta, West Palm Beach. The Annual Sweet Corn Fiesta offers lots of sweet corn, music, rides, corn shucking and cooking competitions and more. 11 am to 5 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-11. Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach
Dates TBA. Desoto County Watermelon Festival. Raft race, bed race, talent contest, watermelon eating conterst, seed spitting contest, Kid Zone. 9am -4 pm Desoto Veterans Park.
May 12: Windsor Zucchini Festival, Windsor. Billing itself as the Zucchini Capitol of the World, the folks in this Alachua County community celebrate the zucchini with a zucchini contest, zucchini carving, a Duke of Zuk & Zuqueenie Pageant and even zucchini ice cream. The event features live music, kid’s activities, a raffle, arts and crafts and plant sale. Benefits the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Windsor Volunteer Fire Department, 1401 SE CR 234 Gainesville.
May 18, 2019: Tupelo Honey Festival, Wewahitchka. (Date unconfirmed.)Honey is a local delicacy in Wewahitchka, and one day a year people come from all over the world to sample the sweet nectar. This free festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lake Alice Park Dr, Wewahitchka
May 19. Bronson Blueberry Festival, Bronson. http://www.townofbronson.org/events-base/2nd-annual-bronson-blueberry-festival