Last updated on October 25th, 2019 at 08:13 am
Florida is the nation’s winter vegetable garden, but you can find farm-fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year.
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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Oct. 5, 2019: Williston Peanut Festival . 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. 9 am to 3 pm Free. Heritage Park, 444 N. Main St., Williston.
Oct. 5-27, 2019. Sykes Family Farm Corn Maze. A 9-acre corn maze full of “cornfusing” twists and turns. Admission $13, children under 2, free. Hours: Fridays: 6pm to 10pm, Saturdays: 10am to 10pm, Sundays: 10am to 5pm. Sykes Family Farms, 5995 Brough Rd., Elkton, FL. (10 miles west of St. Augustine) Phone: (904) 692-1370
Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 2019: Manasota Pumpkin Festival, Bradenton. On the agenda each year 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.
Oct. 19, 2019: 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.
Oct. 19, 2019. 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. This festival was cancelled in 2018 because of Hurricane Michael. 2019 dates unknown.
Oct. 26-29, 2019: Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival, Coconut Grove. This festival features a pumpkin patch with more than 5,000 pumpkins, carnival 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. 26, 2019. Clermont Harvest Festival.Over 150 vendors and food trucks. Kids Zone area including train rides, bounce house, face painting and costume contest. 10 am – 6 pm. 685 West Montrose Street, Clermont.
Nov. 22-24, 2019. 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. A main component of the Festival is the Bahamian Market. A delegation from Eleuthera, Bahamas creates an authentic Bahamian Market featuring island music, crafts and the heart pounding sounds of Junkanoo. Admission is free. Downtown Jensen Beach. (Parking is limited.)
Nov. 23-24, 2019. Miami Harvest Festival. Classic car show, food, arts and crafts and festivities. Endless Summer, a Beach Boys tribute band, will perform all weekend. $12 advance, $15 door. Children 5+, $5. 10 am-5 pm. Tamiami Park, Miami-Dade Fair Expo, 10901 SW 24th Street, Miami
Jan. 11, 2020. Florida Mushroom Festival. 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. Admission: $10 adults; children under 14 free. Ravine Gardens State Park, 1600 Twigg Street, Palatka.
Jan. 18, 2019: 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. 25, 2020: 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. 1, 2020. 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. 8-9, 2020. 20th Annual South Florida Garlic Festival. 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. Saturday, 11 am – 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm. Admission: $15 each day. John Prince Park, 4759 South Congress Ave., Lake Worth.
Feb. 22-23, 2020: Swamp Cabbage Festival, LaBelle. This is the 55th anniversary of this popular event. The 2020 theme is the “Roaring 20s”. 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.
Feb. 27-March 8, 2020: Florida Strawberry Festival. The granddaddy of all Florida harvest festivals, and the biggest, the Florida Strawberry Festival is not to be missed. Folks have been harvesting strawberries near Plant City since the 19th Century, giving plenty of cred to its claim as the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World. Top-flight entertainment is the hallmark of this event, and the townfolk certainly roll out the welcome mat — as well as tons of those beautiful red berries! Festival admission is $10 for adults (13+) and $5 for children 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Concert tickets are additional. For details, see our related Florida Rambler story.
March 7-8, 2020: 33rd 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 (Parking at the Citrus County Speedway)
DATE TBA: Northeast Florida Vegetable Festival, Jacksonville. 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 25, 2020. Avon Park Blueberry and Bluegrass Festival. Blueberries and bluegrass sponsored by the Avon Park Rotary Club. Donaldson Park, 109 E. Main Street, Avon Park.
April 25-26, 2020. Brooksville Blueberry Festival. No longer Florida’s “official” Blueberry Festival after local controversy over the festival’s lease, but local business owners came to the rescue and brought it back in 2019. This is, after all, Florida’s blueberry capitol. Downtown Brooksville.
April 25-26, 2020: 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.
Dates TBA: 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.
April 26, 2020: Sweet Corn Fiesta, West Palm Beach. The 20th 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. 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.
Dates TBA: 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.
Date TBA. Sweet Corn Festival. Music, games and crafts as well as sweet corn, barbecue, corn dogs, fish, chicken wings and drinks. Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church will host the Sweet Corn Festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Craig Park, 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs.
Dates TBA. Newberry Watermelon Festival. Country Way Town Square, 1739 SW 248th Terrace, Newberry.
Dates TBA: Tupelo Honey Festival, Wewahitchka. 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
Date TBA: 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.
Dates TBA: 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. (Starts with a blueberry pancake breakfast.) Free. Andrews Square, Downtown Wellborn in Suwannee County.
June 13-14, 2020: Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards’ Summer Grape Stomp 2019. Bring the family and do the purple foot dance with the ever popular grape stomping. Enjoy two days of live music on our outdoor stage, and inside at our popular Wine & Cheese bar. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food is available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting. Lakeridge Winery, 19239 U.S. 27 N., Clermont.
June 20-21, 2020: 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 $10; children under 11 free. 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead.
Dates TBA. 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 26-27, 2020: 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
July 2-5, 2020. Key Lime Festival. Four 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.
Dates TBA: 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. 10 am-9 pm. Edgewater Park, Dunedin.
Dates TBA: MangoMania, Pine Island’s Annual Fruit Fair, 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 11-12, 2020: International Mango Festival, Coral Gables. 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. Mango culinary demonstrations, International Fruit Market, activities for kids and more. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65+, $12 for children, 6-17, free for children 5 and under. (Free for members.) Fairchild Tropical Gardens, 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables.
Dates TBA: South Beach Mango Festival, Miami Beach. A community 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.
Dates TBA: 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.