Taking place in the heart of Dade City, (about an hour north of Tampa) is the annual Kumquat Festival. Dade City is a community known for its quaint “Old Florida” charm, historic homes and rich antiquing —and the annual Kumquat Festival, which takes place every year on the last Saturday in January. The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. If you want to escape Tampa’s Gasparilla invasion and parade, this festival offers the perfect retreat.
Kumquats, often referred to as “little gold gems of the citrus industry” are the star of the show in this one-of-a-kind festival with hundreds of vendors showcasing everything from kumquat pie to kumquat cookies, smoothies, ice cream, kumquat-infused craft beers, kumquat marmalade, salsa, sangria and everything in between. As many as 35,000 people attend the one day event every year, with more than 400 vendors filling the historic downtown core.
Ahead of the festival, the Kumquat Growers Packing House hosts an open house (Jan. 23 and 24) complete with a informative talk (celebrating the origin and history of kumquats in the Dade City area), a tour of the Packing House (which explains how kumquats are picked, processed, packaged and shipped), and grove tours every 30 minutes.
When: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Where: Dade City, FL
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For more information, visit www.kumquatfestival.org.