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Annual Kumquat Festival
Dade City
Jan 27, 2018 - Jan 27, 2018
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Chase away the mid-winter blues with some little orange sunshine at the 21st Annual Kumquat Festival in Dade City on Jan. 27, 2018. The festival runs all day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the energy of the little gold gem of the citrus industry drawing as many as 40,000 people to downtown Dade City according to Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Moors.

Festival goers can enjoy walking through the festival's several hundred vendors buying from a multitude of crafters or watching local entertainers around the historic courthouse while enjoying kumquat pie, cookies, smoothies, ice cream, marmalade, and kumquat salsa as well as a variety of non-kumquat meals and treats as well. For youngsters there is a large children's area full of children-friendly activities.

The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce has established a flagship event that celebrates everything that makes the Dade City area unique, while encouraging visitors to participate in the fun, said the chamber's executive director John Moors. Since the nearby town of St. Joseph was already known as the Kumquat Capital of the World, the Chamber of Commerce decided that this little fruit with a funny name could be the focus of an annual festival and the experience of a unique, authentic and fun filled festival is unforgettable. We're going to have thousands of people here for a wonderful day on the last Saturday in January, Moors continued. After nearly 20 years, it remains one of Florida's premier events, which we couldn't do without the help of our valued sponsors, including Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, our headlining partner.

The Kumquat Festival has exploded in attendance since its first appearance in 1994. It has become a popular destination for its homegrown, family-friendly entertainment and has been named one of the top 20 events the Southeastern U.S. for several years as well as the Pasco County Event of the Year. Kumquat festivities begin well before the festival itself starting with the Dade City Cruise-In on the first weekend in January sponsored by the Dade City Merchant's Association. On the third Saturday of January there is the Miss. & Mr. Kumquat Pageant, selecting royalty to represent the pageant at the festival and related events.  On Thursday and Friday before the festival the Kumquat Growers host an Open House with grove and packinghouse tours offering kumquat products and teaching about the two kinds of kumquat: the sweet meiwa and the sour nagami.

Admission to the Kumquat Festival is free, transportation from the satellite parking areas is free and city-owned public parking downtown is free, but you have to get there early for city parking. For more information about the Kumquat Festival and pre-festival events visit The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce at 14112 8th Street in Dade City, call (352) 567-3769 or visit the chamber website at www.dadecitychamber.org.




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