Take your pick or try it all. This month’s Mount Dora Blueberry Festival occurs during the berry’s peak season so visitors can enjoy fresh berries and a variety of food and beverages made from the locally grown superfood.
Now in its fifth year, the downtown festival runs April 27-28 and celebrates the growing agricultural importance of blueberries to Central Florida.
Local blueberry farms will sell their freshly picked berries, while other vendors offer blueberry plants, fresh blueberry pies, cobblersand other edibles. Crafters, live music, a pancake breakfast, blueberry wine and a blueberry pie-eating contest will also be featured at this free two-day event.
Those eager to indulge can sign up for the free pie-eating contest at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. There are two divisions: children up to 9 years old and 10 years old and over. Participants need to register at the information booth before 1 p.m.
In addition to blueberry treats, kids can enjoy face painting, a free bounce house and games. There will be blueberry beer and blueberry wine tasting offered by Island Grove Winery for adults. Music will be performed by Acoustic Flair, the Mardi Gras Band and other performers during the weekend.
Avoid parking congestion downtown. Park & Ride at Mount Dora Christian Academy 301 W 13th Ave, Mt Dora, FL 32757. There is a fee to park (benefits student organizations) and the round trip shuttle is free.
Mount Dora Blueberry Festival runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days in Donnelly Park, downtown. If you can’t make the festival, but love blueberries, check out the guide to local u-pick blueberry farms here.
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