Take your pick. Pie or pancakes? At this month’s Mount Dora Blueberry Festival, visitors can choose both and a lot more. Now in its third year, the festival is expected to be bigger than ever with five local blueberry farms selling their freshly-picked gems, according to Brian Young, one of the event’s organizers.
The free downtown festival runs April 29-30, celebrating the growing agricultural importance of blueberries to Central Florida.
The event kicks off with a blueberry pancake breakfast on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. hosted by IHOP. The two-day event also features a pie-eating contest, blueberry wine and craft beer, blueberry plants, plus live music and an estimated 100 craft vendors.
The public is invited to show off their skills at a baking contest on Saturday. Bakers can enter their homemade pies, cobblers, muffins or other blueberry dessert. Entries must arrive at the judging table by 10:30 a.m.
Mount Dora Blueberry Festival runs 9 a.m. to 5 .p.m. on both days. Park-and-ride shuttles are available at Mount Dora High School on Highland Street from 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m.