Take your pick or try it all. At this month’s Mount Dora Blueberry Festival, visitors can choose from a variety of foods made from fresh local blueberries.
Now in its fourth year, the free downtown festival runs April 28-29 and celebrates 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. Tickets are $4.50 for children and $7 for adults. The two-day event also features a pie-eating contest, blueberry wine and craft beer, blueberry plants, plus live music and craft vendors.
Kids and adults are invited to participate in the Blueberry Pie-Eating Contest at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Participation is free, but competitors must register at the information booth by 1 p.m.
Mount Dora Blueberry Festival runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Free parking shuttles are available at will run every 10 minutes from the free public park-and -ride lots on 5th Street between Grandview and Tremain (across from the Methodist church), the public lot at 925 East 1st Street (across from First Baptist Church) and the parking lot on Liberty Avenue at Highland Street.
If you can’t make the festival, but love blueberries, check out the guide to local u-pick blueberry farms.