As Florida’s strawberry harvest winds down, the packinghouses turn their attention to homegrown blueberries. And like the strawberry harvest, the berry growers of West Central Florida hate to miss an opportunity for a party as the harvest celebrations shift from Plant City to Brooksville. Here are a few fun facts about the Florida Blueberry Festival April 16-17 in Brooksville’s downtown square:
- You may not think of Florida as blueberry country, but the state is now eighth in the nation in blueberry production. Brooksville is the center of 15 Florida counties that grow blueberries and all are participating in the festival.
- The festival offers more than just blueberries. There is something for everyone with over 20 food concessionaires, the Fresh from Florida Market featuring Florida grown blueberries and produce, a car show, street entertainers, 85 artisans in a juried show and 120 retail exhibitors. There is also beer gardens, wine bars, magic shows, dog shows and stilt walkers.
- During the week leading up to the festival, artists from across the Tampa Bay area will converge on Brooksville to paint scenes reflecting the natural beauty of Hernando County, somewhat akin to a “Day in the Life” project, only with a paintbrush instead of cameras.
- Even without the blueberry, Brooksville/Hernando County is the center of one of Florida’s greatest unspoiled natural regions. Nearby is the Withlacoochee State Forest, named by the World Wildlife Fund as one of the “10 Coolest Places in North America You’ve Never Seen.” The forest is home to what many argue is Florida’s prettiest river for kayaking and canoes, the Withlacoochee River and what may be its best paved bike trail, the 46-mile Withlacoochee Bike Trail.
Lucky for residents of GlenLakes in Hernando County the blueberry festival is a short drive away. GlenLakes homes are designed for easy living and gracious entertaining. Nestled in the heart of the community is the newest neighborhood of estate home sites. Located between the 10th, 11th and 12th fairways and sparkling Cypress Lake, each estate home site offers outstanding views and plenty of room for a beautiful home. For more information on living the Florida lifestyle at GlenLakes, click here.