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The 3rd Annual Florida Loquat Festival:  Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit

The 3rd Annual Florida Loquat Festival: Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit

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New Port Richey, FL (Jan. 29, 2016) –  Ecology Florida and Friendship Farms & Fare, with the support of the City of New Port Richey, will host the third annual Florida Loquat Festival on Saturday, March 26 from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Frances Avenue Park (5580 Frances Ave., 34652) in New Port Richey.

Loquat Festival
Attendees at the 2015 annual Florida Loquat Festival in New Port Richey enjoy listening to a speaker on the educational program offered at the event.

The festival is a  learning and sharing event expanding the knowledge and appreciation of the loquat tree and its fruit. There will be presentations on the cultivation of loquat trees, how to eat its fruit, how to can it and cook with it, and recipes using loquats. Also featured will be samples for tasting, and a talk on the cultural context of this often overlooked Florida fruit-bearing tree. Trees will be available for sale from licensed Florida nurseries along with fresh fruit, loquat preserves, and other loquat products.

The festival also includes an open mic literary session, featuring short creative literary works on and about loquats. Poets are welcome.

New Port Richey Florida Loquat Festival with Mayor Rob Marlowe and Dell deChant
Dell deChant, an organizer of the Florida Loquat Festival, at last year’s event with New Port Richey Mayor Rob Marlowe.

Organizers of the event are still welcoming sponsors for the event, and looking for volunteers to help harvest the bountiful fruit prior to the festival.  Call Dell deChant at (727) 849-1626 to learn the details of sponsorship or volunteer opportunities.


 

 

Ecology Florida and Friendship Farms & Fare will host the third annual Florida Loquat Festival on Saturday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Frances Avenue Park (5580 Frances Ave., 34652) in New Port Richey. Come and enjoy this one-of-a-kind celebration of Florida’s wonderful spring fruit.


EVENT SPONSORS AND HOSTS


Friendship Farms & Fare affirms and advances agrarian ideals to reestablish
a sustainable culture
 
http://www.fffsite.org/

Ecology Florida advances the harmonious integration of healthy natural, cultural, and economic ecologies to regenerate
a sustainable world
http://www.ecologyflorida.org/

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Supporters of this event include Suncoast Credit Union, the City of New Port Richey, and Nature Coast Real Food Project.

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