Florida Loquat Festival Sees Return of “O! Loquat!” Open Mic Poetry

Florida Loquat Festival Sees Return of “O! Loquat!” Open Mic Poetry

New Port Richey, FL (Feb. 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 onSaturday, March 26 from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Frances Avenue Park (6156 Louisiana Avenue, 34653) in New Port Richey.

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.

Also making a comeback to the festival is “O! Loquat!” featuring the works of local poets. This portion of the event will use an open mic format for reading poetry taking the loquat as subject or central image. All readers are welcome. Official readings begin at 1 p.m. and are to be kept under two minutes (about 300 words).

Anyone interested in submitting a poem may contact Wendy Buffington at for details. After the festival and with authors’ permission, readings may be included in future publications of Loquat News. Copies of the poetry chapbook from last year’s “O! Loquat!” will be available at this year’s event for a contribution.

ALSO: Organizers are currently looking for volunteers to help harvest the fruit and persons with loquat trees to share their harvest. All harvesting will take place in and around New Port Richey on certain days. Call Dell deChant at (727) 849-1626 to sign up.


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.


Friendship Farms & Fare affirms and advances agrarian ideals to reestablish
a sustainable culture

Ecology Florida advances the harmonious integration of healthy natural, cultural, and economic ecologies to regenerate
a sustainable world


Major Supporters
Suncoast Credit Union

Rotary Club of New Port Richey
Rose’s Bistro
Nature Coast Real Food Project

Contributing Supporters
City of New Port Richey
People Places
Dionne Blaesing, P.A.
Wright’s Nutrients
deChant Public Relations

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