Kumquat Festival
Dade City, Florida
Last Saturday in January
Founded in 1998
This is a Festival promoting a small, tart, and often overlooked citrus fruit - the Kumquat. Many of the 400 plus vendors at this event will offer tasty treats made from the fruit - from kumquat smoothies, kumquat cookies, kumquat marmalade, kumquat salso, to the crowd favorite kumquat pie (tastes a bit like Key Lime pie, but with it's own unique flavor). The event routinely draws as many as 40,000 people to the downtown area of historic Dade City.

Even though this is advertised as a one-day event, there are other activities that predede it in what locals refer to as "Festival month". The first Saturday of the month kicks off the festivities with the "Dade City Cruise-In" car show. Then on Sunday, the Mr. and Miss Kumquat Pageant is held. The week immediately prior to the Festival, local growers host open houses with grove and packing house tours.

Food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and farmer's market stands are scattered over a large area along downtown streets that are blocked off from traffic during the festival. An antique car and truck show is held in the courthouse parking lot. and there is a large kid's play area. The streets around the courthouse square are ground zero for continuous entertainment during the festival. Expect to see stage performances by folk dancers and cloggers, folk and country groups, as well as shows by local churches.
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