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Dade City’s 2019 Kumquat Festival is THIS Saturday

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As soon as the holiday madness subsides, we know the annual Kumquat Festival is just around the corner. The FREE Festival that takes place in the heart of historic downtown Dade City honors its distinction as the world’s leading supplier of the kumquat, a tasty petite fruit with a funny name.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, January 26th from 9am – 5pm. There will be over 400 vendors in attendance featuring arts and crafts, food from local restaurants as well as food trucks, and live entertainment.

Be sure to arrive early because each year this festival gets more and more popular. In fact, the 2019 Kumquat Festival was the selected as the highlight of the day on CBS Sunday Morning, a popular national news show. 

Amidst green hills and pastures, about an hour north of Tampa and a little over an hour west of Orlando, you’ll find groves dedicated to Florida’s “golden gem,” also known as the kumquat.

So what exactly is a kumquat? Orange in color, this small bite-sized fruit can be eaten – skin and all, providing a flavorful, pungent sweet and sour taste. It is a member of the citrus family and often baked into desserts and used as a glaze or flavoring for main dishes.

The kumquat is believed to be a native of China, and has long been a symbol of prosperity during the Chinese New Year celebrations. It was brought to the U.S. where two species are grown, the Nagami and the Meiwa. The more common Nagami (oval shaped) kumquat is tart and ideal for marmalades and jellies, while the Meiwa (round shaped), is sweeter and ideal for snacking, lacking the tartness of a Nagami.  

AuthenticFlorida, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Jan. 24, 2019

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A Florida resident since 1974, Melanie Lentz-Janney is the owner/CXO of AuthenticFlorida.com, a travel and lifestyle blog devoted to the Sunshine State's most unique and quirkiest treasures. Authentic Florida is intended to inspire discovery of the accessible, yet under-appreciated areas of the state as well as celebrating good old-fashioned Florida kitsch. Lentz-Janney’s lifelong passion has been discovering Florida’s genuine side – some old, some new – with a focus on “fun and affordable.” Authentic Florida has been recognized as the BEST Blog of the Year, the BEST Travel Blog (twice), and BEST Food Blog at the Florida Sunshine Awards. Lentz-Janney is a member of Florida Outdoor Writers Association and the Society of American Travel Writers. She is also a well-respected marketing expert and an award-winning filmmaker.