Upcoming Events at Frances Avenue Park
Mar 23, 2019 | 9:00 AM | Saturday
Frances Avenue Park
Community: New Port Richey
The sixth annual Florida Loquat Festival will be Saturday March 23, 2019. Mark your calendars and make arrangements now to join loquat fans from around the state at Frances Avenue Park in New Port Richey. The 2019 Loquat Festival will be March 23 (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The 2019 Loquat Festival will be March 23 (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) at Frances Avenue Park, New Port Richey Florida. The program will be 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The fifth annual Loquat Literary Festival will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Volunteers Welcomed If you would like to volunteer to assist in setting up the event or on the day of the festival, please let us know as soon as possible.
Harvesters and Harvest Donors Our greatest desire will be for volunteers to assist with harvesting the fruit – especially the week before the event. Fruiting was early and the festival was late last year, and we have very little fruit for the festival. We are working to have plenty of fruit this year, so we'll look for volunteers to step forward to assist. We also welcome folks who will donate the harvest of their trees. See contact information, below, or email, Marilynn deChant
Canners Sought We are also looking for folks to prepare and sell preserves. As many of you know, one of the traditions of the Loquat Festival is selling out of all the jellies, jams, compotes, canned halves and slices. That is a tradition we would like to bring to an end in 2019. Every year there are more preserves than the previous year, and every year all are sold before the festival is over – last year nearly 600 jars were sold long before the festival concluded!
Needless to say, this is a great way to supplement one's income. In fact, for those who are diligent, a considerable amount of money can be made.
There are no fees for loquat vendors, canners, or bakers. If you are making food products from loquats, or sharing the fresh fruit, please join us. All income received is yours. We will be very happy to receive a 10% donation from your sales, if you are successful.
If you plan to join us, please contact us as soon as possible to reserve your space.
Poets and Writers Called 2019 will mark the fifth year of the Florida Loquat Literary Festival. Here is the official call:
The Florida Loquat Festival is seeking one-page poetry or prose submissions fo