Published on January 16th, 2019 | by University Communications


Saint Leo sponsoring Kumquat Festival on January 26

What’s tiny, orange, and can be sweet or sour? It’s the kumquat! Saint Leo University is one of the sponsors of this year’s Kumquat Festival that will be held Saturday, January 26, in downtown Dade City, FL.

The 22nd Annual Kumquat Festival will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. around Pasco County’s historic courthouse.

More than 30,000 attendees including Florida residents from the Tampa Bay area and surrounding counties, winter residents, tourists and “day trippers” will enjoy a day of fun, shopping, and entertainment. And of course, the star is the kumquat, a citrus fruit.

There is no cost for admission, parking, shuttles, or entertainment.

The festival celebrates the “little gold gem of the citrus industry” and, in partnership with Kumquat Growers Inc., showcases the fruit.

Food offerings include kumquat pie, kumquat salsa, kumquat beer and wine, and numerous kumquat recipe specialties. There will be crafts and other items for sale, live entertainment, a children’s activity area, a classic car show, and more.

The festival is presented by the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Melanie Storms, senior vice president, represents Saint Leo on the chamber’s board of directors.

Parking downtown is free, and there are two satellite parking areas with free shuttle service to the festival. The Pasco County Fairgrounds is at 36722 State Road 52, Dade City, FL 33525, east of Saint Leo, and Jarrett Ford is at 38300 Dick Jarrett Way, Dade City, FL 33525, off of U.S. 98.

For more information, call the chamber of commerce at (352) 567-3769.

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