Florida Blueberry Festival

 

Brooksville will play host to the annual Florida Blueberry Festival, a family friendly two-day event, kicking off on Saturday, April 22nd at 10 a.m. and continuing through Sunday, April 23rd, offering something for everyone from toddlers to seniors.
The festivities over this weekend will host over 100 Vendors together with Live Entertainment on multiple stages. An  amazing Art Show will spotlight artistic talents in photography, fine arts, 3 dimensional art, impressive Plein Air artisans, pottery and more.  Bring the children and play at the Blueberry Patch Kidz Zone. Riding the giant water slide down the street is sure to be a highlight for the young and younger at heart. Enjoy the Beer Garden and Wine Bar, and stroll the beautiful picturesque streets of downtown Brooksville while enjoying a delicious Blueberry Shortcake.

Come early, stay late, and make sure to bring your appetite so you can experience the food truck yummies, delicious gourmet foods, festival fare goodies, and downtown Brooksville’s cafes and eateries.

Musical entertainment (see entertainment schedule below) will be featured throughout the festival on multiple stages throughout Saturday and Sunday, with headliner entertainment each evening.

To help make your family outing at the Florida Blueberry Festival an extra special experience, there will be a nursing and changing station for your family’s needs.

Florida Blueberries are available only during March, April and May, so plan to come out and make it a day in celebration of this little blue dynamo. You may also want to pick up a basket of Fresh Blueberries, or take home your own bush for your backyard so you too can create your very own blueberry masterpieces.

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Carol’s Blueberry Pie Recipe

Prep time: 1 hour     

Cook time: 1 hour

Filling ingredients                                                                               

6     cups fresh (or frozen) blueberries, rinsed and stems removed

½    teaspoon lemon zest

1     Tbsp. lemon juice

¼    cup all purpose flour

½    cup white, granulated Sugar

¼    teaspoon cinnamon

2    Tbsp. butter (unsalted ), cut into small pieces                                      

 Crumb Topping

½       cup sugar

¾       cup flour

⅓       cup butter

Egg wash ingredients

1 egg and 1 Tbsp. Milk

Pie crust ingredients

1-½   cup flour

2       Tbsp. sugar

1        teaspoon salt

½       cup vegetable oil

2       Tbsp. cold milk

Directions

  1. For crust: Sift together the first three ingredients.

           Whisk together milk and oil. Add flour to mixture

           Mix together with fork until moist. Roll out half

           the dough to ⅛” thick circle on lightly floured

           Work surface about 13” in diameter. Fit the dough

           over a 9” pie pan, trim the edges to ½” over the

           edge all around the pan. Put in refrigerator

           to chill until the dough is firm, about 30 minutes.

           Heat oven to 425 F.

 

     2)  Filling: Gently mix blueberries, sugar, flour

          cinnamon, lemon zest and lemon juice in a large

          bowl. Transfer them to the chilled bottom crust

          of the pie pan. Dot with butter pieces.

 

     3) Crumb Topping: Prepare the crumb topping by

          sifting together sugar and ¾ cup flour. Cut in

          ⅓ cup butter or margarine until crumbly.

          Sprinkle over blueberry filling.

 

     4) Place the pie on the middle rack of the oven with

         parchment paper or lined baking pan positioned

         on the lower rack to catch any filling that may   

         bubble over. Bake 20 minutes at 425F. Reduce

         heat to 350F and bake for 30 to 40 minutes more

         until juices are bubbling and have thickened.

         transfer to a wire rack to cool. Let cool completely

         before serving.

              Yield: makes one pie with 8 servings   

 

Furnished by Carol Fernandez- first place winner in Hernando Chamber of Commerce Pie competition, and third place in the 2013 Florida Blueberry Festival.

For additional information, including event details, maps, schedules, admission prices, and parking/shuttle information please visit the official site of the Florida Blueberry Festival here.

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Summary
Event
Florida Blueberry Festival
Location
Downtown Brooksville,Downtown Brooksville, Florida,Central Florida-34601
Starting on
April 22, 2017
Ending on
April 23, 2017
Description
Brooksville will play host to the annual Florida Blueberry Festival, a family friendly two-day event, kicking off on Saturday, April 22nd at 10 a.m. and continuing through Sunday, April 23rd, offering something for everyone from toddlers to seniors.
Offer Price
USD $10