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.
They prepare for emergency situations by having the Veteran lie on the ground and utilize the dog to help get up. The dogs are attuned to their master’s comfort level and recognize when breathing becomes more rapid and anxiety increases in their owners. They help re-direct the Veteran to the task at hand and are trained to stand in front of the individual when people approach, creating an additional buffer of personal space.
Carol’s Blueberry Pie Recipe
Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 1 hour
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
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
- 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
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.