Blueberries seem to be a constant in our lives. The Queen often eats blueberry waffles with blueberry syrup for breakfast. We have blueberry popsicles in our freezer. I have a K-Cup holder that almost always has Wild Mountain Blueberry Coffee. Even the flavor in my vape pen is blueberry. Plus, they’re good for you. So it was only natural when we scanned the festival list to hit the 3rd Annual Florida Blueberry Festival in Brooksville, Florida.
Anything and everything blueberry in Brooksville, which is a small, quaint little town about 3 hours North of Fort Myers and just a hop, skip and a jump from Tampa. The streets along the main drag are cobblestone. Pretty cool little town, if you ask me.
Upon entering the festival, I was surprised at how many people there were and how large it was for only being the 3rd annual event.
As we entered, there was a main tent where the locals were selling their blueberry wares. Blueberry Syrup, Blueberry Pancakes, Blueberry Mustard, Blueberry BBQ Sauce….anything you can think of, these folks figured out how to put a blueberry in it.
So we settled on some Blueberry Preserves, which should go nicely with a toasted bagel for brefass. Nom Nom Nom!
After a long drive, your boy was hungry…and let me tell you, the sweet smell of meat on a stick was in the air.
It seems that I’m always two steps ahead of the Queen. That’s because when you’re running point, you have to look out for booby traps while you’re scanning the landscape. If anyone ever tries to make a booby trap with meat on a stick, well…they’d get me.
Like I said, anything and everything blueberry. Like this blueberry soda with honey. Not too bad. Sweet and thirst-quenching.
The Queen and I love honey. Not just because it tastes good, but it’s healthy and good for your immune system. So we always have some on hand. Soon as we spotted Blueberry Honey, well you know we had to grab a few. Honey with my honey…awwwwww
We saw Ginger’s Booth from Ginger’s Jams and had to take a peek. She had a delicious assortment of goodies. I tried the Jalapeno Jelly, then promptly bought a jar. A-maa-aa-aa-aazing!
I’m a sucker for old muscle cars, so as soon as I saw the street lined with classics, I had to stop and drool. The guys over at Monster Transmission and Performance put on a nice display of some of the sweetest rides around.
This ’57 Chevy had me in awe. What a beautiful ride. This was how you styled and profiled in 1957. Classic beauty.
And this 1968 LeSabre had me giggling. Good lord that’s a beautiful car. The picture doesn’t do it justice.
But this one here….if you ever wondered “What kind of car would the Shell King drive to the beach?”, this would be it. The orange paint job on this ’68 Beetle was immaculate. I said to the Queen, “We would look awesome in this car!”
See the guy on the right? You know he’s saying, “Oooohhhhh sweet Jesus.” Drooling. Shaking.
I was too.
We settled for a couple of corn dogs. Yeah I know, it’s not really meat at all. But it was on a stick and we were hungry.
Queenie washed it down with a blueberry smoothie, which was really good. One thing we noticed there was that every ingredient in every blueberry dish was fresh.
Beef Jerky soaked in Moonshine. Yeah I tried it. It was pretty good, but too expensive. I guess the cost of running your own still has increased in the past few years ;)
On our way out, we saw a booth for Blueberry Pie in a cup. You know I had to try one, and yes it was deelishis!
Since this was only the 3rd Annual event, no doubt it will be bigger next year. Although it was a pretty long drive with a lot of toll booths along the way, it’s worth the drive. With the food and events, there is plenty to enjoy, no matter what your age. This event definitely gets the SK/SQ stamp of approval.
Of course, we had to stop at Yoder’s, since it was on our way home. You know, to stock up on cheese curds, whoopie pies and candy.
A few of our delicious wares from the day:
We ended the weekend with a day of power shelling on Sunday with our friend, the Shellinator himself and half of his wonderful family. I look like I’m wearing daisy dukes. Striking.
Today, we are beat, worn out, sunburned and exhausted.
And we’d do it again tomorrow if we could.
Totally worth it.