The Annual Kumquat Festival is taking place this month in Dade City, Florida.
Many events take place throughout January, but the main festival is Saturday, January 25th.
Pasco County’s unique Kumquat Festival celebrates family-friendly fun with an Old Florida feel! Enjoy local music, antique cars, arts and crafts, and fun activities for kids, like face painting and pony rides.
Best part? Entrance to the festival and parking are free!
Get directions and details from the Dade City Chamber of Commerce.
There will be 25 different community groups performing at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel this month.
The performances include local church choirs, dancing troupes, and puppet theaters.
You can find out details on the printable PDF calendar.
During my recent visit to Florida’s Largest Home Show, one of the venders that really stood out to me was Pirate Jonny’s BBQ Rubs and Caribbean Seasonings.
These guys are awesome.
I tried their product for the first time at the home show, and I instantly fell in love.
My favorite was the Caribbean flavor, a spicy and sweet masterpiece. As the spice hit my tongue, I could immediately taste the smooth sweetness as the sharp spice emerged, stealing the show, but in a way that was complementary, not overwhelming.
It was addicting.
And as I drove home, that spice still piquing my senses, I started thinking about all the different meats I was going to add it to, when I suddenly remembered the Parmesan popcorn I’d made the night before.
Popcorn? That’s right. More about that later.
The great things about Pirate Jonny’s is the authenticity of their wide range of products. Their rubs, seasonings, and sauces are all made with traditional spices and fruits found in the Caribbean. And, probably my favorite part (after the amazing taste), is the fact that they’re all natural. They’re gluten and MSG free, and are even low in sodium.
Great tasting AND healthy? You don’t come across that every day!
But Jonathan and Terri Toner are passionate about their craft. He was raised in St. Pete and she in New Orleans, and now the combined flavors of their heritage are available to the public in their award-winning products.
Here are our local pirates at the home show:
Their products are great for just about anything you’d imagine it on: steak, chicken, seafood, veggies, even french fries. I actually used my seasoning to make ribs last night, but we ate them all before it occurred to me to take a photograph.
But did I promise you I’d talk about popcorn? Yup. And I did photograph that.
Freshly popped popcorn is a wonderful thing to have on your stove, and I like to experiment with flavoring it.
I’m not much for measuring when I cook, but if you’d like to replicate what I made, it’s pretty easy.
First, make the popcorn according to the directions. Then, pour it into a bowl and drizzle a couple tablespoons of melted butter over it, mixing well to coat. Shake the seasoning / rub over the top of the popcorn and mix it with a large spoon.
If you want a mild flavor, start slow, and if you want a more intense flavor, shake freely. I like to see each piece covered in spice. But it’s a personal preference.
To learn all about this local company, visit Pirate Jonny’s.
You can read all about Jonathan and Terri Toner, how their company was created, and where you can find their products by visiting their website. They also post great recipes on their site and on their Facebook page.
The 28th Annual Florida’s Largest Home Show is now at the Florida State Fairgrounds!
From October 18-20, you can explore over 900 exhibits at the Expo Hall on U.S. 301 in Tampa. There are many products and services there for you to view, and representatives of the companies to answer all of your questions.
It’s a great way to spend the afternoon, whether you’re looking to remodel, repair, or re-decorate your home, or you’re just interested in finding a unique product that’s made locally!
I’ll be writing a few blog posts to highlight some of the companies I was especially interested in, including photos, company details, and contact information.
And, just for fun, here is a photo of me with an alligator from the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Foundation:
I was sad that they wouldn’t let me keep the little guy…
And you’ll have to excuse my humidity-wracked hair that was pulled back into a messy ponytail. It may be mid-October, but it’s still a little warm in Tampa. 🙂
You can get more info on the home show and find out about future dates at Florida’s Largest Home Show.
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Here are some highlights from the home show:
Nocturnal Cravings is a late-night dessert tasting party that will be at the Dali Museum on Friday, November 15, 2013 as part of the St. Pete & the Bay Area Festival of Food, Wine, and the Arts.
It will use the medium of food to celebrate Salvador Dali’s lithograph Les Pios Nonoches.
Duff Goldman (of Ace of Cakes fame) will be hosting the event, along with a variety of notable local pastry chefs and chocolatiers.
It’s a walk-around tasting, with tastings included in the ticket price. Fine wines and spirits will also be available.
Details at the Enjoy Arts & Tastes website.
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