Tropical Fruit Fiesta
The 2017 Tropical Fruit Fiesta was held on Saturday, June 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Truman Little White House, 111 Front Street, in Key West.
Fruit was on display and for sale. Fruit trees were available for purchase.
There were two speakers:
Adrian Hunsberger: "What's Bugging my Fruit Tree?" at 10:00
Jeff Stotts: "History of the Mango in Florida" at 11:00
From 10:00 to noon, Russ Ferstle from Firefly Key West presented "Cooking with Tropical Fruit." Tasting and recipes were available.
Children's activities, such as "Plant-a-Piney" occurred from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Vendors were there throughout the event selling their wares.
Last year's Fiesta:
On June 25, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., many Florida Keys tropical fruit lovers converged at Grimal Grove, 258 Cunningham Lane, Big Pine Key for the Tropical Fruit Fiesta. Nowhere else in the Keys can you be in one location and learn so much about planting, common problems, and harvesting tropical fruit trees. Many tropical fruit trees you may have never seen before are located at the grove. Several trees exist nowhere else in the continental United States.
The Tropical Fruit Fiesta was all about FUN! Free admission! Family-friendly event had three fun kid’s activities: Tropical Fruit Scavenger Hunt, Plant-a-Piney, and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Farm. Pine Island Nursery sold the best quality fruit trees. University of Florida / IFAS experts were on hand to answer any horticulture questions.
Lectures began at 9:30. Speakers were:
• Patrick Garvey, Executive Director of Grimal Grove - “Vision for Grimal Grove”
• Jeff Wasielski, UF / IFAS Tropical Fruit Agent - “Why Won't My Fruit Tree Grow?”
• Dr. Richard Campbell, Fairchild Tropical Garden - “Tropical Fruit Trees of the Florida Keys”
There was food, a tropical fruit sampling, a tropical fruit display, and guided tours. There was also plenty of shade under tents and mature shade and fruit trees.
Some highlights of the festival included:
- Fruit trees for sale
- Expert speakers
- Guided tours
- Tropical fruit display and tasting
- Silent Auction
- Raffle Drawing
- Three fun kid’s activities
- Live music
- Sales vendors
- Non-profit groups
- Educational exhibits
Thanks goes out to local sponsors for helping to offer this event.
Environmental Horticulture Agent