Kumquat Growers will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at its packinghouse, 31647 Gude Road, located off Scharber Road.
Thursday was the first day of the two-day open house.
Held in conjunction with the 17th annual Dade City Kumquat Festival, the annual open house includes samples of kumquat jellies and marmalades as well as talks and tours. The 15-minute “Origin and History of Kumquats” will be offered at 10 and 11 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Fifteen minute tours of the packinghouse, including talks about how kumquats are picked, processed, packaged and shipped, will be held at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m.
Grove tours, where those attending can learn about planting, maintenance and care of kumquat trees for commercial production, will be offered at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. The grove tours are 30 minutes.
For information, see www. kumquatgrowers.com or write to [email protected]
The Dade City Kumquat Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Dade City. Hosted by the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, the event draws some 40,000 to streets lined with arts-and-crafts vendors and food booths.