City of New Port Richey to Celebrate 10th Anniversary Florida Loquat Festival

City of New Port Richey to Celebrate 10th Anniversary Florida Loquat Festival


NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. –The City of New Port Richey proudly announces its support of the 10th Anniversary Florida Loquat Festival, hosted by Ecology Florida and New Port Richey FarmNet. This year’s celebration is set to take place on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Sims Park.

Unlike previous years, the 10th Anniversary Florida Loquat Festival will be relocated to the grounds of the West Pasco Historical Society, a location strategically positioned to invite a wider audience to celebrate this urban fruit.

The loquat, otherwise known as the Japanese plum, holds significance across the world in many cultures; however, New Port Richey hosts the only known loquat festival in the United States.

Visitors explore loquat preserves at the Florida Loquat Festival

“There are loquat festivals in other parts of the world, from East Asia, through Central Asia, to Europe and North Africa and on to the Caribbean Islands, but New Port Richey is home to the only one in the U.S.A.” says Dell deChant, one of the event’s organizers.

Attendees can anticipate an engaging lineup of educational sessions spotlighting the cultural significance of loquats, as well as presentations focusing on their pivotal role in sustainable agriculture. Demonstrations showcasing diverse uses of the fruit and its leaves will complement the festival’s offerings, which extend to an array of goods available for purchase. These include loquat trees, fruits, pastries, scones, juices, teas, sauces, artwork, and more.

Seasonal goods featuring loquats will also be offered by several participating businesses in downtown New Port Richey, including specialty beers, smoothies, pies, and skincare products.

All are invited and encouraged to attend this unique occasion!


Event Details:

WHAT: 10th Anniversary Florida Loquat Festival

WHEN: Saturday, Apr. 6, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Sims Park, on the West Pasco Historical Society grounds – 6431 Circle Blvd, New Port Richey, FL 34652

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New Port Richey farmers' loquat harvest