When it comes to fruit, most shoppers stick to the lowest hanging branch: bananas, apples, oranges, etc. Snore. We cant think of anything more boring than a banana flanked by a couple of grapes. Its one thing if you live in Lapland and have to eat that Granny Smith to avoid scurvy, but when youre living on the Tropic of Cancer, theres no excuse for missing Mother Natures entire menu.
Enter, stage overhead, the Redland Summer Fruit Festival at the Fruit and Spice Park, where breadfruit commingles with date palm, and guava gets busy with persimmon. The fun doesnt stop at fruit; many other delicious foods will be available, along with local artisans selling crafts, and a bevy of childrens activities including a petting zoo, pony rides, an interactive puppet and magic show, and what the park describes as a wild and wonderful Everglades reptile show. For the sonically-inclined, theres also a live performance by the Strictly Business Blues Band. The festival blossoms between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, while children under 11 get in free.
Sat., June 20, 10 a.m.; Sun., June 21, 10 a.m., 2009