As we wave goodbye to strawberries, it’s time to make way for another favorite berry: blueberries! From April until June, it’s officially high time for enjoying blueberries in Orlando. Beginning in April, festivals celebrating the bite-sized super food are plentiful and many local farms open their doors to the public for u-pick.
Whether you choose to attend an event or festival, pick your own, or prefer to enjoy your berries in liquid form, there are endless options for getting your blueberry fix before the season’s end.
Festivals & Events
Blueberry Festival of Greater Orlando at Southern Hill Farms
Southern Hill Farms is a local favorite for picking blueberries, with 40 acres and 10 blueberry varieties. This year’s festival will feature u-pick alongside vendors, live music, food trucks, Blueberry Express rides, a market, and more. Have fun and support a local farmer!
April 22-23, 2017
FREE admission and parking
Clermont Clay U Run U Pick Blueberry 5K
Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and low in calories, making them perfect healthy snacks. Take the health factor one step further by participating in a 5K followed by berry picking. This themed run takes place at Southern Hill Farms in Clermont and consists of a 5K run on the Clermont Clay roads followed by a hearty blueberry pancake breakfast and u-pick berries. Pick up to 1lb of berries at the farm after the race for free.
April 29, 2017, 7:30am
$29 and up
Mount Dora Blueberry Festival
Held at Evans Park in Mount Dora, this festival features crafts and vendors, pancake breakfasts, a pie eating contest, and more local blueberries than you can imagine. The blueberries at the event are from local farms in and around Lake County. On Saturday, April 29, local Mount Dora businesses will band together for a blueberry food tour ($30/person). Each participating vendor has a special menu item incorporating blueberries to share.
April 29-30, 2017
FREE admission to festival
Two Henry’s Brewing /Keel & Curley Winery 10th Annual Blueberry Festival
Head to Plant City to a small blueberry farm off I-4 for u-pick blueberries ($5/lb cash, $5.25/lb credit), $5 bottles of blueberry wine, food and craft vendors and more. The festival is held at Keel & Curley Winery, home to a brewery and winery in one. Parking is $10 if arriving after 10am.
April 22-23, 2017, 8am-6pm
2017 Annual Florida Blueberry Festival
About 1.5 hours from Orlando, Brooksvillle is definitely a day trip. The Annual Florida Blueberry Festival provides the perfect excuse to hit the road and explore a nearby city for the weekend. Similar to the Florida Strawberry Festival, this event is a full blown fair with vendors, food, blueberry treats, performances, blueberry wine, and more.
April 22-23, 2017, 10am
Picking your own blueberries is a fun way to spend a day together while also bringing home fresh fruit to enjoy. You’ll also directly support the work of Central Florida farmers. We’ve listed several local u-pick options below, but make sure to either call ahead or check each farm’s social media pages prior to your visit to check hours and availability.
Sand Hill Blueberry Farm
This family-friendly farm offers four varieties of blueberries. Plan a day trip to pick your own blueberries, or hang out at the picnic tables and pick up some fresh pre-picked berries to take home. Sand Hill Blueberry Farm will also be at the Mount Dora Blueberry Festival. Their goal is to bring along approximately 300 buckets of berries! The farm is open Tuesday-Sunday from 9am-6pm.
A Patch of Blue
You don’t need to travel far to enjoy a day of blueberry picking! A Patch of Blue is located in Orlando near Baldwin Park. U-pick blueberries are $5/lb. Hours tend to vary, so check Facebook or call ahead before visiting.
Blueberry Hill Farm (Organic)
In addition to u-pick, this farm also offers hay rides and other farm activities. Five varieties are available, including organic berries. U-pick is offered Wednesday-Sunday from 9am-4pm. Prices are $4/lb or $7/lb for organic.
Southern Hill Farms
Southern Hill Farms has one of the largest offerings for u-pick with 10 varieties to choose from. U-pick is offered Tuesday-Sunday from 9am-4pm. Prices are $4/lb for u-pick, $5/lb for pre-picked, and $2/lb for frozen berries.
Popular for u-pick strawberries, Pappy’s Patch also offers u-pick blueberries from April-June. A limited amount of strawberries are still available, so visit soon to snag double the berries. Blueberries are $4/lb. U-pick hours vary and it’s best to check the Facebook page before visiting.
This farm outside of Orlando has loads of blueberries in addition to local honey for sale. Berries are $3 for a 6oz pint, $10 for a 3lb clamshell, and $15 for a 6lb bucket. The farm is open daily from 9am-5pm, but check the Facebook page just in case.
Tom West Blueberries
This local blueberry and citrus farm has four blueberry varieties to choose from: Emerald, Jewel, Primadonna, and Springhigh. Credit cards are only accepted on the weekends, so bring cash if visiting on a weekday! The farm is open for u-pick daily from 9am-5pm.
Lake Catherine Blueberries
This farm offers two varieties of berries: Emerald and Jewel. Pluck a few berries right off the bush to decide which variety you like best; taste testing is encouraged. The farm is open everyday from 9am-5pm; call ahead or visit their Facebook page for frequent updates.
Two Henry’s Brewing / Keel & Curley Winery
What originated as a blueberry farm in Plant City has since morphed into a one-stop shop tasting room for craft beer, berry wines, and ciders. The Belleview Biltmore Blueberry Vanilla Wheat is a crisp, refreshing blueberry beer. Also worth trying is a sample of the Jalapeno Blueberry Porter, a unique spin on berry beer with a slight kick. Several blueberry wines are also available by the bottle and glass.
TR Fire Grill
TR Fire Grill serves an excellent brunch, but their cocktail menu is also worthy of a shoutout. Head to Winter Park and order yourself a Blueberry 75 to celebrate the season. The gin based cocktail is made with Hayman’s Old Tom gin, honey syrup, sparkling wine, and blueberry compote, the latter of which is made in house.
Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi
I recently went to Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi and was surprised to find they have several house-infused vodkas. The blueberry infused vodka is perfect for the season. Try it in a martini made with pomegranate and a splash of lemon juice. House-infused vodkas are on special for $3 during happy hour, so plan your visit accordingly.
Highball & Harvest
Located within the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Highball & Harvest makes for an excellent laid back date night. The focus on fresh farm fare doesn’t stop at the table; it goes into the cocktails made with seasonal ingredients as well. For a seasonally appropriate adult beverage, try the Doc Holiday, made with Tito’s vodka, blueberry jam, and house made ginger beer.