Summertime in Alabama means fresh fruit and vegetables, lots of them, and the advent of ripe blueberries in particular means it’s time to enjoy the early season. One way to celebrate blueberries this month is at the 35th Annual Alabama Blueberry Festival in Brewton, Alabama, on Saturday June 20th from 8am to 3pm. Make the short drive down for the day to get your fill of fresh blueberries, blueberry cobbler, and the famed original recipe for the festival’s blueberry ice cream. You can even purchase blueberry bushes to plant at home and grow your own. In addition to the culinary attractions, spend the day browsing arts and crafts vendors, listening to live music, taking in the antique car show, and feeling like a kid again in the children’s area. The event, which is held at Jennings Park, is free of charge, including parking.
Thirty-five years ago the Lion’s Club in Brewton decided to start the festival to celebrate all the local blueberry growers and farms in Escambia County. All the blueberries and bushes sold and enjoyed at the festival are still locally grown. But celebrating tradition is the name of the game at this year’s annual festival. The blueberry ice cream served by the Kiwanis Club at that original festival and churned by Dairy Fresh was all the rage. Eventually Dairy Fresh sold out, and the recipe for the ice cream served at the festival was changed, but the first recipe was sorely missed. Luckily, this year, the long-reminisced-about blueberry ice cream recipe has been resurrected. The Brewton Chamber of Commerce, who puts on the festival now, has contracted with a local business in nearby Mobile, Cammie’s Old Dutch Creamery, to bring back the original recipe blueberry ice cream. The blueberry cobbler served at the festival will also be made from the original recipe submitted to the festival’s cookbook years ago. Judy Crane, Executive Director of the Blueberry Festival, says it’s going to be a great day of family fun. The slides, games, and rides in the children’s area are all free, so even when the little ones grow full on blueberry treats and tired of browsing, there will be plenty to keep everyone entertained. “Just come and enjoy it,” Judy says. “Bring your lawn chair, and spend the day with us.
For more information visit: http://www.brewtonchamber.com/blueberry-festival