Harvest Festival, Pineapple Festival, TC Wine & Ale Trail Festival top this weekend
Three major annual festivals dominate this weekend’s events with one in each Treasure Coast county.
The St. Helen’s Harvest Festival in Vero Beach has been around for more than 50 years. The Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival is still going after 30 years. The Treasure Coast Wine & Ale Trail Festival is brand new.
Plus, there’s no shortage of other fun things to do in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties, including a bacon and barbecue festival and a beachside bonfire bash.
Eat pineapples, learn history.
The 31st annual Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival is 6-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in downtown Jensen Beach. The art and craft show is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Downtown restaurants will offer pineapple-themed entrees. Art galleries and gift shops will have pineapple-inspired displays. There also will be pineapple-centered activities, including pineapple eating contests, cooking contests and a pineapple chop demonstration.
Here are some of the pineapple-themed dishes:
- Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill: Caribbean Pineapple Mahi and Pineapple French Toast
- Jan’s Place Restaurant: Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Ham and Pineapple Omelet, Hawaiian Burger, Pineapple Coconut Muffins and Pineapple Coconut French Toast
- Pineapple Jack’s Bistro: Pineapple by-the-sea and Pineapple Crabby Cakes
- Mary’s Gourmet Restaurant: Pineapple Coconut Cake
- Lures Riverfront Restaurant: Ace Pineapple Cider; Lures signature Rum Runners; Fresh Fish Tacos with shredded lettuce, jack cheese and homemade pineapple salsa; and Chicken Sandwich with Teriyaki and grilled pineapple rings
- Crawdaddy’s: Pontchartrain Pineapple Skirt Steak and Papa Legba’s Pineapple Punch
- The Goose Pub: Pineapple Upside Down Shots
- Bunkhouse Coffee Bar: Pineapple Smoothies
The festival also will feature carnival rides, live music from local bands, information about the history of Jensen Beach and the return of the beautiful baby contest and the pineapple prince and princess competition.
Admission is free. A concert seat can be reserved for $10. A $20 unlimited ride wristband is available 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday or noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Parking is limited, but a large public parking lot is directly north of festival site on Indian River Drive and Pineapple Avenue. For more information, call 772-334-3444 or go to www.pineapplefestival.info.
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Take a beer journey
Ticket holders get 25 tokens, and each is worth a 2-ounce sample from the 11 members of the trail: Summer Crush, Sailfish Brewing Company, Pareidolia Brewing Company, Orchid Island Brewery, Side Door Brewing Company, Walking Tree Brewery, Islamorada Brewing Company, Hop Life Brewing Company, American Icon Brewing Company, Pierced Ciderworks and Mash Monkeys Brewing Company.
The festival also features live music, food trucks and yard games, as well as several area artists displaying and selling their handcrafted items.
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Devour bacon and barbecue
The festival showcases many bacon recipes and different types of barbecue, each with the option of adding some bacon. The event also has a children’s fun zone, vendors and exhibits and live entertainment, in addition to bacon cocktails and bacon desserts.
Admission is free, but the food isn’t. Bring non-perishable food donations for the Treasure Coast Food Bank. For more information, call 561-792-9260 or go to www.baconandbbq.com.
Shop for the holidays
The Indian River State College chapter of Delta Epsilon Chi’s 38th annual DECA Holiday Bazaar is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Ave., in Fort Pierce.
The bazaar features live music, food trucks and more than 100 vendors with craft and gift items, including holiday decorations, toys and fabric. The event is planned, coordinated and organized by IRSC business students.
Admission and parking are free. Proceeds benefit the President’s Challenge Scholarship Fund, which provides full two-year scholarships to financially disadvantaged students who maintain good grades and complete high school. For more information, call 866-792-4772 or go to www.irsc.edu.
Take a hike
Celebrate National Take A Hike Day from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Savannas Preserve State Park at 2541 S.E. Walton Road in Port St. Lucie.
Hike the pine flatwoods with Ranger Paul for two hours on mostly flat, mostly dry trails through the park. Meet at the education center. No pets allowed. Space is limited. To register, call 772-398-2779.
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Sein in the seagrass
Family Seining in the Seagrasses is 9-10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Smithsonian Marine Station and Ecosystems Exhibit at 420 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce.
Discover some of the animals that live in the seagrass beds of the Indian River Lagoon through a brief presentation inside the aquarium, followed by a seine-netting lesson where participants enter the water and collect animals in the same manner as Smithsonian scientists and aquarists.
The cost, which includes aquarium admission, is $6 for adults and $5 for children who aren’t museum members and $5 for adults and $4 for children who are members. Advanced payment is required. The event is for ages 6 and older. All participants must wear clothes that can get wet and water shoes with heel straps. To register, call 772-465-3271. For more information, go to www.sms.si.edu.
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Harvest a good time
The 54th annual St. Helen’s Harvest Festival is 5-9:30 p.m. Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Historic Dodgertown on 26th Street, east of 43rd Avenue, in Vero Beach.
Enjoy games, a variety of festival food, hand-crafted gifts and carnival rides for all ages at the midway. Admission and parking are free. Ride tickets $1.25 each. For more information, call 772-567-5457 or go to the Harvest Festival’s Facebook page.
Get in the holiday spirit
The event includes the festival forest, Santa’s village, a synthetic ice skating rink for kids, a grand festival hall, Christmas shopping at holiday vendor booths, food and drinks. Family night is 4-8 p.m. Saturday and includes live entertainment, free pizza and other giveaways for kids.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 2-12 and free for kids younger than 2 years old. Skating is for kids ages 10 and younger. The skate rental fee is $3. Socks are required. Proceeds benefit the theater’s scholarship and performing arts education programs for kids. For more information, call 772-231-5860 or go to www.riversidetheatre.com.
Visit beach bonfires
The Beachside Bonfire Fest is 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Waldo’s at the Driftwood Resort, Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa, Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill and Vero Beach Hotel & Spa.
Enjoy four different themed bonfires at each of the Ocean Drive locations, as well as food, drinks and live music. Attendees are encouraged to use a shuttle from Riverside Park to the locations.
Visit each location to complete a stamped raffle card. Completed cards will be entered into a raffle to win a basket from each location. Proceeds from a raffle benefit the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association. For more information, go to www.verobeach100.com.
Toast to the centennial
The second annual Vero Vino Food & Wine Festival is 4-6 p.m. Saturday at The Heritage Center and Indian River Citrus Museum at 2140 14th Ave., in Vero Beach.
The festival features catered food paired with nearly 20 domestic and international wines, as well as creative desserts and beer. Plus, there’s live jazz music and a silent auction.
Admission is $60 per person and includes a centennial t-shirt. Proceeds benefit Little Birthday Angels and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County. For more information, go to www.verovinofestival.com.
Buy a boat, get nautical
Boat dealers and suppliers from the area will display their products and have staff available to answer questions. Products include standup paddleboards, kayaks, deck boats, pontoon boats, shallow water skiffs, personal watercraft, offshore fishing machines, cruisers, marine accessories and services and nautical goodies. Plus, there will be food, refreshments and fishing seminars.
Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 772-562-7922 or go to www.verobeachboatshow.com.
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The seventh annual Shore LB. Bodysurf Contest begins 10 a.m. Saturday at South Beach Park at 1704 Ocean Drive in Vero Beach. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
A barbecue lunch will be available. Proceeds benefit the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/shorelb.
Save the seagrasses
The sixth annual Capt Hiram’s River Challenge Triathlon starts 7:30 a.m. Sunday at Capt Hiram’s Resort at 1580 U.S. 1 in Sebastian.
Watch as triathletes swim a quarter-mile, bicycle 12 miles and run 3 miles. The challenge is followed by a post-race party with live music, brunch, cocktails and an awards ceremony.
The purpose of the annual sprint triathlon is to raise awareness about the perils that face the Indian River Lagoon and to showcase Sebastian. The event has raised about $15,000 since it started. Proceeds benefit the Environmental Learning Center, Ocean Research & Conservation Association and Coastal Conservation Association Florida. For more information, call 772-581-6179 or go to www.hirams.com/triathlon.
Gamble in another decade
The Speakeasy Casino Night is 7-11 p.m. Saturday at Walking Tree Brewery at 3209 Dodger Road in Vero Beach.
The night includes blackjack, roulette three-card poker, craps, raffles, prizes, live music, a food truck and a costume contest with a Roaring ‘20s theme.
Proceeds benefit the “Words from War” Iraq/Afghanistan monument and the Veterans Council of Indian River County. For more information, call 772-217-3502 or go to www.facebook.com/walkingtreebrewery.
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Hang with the whole family
The Buggy Bunch’s Family Fun Day is 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at American Icon Brewery at 1133 19th Place in Vero Beach.
The day includes a bounce house, a dunk tank, face painting, a corn hole tournament, clowns, a balloon artist, a special appearance by Spiderman, prizes and a raffle.
Anyone who donates $10 to the Buggy Bunch gets $10 off their check. The limit is $20 off per check. For more information, call 772-266-5507 or go to www.facebook.com/americaniconbrewery.
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Next weekend’s preview
- Heathcote’s Garden of Lights at Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Fort Pierce
- Sunset/Full Moon Kayak Tour at Stan Blum Boat Ramp in Fort Pierce
- DRUMline Live Holiday Spectacular at Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce
- Line to See Jesus at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce
- Shop Small in Downtown Fort Pierce
- Turkey Trot at Tradition Town Hall in Port St. Lucie
- Tykes & Teens Festival of Trees & Lights at Flagler Place in Stuart
- Art in the Park Fine Art and Craft Show at Memorial Park in Stuart
- Santa at the Barn at JAG Bar Corral in Indiantown
- ‘90s Night at coffee bar Blue Door in Stuart
- Really Really Free Market at Ground Floor Farm in Stuart
- Shop Small Saturday at Heritage Center in Vero Beach
- Round Island and Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge Kayak and Paddleboard Eco Tours
- Doggie Photos with Santa at A Dog’s Life Doggie Daycare and Training Center in Vero Beach
- Christmas at The Marketplace Bulk Food & More in Sebastian
- Butterfly Release at Earl’s Hideaway Lounge in Sebastian
Laurie K. Blandford is TCPalm’s entertainment reporter and columnist dedicated to finding the best things to do on the Treasure Coast. Read her weekly column, Laurie’s Stories, on TCPalm.com. Follow her on Twitter at @TCPalmLaurie or Facebook at faceboook.com/TCPalmLaurie.