Bok Tower Gardens will have a two-day celebration of citrus featuring an art exhibition, cooking demonstrations, grove tours, bell-tower concerts and a “Eat a Florida Orange” flash mob, among other activities, this weekend.
The citrus-oriented festivities will be included in regular admission to the Lake Wales attraction on Saturday and Sunday.
“We’ve begun placing a bigger emphasis on healthy eating and offering events that support that discipline,” said Jennifer Beam, director of visitor services and programs.
Bok’s educational staff will hold talks on juicing and cooking with citrus. Florida Citrus Hall of Fame president, John Jackson, will lead tours of on-site citrus groves.
Gardens carillonneur Geert D’hollander will performs live concerts on the 60-bell Singing Tower carillon at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. At noon on those days, there will be an “Eat a Florida Orange” flash mob with group selfie inside the Gardens’ Visitor Center.
Guests can also see Blair Updike’s “Gardens & Groves” art exhibition and watch “Barrels to Bins,” a documentary film showing the pictorial history of the citrus industry.
The event includes a Citrus Crate Label Show & Sale, free juice samples, photo ops with a cutout of Captain Citrus, comic hero of the Florida Department of Citrus and meet-and-greets with Summer Foley, the reigning Miss Florida Citrus.
Admission is $12 ($3 for ages 5 to 12). Members and children under five are admitted free. For more information, go to BokTowerGardens.org.
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