The Oviedo Preservation Project’s Citrus & Celery Celebration offers an appetizer, main course, dessert, and drink that features one or both ingredients. Each year showcases a different country’s cuisine, and while tasting food with flavors from one country, we vote (via donations) for which country should be featured next.
Why Citrus & Celery?
Citrus & Celery are what put Oviedo on the map. In fact, in the 1940’s, Oviedo was the Celery Capital of the World! These two crops are the reason why train tracks were run to Oviedo, and they jump-started the town’s economic prosperity.
What is The Citrus & Celery Celebration?
The Oviedo Preservation Project (TOPP) organizes the Celebration with help from Oviedo-based Duda Farm Fresh Foods, a wholly-owned subsidiary of A. Duda & Sons, Inc. Duda Farm Fresh Foods grows and distributes produce across the country. Duda’s agricultural division, Duda Ranches, operates the sod fields on either side of Mitchell Hammock Road.
Taste Around the World!
This year, we bring you citrus and celery samplings with a flair that should remind you of ITALY. Tasting is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Tasting Tickets are available for $3 at the Cook-Off tent as soon as Taste opens. Only 100 tickets will be sold, and each one comes with a voting token to help determine next year’s international twist on two very local ingredients. A Tasting Ticket gets you a sample of the complete Meal of the Year.
Where Is It?
The Celebration tent is located in the middle of Taste of Oviedo, which is held in the west parking lot of the Oviedo Mall. The Celebration is at the end of the row at the place that is farthest away from the mall (near the restaurants). The tent is closer to Chamberlain’s than the movie theater.