Editors Note: The 2012 Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival was cancelled. While the dates for the 2013 festival were announced earlier, it has also been cancelled.
It's a tradition that has lived in Central Florida for more than 30 years — and it has nothing to do with theme parks. It's the Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival, and it's back after a disappointing absence last year.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 24-26, thousands will pour into the tiny town of Zellwood to stroll the arts & crafts exhibits, listen to great entertainment, and enjoy all the sweet corn they can eat. This is great outdoor family fun — there is something for everyone. While Mom browses through the Arts & Crafts the kids can enjoy the amusement rides. There's even a car and bike show for Dad!
Change is again in the air for the festival. It is again being held over Memorial Day weekend, but plans and entertainment has not been announced.
Everyone loves watching "Big Bertha" at work because she could cook 1,650 ears of corn every nine minutes in 350 gallons of boiling water, but it is unclear whether she will be brought out of retirement for the festivities. It is also unclear whether corn will be included with your admission ticket as in year's past or whether it will again only be available for purchase from food vendors who will be cooking it up in a variety of ways, including everyone's favorite... simply boiled.
In 2011, a new addition to the concerts was a $25.00 VIP seating area that included a reserved front row seat, a Zellwood Corn Festival t-shirt and a chance to win a meet and greet with the entertainers. It has not been announced whether those tickets will again be offered.
Information and Directions
The Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival is located off Highway 441 at 4253 Ponkan Road in Zellwood. It is approximately 30 miles north of Orlando.
Parking is free. More information is available by visiting online www.ZellwoodCornFestival.com.