Lakeport’s Sour Orange Festival

OK.That one off the bucket list; I enjoy my first ever piece of sour orange pie

What’s a sour orange you ask and what’s it tastes like? If you’ve ever spread orange marmalade on your English muffin or sipped a bit of Curacao, Grand Mariner or perhaps an ounce of Triple sec liqueurs you are certainly familiar with the taste.

And before you ask, Lakeport is a small  village  on the southwest edge of big Lake Okeechobee. The area is noted for bass fishing and agricultural, mainly oranges, sugar cane and cattle.

The main reason for the 3/4 hour trip was to taste sour orange pie so we handled that first. Good stuff and worth the trip on its own.

Half brisket, half pulled pork, all southern barbecue, all good

But it was lunch time, we were still hungry so we split a combo plate of  brisket and pulled pork, southern barbecued  of course.

Hats off to this guy! He consumed all 81 bottles of Crown Royal so some lucky lady could make this quilt.

The event is actually called the ” Sour Orange Fest and Quilt Show” so with full bellies, we waddle off to the quilt show.
We are given a ballot as we enter and encouraged to vote for our favorite before we leave. It doesn’t take me long to find my fave, count them,  there are 81 purple (is there another color?) Crown Royal bags in this quilt. Looked like a lot of work sewing all those bags together, but can you imagine having to drink all that rye. This is the man who did it right here and my hat is off to him. Unfortunately, on this particular day he wasn’t sure of his name. His Crown Royal Quilts are so popular, he is having trouble keeping up. Production can not meet demand.
Confidentially, he and I are discussing a business partnership.

Lakeport is not a big village, so it doesn’t take a lot of time to do the whole fair. On our way back to the Big O we check out a couple of RV parks and then happen upon this lane.

Tough Luck Lane

We turn off, thinking there has to be a story on a street called Tough Luck Lane. Turns out the lane is about 200 feet long. No room for a good story here. Back on the highway we pass Story Lane; nothing there either, then Leisure Lane and finally Sunset Strip Lane. As I recall this short street used to have its own TV series but that was years ago, sadly no artifacts remain. In fact it’s hard to believe it’s the same street.

Most people gaze neither into the past nor the future; they explore neither truth nor lies. They gaze at the television.”
? Radiohead

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