Coral Gables

Coral Gables

Merrick House landmark in Coral Gables played host to citrus festival

The Merrick House’s latest “Sundays on the Porch With George” event on Sunday was a sweet and tart affair.

Themed “Solomon’s Fruit Festival,” the emphasis was on the Merrick family patriarch who turned land on what is now Coral Way into a field of grapefruits in 1899, thus ensuring his family’s survival. Son George Merrick went on to found Coral Gables in 1925.

At the free event, Chef and author Allen Susser ( The Great Citrus Book; Ten Speed Press; $16), offered a taste test and lesson on various forms of citrus, including oranges, grapefruits and pomelos. “Bitter is good,” he told a crowd who gathered to sample the aromatic fruit.

The event also offered fruit-tree sales, fruit decorating demonstrations and tours of the main house for a $5 fee that will go toward restoration and upkeep of the local landmark.

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