The “giant cocktail” returns to historic Springfield rock

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Jacksonville’s PorchFest returns Saturday after last year’s “Porch Fest Reimagined” was impacted by a northeasterly.

PorchFest is a musical street party in historic Springfield that brings people together to enjoy live music, delicious local cuisine, and a good time with family and friends.

Last year’s celebration had limited vendors and not a huge crowd turnout.

PorchFest celebrations are held throughout the county, but the Jacksonville celebration didn’t begin until 2014. One of the organizing committee members, Crissie Cudd, thought it would be a good idea to bring it to the Springfield neighborhood since people like to drink wine on their porches. – a feature that makes Springfield homes special.

Attendees listened to various concerts on the porch and watched performances by local students from the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Guitar Ensemble and the Jacksonville Arts Project.

PorchFest attendees enjoying live music (WJXT)

Since its birth, the festival has grown every year.

In 2019, the event drew 25,000 people, and this year Cudd expects attendance to exceed that number.

“I saw so many people I hadn’t seen since before the pandemic. It’s a giant cocktail for us,” Cudd said.

Karlens Ward attended the festivities and said his favorite part of PorchFest was the music.

“It thrills me. I love it here. It’s heaven,” Ward said.

Heather Keller, meanwhile, is enjoying the party from her porch.

“I have lived here for three years. We’re the little street that could do that, and we love living here,” Keller said. “It’s a sense of community. It’s a secret gem.

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