Keel & Curley Winery, Keel Farms in Plant City
Published on 03/27/23: Hope everyone had a great weekend! As you plan future weekend activities, keep Keel & Curley Winery on your radar. While friends recommended it to us long ago as a fun ‘family outing’, we only recently visited. I can now vouch firsthand, it’s a winner for all ages and worth the drive 45+- minute drive for something different! 2814 Google Reviews with a 4.6/5 average.
Keel Farms is Child and Pet Friendly
Anyone familiar with locally owned Keel & Curley? The scenic property is child and pet friendly, with much to see, eat, hear, and drink! Colt had a great time on the playground and “driving” the old tractor. We all had a great time visiting with their goats, pigs, and chickens. Plus, there’s a small pond as a backdrop that adds to the farm ambience!
Live Music at Keel & Curley
While the above is great, in addition, we did it all with excellent live music in the background. On this day, the tunes came courtesy of singer-songwriter Kirstie Kraus and Krystal King! (@kirstiekraus & @krystalkingmusic) For Keel & Curley’s live music, think acoustic guitarists, not Motley Crew. After dark, they do occasionally have a DJ, so keep that in mind for weekends! Simply follow their account to stay up to date with upcoming events.
Tours: If you plan ahead, try to take one of their behind-the-scenes tours. They run daily from 12pm-4pm, and last around 45 minutes. $25/person and include a wine tasting. Reserve online.
Wine Tastings: These last approximately 30 minutes and are offered daily inside their Tasting Room. You’ll receive eight small pours of eight different Keel + Curley flavors, along with details of each wine. Reserve online.
U-Pick Strawberries: $5 per container they provide. Availability varies in season so make sure to check with them if you’re focused on u-pick.
Note the tour and wine tasting reservations do not include a dining reservation, book it separately.
Keel & Curley Farms’ Festivals
Here are a few festivals at Keel & Curley to keep on your radar for 2023. For additional details, simply follow Keel & Curley or contact them directly.
Annual Blueberry Festival: April 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th. 10am-3pm. Admission and parking are both FREE. Craft vendors and food trucks onsite each Saturday. Pet friendly.
Watermelon Weekend: June (tbd)
Christmas in July: July (tbd)
Harvest Days: October (tbd)
From Keel Farms’ Website:
“…we’re family friendly. We produce honest, healthy, sustainable, ground to glass products served in a comfortable, family environment. We encourage you to bring your kids and let them roam the farm, pet the animals, and play in our playground. […] Keel Farms is pet friendly. We love to have your leashed, well behaved pups on our patio. We simply ask that you please keep your dog on a short leash and under your control at all times. No dogs sitting on our tables, chairs, or similar surfaces.”
Keel Farms History
All began in 1981, when local landscaper Joe Keel started a 10 acre nursery in Plant City, calling it “Keel Farms”. In time, Joe transitioned to mainly cultivating blueberry plants.
Then in 2003 he used his end of crop blueberries to make wine in his family’s kitchen. These first 10 gallons of blueberry wine resulted in the birth of Keel & Curley Winery!
Fast forward to 2013, Keel Farms Agrarian Ale + Cider was established, producing locally inspired craft beers and ciders.
In 2018, Clay and Carmen Keel took over the company from Clay’s dad, with a goal of making it even more family-friendly with the principles of “quality, sustainability, and community”.
Starting in 2021, Keel & Curley Winery struck distribution agreements statewide in a number of grocery stores!
Today, the farm is 35 acres and includes grass fed cattle, pasture-raised chickens, a peach orchard, blueberries and other produce.
Keel Farms’ Hours:
Hours are subject to change during holidays or farm u-pick dates.
Reservations: This is a small family business with limited capacity and focuses on high quality. To that end, reservations are recommended and for parties of 10 or more, a deposit is required to hold the spot. For 20 or more, you’ll need to reserve through their event team. Plan Your Visit — Keel Farms | Tampa Bay Winery, Brewery and Restaurant
Address: 5202 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City
Email: [email protected]
Google Reviews: 2814 Google Reviews with a 4.6/5 average
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