Every Monday night at the Arts Park in Young Circle in Hollywood, Florida there is an event called The Food Truck Invasion. One visit, and you will be certain why they call it an “Invasion” as I had no idea this many food trucks existed in South Florida! The trucks are lined up around the circle and many people were wandering around sampling their menus and enjoying being outdoors for the evening. The event included DJs and there was a big screen showing a Gordon Ramsay show. The center of the park is a great place to relax and people brought blankets and chairs and were also strolling around and sitting by the large fountain. As you stroll around, you can’t help noticing the Baobab Trees which are also known as Upside-Down Trees. There are several in this park and I had been meaning to photograph them for several months. They happen to be blooming right now and the huge, white flowers were attracting just as many flies as the food trucks were attracting humans! If you see Baobab Trees when they aren’t blooming or when they don’t have leaves, you will understand why they are called “Upside-Down.” They have enormously fat trunks and their branches resemble giant root systems as if they had been uprooted and then replanted incorrectly. Native to Africa, they are also referred to as the Tree of Life because they can store so much water in their branches, roots, and trunks that people and animals have survived from drinking their water. Their leaves and seeds are also edible and have medicinal uses as well. They are very slow growing but may live for thousands of years. Hollowed out trunks have served as homes, prisons, bars, bus stops, etc. and a fantastic specimen can also be seen at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden if you happen to be in Miami. Being able to incorporate unusual and fascinating plants and trees makes landscaping in South Florida so much fun!
Here’s your chance to experience various countries without leaving South Florida! The cultures of many European countries including Italy, Spain, Romania, Greece, and Germany will be represented at this three day festival at the ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood on November 4-6. Activities and features include European cuisine, interactive games, face painting, live bands, inflatables, obstacle courses and more! There will be an award winning Celtic band from Colorado performing as well as Latin Bands. The Europa Band will also be performing their high energy German and International music.
While you’re in Young Circle, be sure to check out their amazing, huge Baobab trees! These trees are also called “Upside Down Trees” because they look like they have been planted upside down, especially when they have no leaves. Mature Baobab trees can have trunk diameters up to 36′!