Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Coronado Floral Association’s Annual Spring Fling Steps Back in Time to the Roaring 20’s

Imagine being transported to the 1920’s and spending an evening under the stars, with live music, dancing and great food all while you meander among a beautiful garden setting with blooms all around you. Founded in April during the prohibition and flapper era, the Coronado Flower Show is an annual event that celebrates the beauty and wonderment of spring, during which residents and businesses spruce up their gardens and storefronts for the annual prize.

This year, the Coronado Floral Association (CFA) is celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the flower show and its annual Saturday night party in Spreckels Park in grand style. This year’s Spring Fling is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The theme, “Flappers and Flowers,” will pay homage to the Roaring 20’s and will feature live music and entertainment and food and drink from local vendors.

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The Spring Fling first developed as a thank you dinner for CFA supporters but over time, it has grown and become the association’s only fundraiser. The annual party offers guests a chance to mix and mingle with the community and give back to the floral association.

“We’ll be under the tents, under the stars, it will be wonderful,” said Melissa Gonsenheim, one of this year’s event coordinators.

Spring Fling guests will enjoy dancing under the gazebo while listening to live entertainment by two local bands. More than 25 local food vendors will be onsite, offering a taste of their best dishes and seasonal creations, including Tartine, Candelas, Saiko Sushi and more. Coronado Brewing Company will host a beer garden and international wines will also be offered courtesy of Tartine. An after party will be hosted at Candela’s for those with tickets to the Spring Fling. Admission is 21 and over and tickets are available for purchase online at

Raffle drawings will also be held, offering guest the chance to win a variety of prizes from local businesses, including the Hotel Marisol’s “staycation” package.

The Coronado Floral Association is the oldest institution in Coronado and the annual flower show is the largest tented flower show in the United States. It will be held this year on April 18th and 19th in Spreckels Park. The event hosts floral exhibitors from all over San Diego County to showcase roses, floral arrangements and plants. The children’s section features floral arrangements, seed plate designs and the popular “Zoo’s Who” section of fruit and vegetable creatures.

Membership information can be found on the CFA’s website. A CFA general membership allows for 2 adults to join the CFA and receive complimentary admission into the annual flower show (normally $10). Additionally, each registered Family Member will receive an invitation to CFA’s three dinner events, including the annual Spring Fling.

Potential restaurant, businesses and sponsors who wish to participate in the CFA Spring Fling can apply for vendor consideration at flappersandflowers2015@gmail and complete the appropriate forms.

Spring Fling tickets are limited and can be purchased online. Tickets are $40 for CFA members (limit 2 tickets per member) and $65 for non-members.

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Mary Douglas

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