WEEKI WACHEE — Take a scenic drive on Cortez Boulevard toward Bayport, about 2 miles down the road from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, and on the left you'll see a tiny offbeat bistro called BeckyJack's Food Shack.
Considered by many to be one of the best-kept secrets in Hernando County, it's a foodie haven for locals who stop in for a quick burger and fries, a crunchy fish sandwich and a cold craft brew or two.
But every October, husband-and-wife owners Joe Foster and Kim Curtis like to throw open the doors of their establishment for a day and invite the public to enjoy a down-home outdoor festival they call Weekistock. The event, which kicks off at noon Saturday on the grounds of the restaurant, celebrates, well, nothing and everything, Curtis said.
"It's just a laid-back, homegrown thing," she said. "There's really not a theme or anything. It's just people having a good time with friends and family and enjoying this wonderful area."
Event organizer Ashlee Stringer said Weekistock has grown considerably since its inauguration in 2010. That year, only five vendors showed up. Music was provided by anyone who wanted to sing and play.
"This year, we've lined up about 30 vendors, several artists and craftspeople, four bands, plus some raffles, kids games, even a dog costume contest," Stringer said.
Weekistock isn't just about chilling out, though. Curtis and her husband also encourage nonprofit and civic groups to set up booths to let people know what they do.
"I think it's important to remember that you can have a lot of fun and give something back to the community, too," she said.
Logan Neill can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1435.