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For Immediate Release:
December 22, 2012

Media Contact:
Cathy Guerra

Redland Heritage Festival Returns to the Fruit & Spice Park for its 37th Year


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Celebrate the New Year at the 37th annual Redland Heritage Festival, January 21-22, 2012, at the Fruit & Spice Park located at 24801 SW 187th Avenue in Homestead.

The Redland Heritage Festival, a Fruit & Spice Park-staple event, celebrates the unique heritage and history of the Redland drawing crowds in the thousands. Participating vendors will showcase traditional natural arts & crafts, nurseries selling native plants and tropical fruit trees, a children's area featuring pony rides, face painting, and "Water Walking" as well as a variety of entertainment for the young and old alike.

Featured entertainment performing both onstage and impromptu throughout the park include: Renowned fiddler James Kelly performing traditional Irish music, as well as the Natural Selections of South Florida, with host Joseph Wasilewski conducting live animal shows and an educational discussion of native Florida wildlife. Animals featured include alligators, crocodiles, venomous and non-venomous snakes, snapping turtles, and other exotic creatures.
Admission is $8 per person and children under 12 years of age are admitted free. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. For more information, please call the Fruit & Spice Park at 305-247-5727

The Fruit & Spice Park, operated by Miami-Dade Park & Recreation Department, grows more than 500 varieties of sub-tropical fruits, herbs, spices, vegetables and nuts from around the world on 39 lush acres in the agricultural Redland. The park offers daily botanical tours, fruit tasting and naturalist led workshops.

Miami-Dade Parks, a three-time National Gold Medal Award (AAPRA and NRPA) winner, Florida Governor's 2009 Sterling Award winner, and an accredited agency, is the third largest park system in the United States, consisting of 262 parks and more than 12,668 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the nation.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises after-school, sports-development and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; arts and culture programs and events; environmental restoration efforts; Miami MetroZoo and Deering Estate; Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; and more.  The Miami-Dade Parks mission is to create outstanding recreational, natural and cultural experiences to enrich you and to enhance our community for this and future generations.

Who: Redland Fruit & Spice Park

What:37th annual Redland Heritage Festival

When: January 21, 2012, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Where:Fruit & Spice Park
24801 SW 187th Avenue
Homestead, FL



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