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For Immediate Release:
February 18, 2014
Media Contact:
Sheila Stieglitz
sheilaspr@bellsouth.net
305-662-2359

Cathy Guerra
ferrec@miamidade.gov
305-235-1668

The Deering Seafood Festival celebrates a Decade of Fun


(MIAMI, February 18, 2014) – Get ready to party! The team behind this year’s Deering Seafood Festival have planned a non-stop island celebration in honor of their 10th anniversary, complete with delicious catch from the waters of the world, a fun-filled kids’ adventure called “10 Leagues Under the Sea,” stilt walkers, a Junkanoo musical parade and on-going live entertainment. It all takes place on Sunday, March 30th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the historic Deering Estate at Cutler located at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue.

Florida’s freshest fish and seafood are always the main event. The top ten restaurants and caterers lining Seafood Alley are: Golden Rule Seafood Market, Whole Foods Market, Devon Seafood + Steak, Black Point Ocean Grill, Imlee, Shibui Japanese Restaurant, Iggy’s Street Wok, Rodbender’s, Paella Party and the unique Caribbean flavors from Fancy Loaf Antigua Association. Shrimp, oysters, conch, crab and all types of fish will be steamed, grilled or fried to please every palate. For land lovers, Sports Grill is on hand with their famous wings and burgers.

Under the big top tent is an All-Star line up of alumnae chefs conducting cooking demonstrations. Returning for their command performances are executive chefs Jouvens Jean (Pierre’s at Morada Bay), Kareem Anguin (Oceanaire Seafood Room), Samir Canaan (Truluck’s Seafood Steak and Crab House), Damian Gilchrist (Ocean Reef Club) and a crowd-favorite Chef Sean Bernal. Joining the local celebrity chefs is this year’s winner of the Johnson & Wales Student Seafood Competition, Liam Gove, a sophmore from Beverly, Massachusetts, whose recipe contains ‘10’ ingredients. 

The Seafood Festival offers entertainment for all ages. Kids will enjoy the monstrous hands-on activities in “10 Leagues Under the Sea,” created by the Deering Estate’s Educational and Interpretive Staff. Part scavenger hunt and part scientific exploration, boys and girls seek to find sea creatures whose habitats can be found in various levels of the ocean.  For the less intrepid, the Lil’ Shrimp Kids Zone is filled with unlimited fun on inflatables, and when hunger strikes, there is a menu with kid-friendly food.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 30th and experience the 10th annual Deering Seafood Festival. You won’t want to miss the fun with continuous live entertainment featuring the island groove of the steel drummers, Bushwood Band and Caribbean Crew plus rock ‘n roll music to close out the day with Been There Done That. Enjoy pontoon boat rides to Chicken Key, an Artist Village and tours of the historic estate.

The cost is: Adults $15 in advance online or $25 the day of the event, Children 4-14 years $5, and Foundation Members Free, which includes park entrance and all activities, excluding food, drink, pontoon rides and rock wall, from 10 am-6 pm. For more information call 305.235.1668 ext. 263 or log on to: www.deeringseafoodfestival.org.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Deering Estate Foundation and are used for preservation and programming.

About the Deering Estate at Cutler
The Deering Estate at Cutler, a Miami-Dade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue in Miami. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 am & 3:00 pm. Natural areas tours are offered daily at 12:30 pm (October – May). EcoAdventure Tours are also offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate's educational and cultural programs, please visit www.deeringestate.org.

About the Deering Estate Foundation
The Deering Estate Foundation is a community-based charitable 501(c) 3 Florida Corporation that was founded in 1989 by members of our community. Join in their efforts by becoming a member as they work to gain national recognition of this community treasure, while preserving and sustaining Florida’s natural habitats and rich history for future generations.  For more information, please visit www.deeringestate.org.