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12th annual Deering Seafood Festival set for Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (December 22, 2015)

Calling all seafood lovers! Put on your sunscreen and bring a hearty appetite for the 12th Annual Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay, one of South Florida’s premier events, which will take place on Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Deering Estate.

Join your friends and the thousands of other neighbors and visitors clamoring to enjoy a day filled with culinary delights and non-stop entertainment.

A celebration renown for delicious catches from the sea, celebrity chefs and fun-filled adventures for the kids, the Festival features Florida’s freshest fish and seafood, with area restaurants and caterers providing sumptuous delights along Seafood Alley presented by Golden Rule Seafood.  Participants include Asian Fusion, Devon Seafood + Steak, Fancy Loaf, Incredible Fish, Paella Party, Rodbenders, Sports Grill and Whole Foods Market. 

Over two tons of ice keeps the thirst-quenching backyard beverages presented by Landshark Lager ice cold and the frozen drink machines humming all day.

Acclaimed chefs from some of South Florida’s finest restaurants host cooking demonstrations throughout the day center courtyard under the big-top tent, presented by Whole Foods Market, while Crown Wine Spirits & Gourmet presents seminars on pairing wine with fish and seafood in Charles Deering’s Prohibition Era Wine Cellar in the historic Stone House.

While Florida’s freshest fish and seafood are always the main event, continuous entertainment presented by Palmetto Ford includes Virgin Island stilt walkers,  Bahamian Junkanoo musical parades and live Caribbean musical performances throughout the Estate.

Named by BizBash magazine as one of the Top 5 Food and Industry events in the southeast U.S., the Deering Seafood Festival offers activities for children of all ages. The Estate’s Educational and Interpretive staff operates Deering Discovery Cove, where kids can experiment and explore.

For the less intrepid, the Li’l Shrimp Kids Zone will provide fun for the younger ones, with unlimited play on inflatables, creative activities, healthy tastings and a kid-friendly menu when hunger strikes.

Ongoing activities include a rock-climbing wall and the Pelican Skipper pontoon boat rides to Chicken Key. Enjoy free tours of the Deering Estate, including self-guided tours, the Nature Tour and a stroll down Artist Lane, featuring unique creations by local artisans.

For those wishing to pedal to the festival, a courtesy bike valet is offered through Green Mobility Network. Free Park and Ride is also available at satellite locations with continuous shuttle-bus service to the Estate.

The festival takes place Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Avenue, in Palmetto Bay (Miami).

Admission: Adults $15 in advance online/ $25 the day of the event; children 4-14 years $5. Deering Estate Foundation members enjoy complimentary admission. Ticket includes park entrance and all activities, excluding food, drink, pontoon rides and rock wall. Proceeds from the event benefit the Foundation and are used for preservation and programming.

For further information, visit www.deeringestate.com/seafood-festival, or call 305.235.1668 ext. 263.

The Deering Seafood Festival is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

About the Deering Estate Foundation
Established in 1989, The Deering Estate Foundation is a community-based charitable 501(c) 3 Florida Corporation and is the philanthropic arm of the Deering Estate. Our Board of Directors, members and volunteers are made up of a diverse group of business and community leaders who are dedicated advocates of the Estate and active supporters of education, research, cultural arts, restoration and preservation!

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to butterfly walks and guided nature hikes, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.

The Deering Estate celebrates 30 years of being on the National Register of Historic Places. #DiscoverMore history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate! For more information, visit www.deeringestate.org.