The sold out 12th annual Deering Seafood Festival featured an abundance of fresh seafood & non-stop entertainment
Thousands of residents and visitors filled the Deering Estate to capacity on Sunday, March 20, 2016 for the 12th annual Deering Seafood Festival, now firmly established as a “must attend” celebration of delicious fresh food from the sea, non-stop musical entertainment, live cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, and fun for the entire family.
The skies cooperated and delivered a rain-free atmosphere of culinary celebration on the water for the sell-out crowd. The festivities got underway promptly at 10 a.m. as attendees poured onto the Biscayne Bay property to claim their spots on the large, panoramic waterfront lawn. The sounds of the Caribbean greeted them, with the Bahamas Junkanoo Revue, amazing stilt walkers and Legacy of Steel’s steel drummers parading down the tree-adorned main entrance to the water’s edge, joined by throngs of people dancing beside them.
Lining the main lawn was the pièce de résistance – Seafood Alley presented by Golden Rule Seafood, where a dizzying array of the most delicious catch from the sea could be found – everything from conch salad to oysters on the half-shell, stone crabs, lobster sliders, fried shrimp and much more!
Six of Miami’s best-known chefs took turns demonstrating their favorite recipes before the standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 people under the big top tent in the center courtyard, presented by Whole Foods Market. Offering samples and recipes were:
- Chef Damian Gilchrist from the Ocean Reef Club, who prepared a Bamboo Jambalaya, accompanied by a delicious Hurricane Reef punch;
- Chef David Lesser of Munch Thyme, a farm-to-table meal delivery service, who whipped up Smokey Shrimp & Cauliflower Fluff;
- Chef Joaquin Ortiz of Station 5 Table & Bar in South Miami, who served up Peanut Crusted Wahoo with sweet chili sauce and genmaicha tea rice;
- Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club Executive Chef Luke Livingston, who presented a dish of Deconstructed Shrimp and Smoked Corn Chowder;
- Chef Kareem Anguin, Executive Chef of The Oceanaire Seafood Room, who dazzled the crowd with his trademarked Blue Cobia Ceviche; and
- Chef Chip Davis of Card Sound Golf Club, who demonstrated how to make “New School Grits and Grunts,” an updated version of a Key West favorite.
On the main stage, presented by Palmetto Ford Truck, three energetic bands kept the crowds on their feet: Big Harvest, a Marley-style reggae band with an English-Spanish soul flavor, Caribbean Crew, an award-winning Orlando-based steel drum band and Blackstar, which specializes in favorite cover songs, from Top 40 to lost oldies.
Families made their way to the Li’l Shrimp Kids Zone, where they found inflatables, creative activities and a kid-friendly menu, and the Deering Discovery Cove Adventure, with fun, educational programming that incorporated interactive event stations with microscopes, dissections, touch tanks and art, all geared to teaching the importance of the world's oceans. These activities highlighted the Deering Estate’s ongoing, hands-on Environmental Education Programs and Camps that serve more than 17,000 children annually.
But it didn’t end there! Families also enjoyed a rock-climbing wall, the Pelican Skipper pontoon boat rides to Chicken Key and Artist Lane, featuring unique creations by local artisans.
Proceeds from the Deering Seafood Festival benefit the Deering Estate Foundation and are used for environmental education, preservation and programming. 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.
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