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15th annual Wine on Harvest Moon at the Deering Estate

Akubekhule! A Culinary Safari through South Africa

MIAMI (September 21, 2016)

The Deering Estate Foundation’s annual Wine on Harvest Moon celebration is back again this year with the tantalizing theme of Akubekhule! A Culinary Safari Through South Africa, on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  The event, now in its 15th year, takes place at the Deering Estate located at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue in Palmetto Bay.

Foodies, oenophiles and art lovers will spend an enchanting evening under the moonlight at the historic bayfront estate reveling in the provocative tastes, sights and sounds of a mysterious continent where people, wildlife and culture collide. Sip crisp, regional wines while enjoying musical and theatrical vignettes, which will exceed your wildest expectations! Sway to the drums while savoring the diversity of flavors served up by Miami's top local chefs, and practice saying "Akubekhule," which means "cheers" in Zulu, one of the country’s 11 national languages.

Woven into the evening's festivities is an exciting high-end live auction, emceed by golfer Wayne Gary Player, co-creator of The Disney Institute Golf Experience, co-host of the Golf Channel's "On the Range" and son of world champion golfer, South African Gary Player. The auction will include a once-in-a-lifetime golf experience with Wayne and Gary Player in South Africa, and will be available for preview on the Wine on Harvest Moon (WOHM) event website.

South Africa has a long history of growing fine wines, dating back more than 500 years, but in the last two decades, an entirely new wine industry has emerged, led by a group of young, innovative winegrowers and winemakers, including Francois Bezuidenhout, of Stark-Condé and M.A.N. wines, who will be in attendance at the event.

Presented by Wine Sponsor Crown Wine, Spirits & Gourmet, and procured by wine buyer and official WOHM sommelier Veronica Litton – honored last year as a top eight "Market Watch Leader" – the South African wines in the spotlight come from different wine growing towns and regions: Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paal, Hemel-en-Aarde and Constantia. 

"I’m extremely excited about the South African wines our guests will taste," Litton said. "We will have Stark Conde Cabernet Sauvignon, Chamonix Red and Chamonix Chardonnay, Constantia Glenn Sauvignon Blanc, Southern Right Pinotage, Mulderbosch Rose of Cabernet, and M.A.N., which takes its name from three fabulous women: Marie, Annette and Nicky."

Talented local chefs will work their magic to create culinary delights that match the night’s theme, thanks to Culinary Arts Sponsor Celebrity Cruises. Some of the food masters include Anacapri, Chef Erik Conaway of Brio Tuscan Grille, Catering by Les, Chef Aaaron Drielinger of Chef David Schwadron Catering, Chef Drew Thomason of Devon Seafood + Steakhouse, Chef Jason Jeneson of Kona Grill, Chef David Lesser of Munch Thyme, Chef Miguel Antonio Gomez Fernández of Pisco y Nazca, Chef Terrance Daniel of Red Fish Grill, Chef Ralph Colon of Station 5 Miami, and delectable desserts by Chef Olivier Rodriguez of the Biltmore Hotel. Chef Jouvens Jean, winner of Food Network's "Chef Wanted" and "Cutthroat Kitchen," will also be on hand, as well as coffee to top off the evening, sponsored by Starbucks.

Concurrently, thanks to the evening's Visual Arts Sponsor, Land Rover South Dade, the art display will reference the 11 official languages of South Africa. Titled "Eleven Voices," the exhibit aims to incite a conversation about cultural struggle, memory and identity among contemporary artists. Co-curators Kim Yantis, of the Deering Estate, and Rosie Gordon-Wallace, founder and curator of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, have selected works that reflect thematic inspirations from South African art and culture.

Renowned South African artists as well as local artists of many origins will be presented through multidisciplinary works on special loan from the collections of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI), the Petra Mason Collection of South African Art, and the Fountainhead Residency's collectors Kathryn and Dan Mikesell. Many of these works, from emerging to established artists, will be on view for the first time in Miami. The exhibit will be on view from October 8 through November 26. Coconut Grove Bank is the fete’s Cultural Arts Sponsor.

Deering Estate Foundation board member Howard Tendrich, event chairman for the ninth year, is elated to honor and enjoy the fine food, fine wine and fine art of South Africa. "Wine on Harvest Moon has become the Foundation's signature fundraising event," says Tendrich. "The awareness, attention and, of course, net proceeds raised, afford the Foundation the ability to support the Estate's cultural & educational programs, historic preservation and environmental conservation efforts, key to fulfilling our mission." 
                             
Wine on Harvest Moon takes place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Deering Estate located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue in Palmetto Bay. Capacity is limited, and attendees must be 21 or over. Tickets are $150 for Deering Estate Foundation members and $175 for non-members. For tickets or further information, call 305-235-1668 x 266 or visit www.WineOnHarvestMoon.org.

About The Deering Estate Foundation
Established in 1989, The Deering Estate Foundation is a community-based charitable 501(c) 3 Florida Corporation and the philanthropic arm of the Deering Estate.  Its 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, environmental conservation and historic 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 Historic House tours, 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.
 
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