Media Contact:
James Stribling, Fruit & Spice Park
James.Stribling@miamidade.gov
305-242-7934
Margie Pikarsky, Bee Haven Farm
office@beehavenfarm.com
786-256-6657

5th annual Redland GrowFest at the Fruit & Spice Park - Oct. 15 & 16

A celebration of all local things edible, green, and growing.

MIAMI (September 30, 2016)

Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16, 2016,  9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Redland GrowFest returns for its fifth season to Preston B. Bird/Mary Heinlein Fruit & Spice Park, located 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead. The annual event celebrates all local things edible, green, and growing. Growers offer a bonanza of seedlings, starter plants and native and tropical fruit trees for home or school gardens and food forest projects. Food and artisan vendors feature products made with Redland-Raised ingredients, like the festival's signature jackfruit curry.

Bee Aware! is this year's festival theme, highlighting our pollinators, so essential for many crops.The Tropical Beekeepers Association, this year's event beneficiary, will be on hand to share information about beekeeping from the hobby to the professional level and their educational projects. The club meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Redlands Community Church.

Organic grower and festival organizer Margie Pikarsky, owner of Bee Heaven Farm, believes it's important for folks in the South Florida area to be aware of our diverse local agricultural resources and learn how to take advantage of the unique possibilities our tropical climate offers. The Chefs' Local Cookoff Challenge on Sunday, joined this year by a similar Students' Local Cookoff Challenge on Saturday, asks renowned local chefs and students to get creative with a Mystery Box full of Redland-Raised seasonal crops. Awesome deliciousness results from their inspired dishes!

Lectures and demos throughout the weekend by UF/IFAS/Miami-Dade County Extension agents, 4-H, Master Gardeners, and other local experts will inform growers at all levels - from balcony to backyard growers, urban, small and large farmers.

Event sponsors include Dade County Farm Bureau, Edible South Florida, District 8 Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension, Homestead Hospital, FIU Agroecology Program, Slow Food Miami, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Fresh From Florida/Redland Raised, Bee Heaven Farm and the Fruit & Spice Park.

Admission is $10 cash per person. Advance discounted tickets $8 are available online until Oct 12th at Brown Paper Tickets (shortlink: http://goo.gl/lunqQi ). Children under age 12 are admitted free. Military families can get free tickets at www.VetTix.org. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. For more information and schedule of activities, visit redlandgrowfest.com.

Fruit & Spice Park, operated by Miami-Dade Parks, 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. For more information about Fruit and Spice Park, visit the web page.

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness and Conservation and Stewardship.

Who:
5th annual Redland GrowFest
What:
A celebration of all local things edible, green, and growing
When:
October 15, 2016 — 09:30 a.m. - 04:30 p.m.
Where:
Preston B. Bird/Mary Heinlein Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead
Editor's Note:
Two day event: Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.