5th annual Redland Fish Fry & Seafood Festival at Fruit & Spice Park
Saturday & Sunday, November 12 & 13, 2016, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the Redland Fish Fry & Seafood Festival returns for its fifth season to Preston B. Bird⁄Mary Heinlein Fruit & Spice Park, located 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead. Bring along family and friends and enjoy delectable local seafood prepared in various styles from around the world, including shrimp, grouper, conch fritters, and crab cakes. There will also be live music and kid’s activities throughout the day.
Admission is $8 for adults and free for children ages 11 and under. For more information, visit the web page or call 305-247-5727.
While you’re there, take in the views of Fruit & Spice Park - the only tropical botanical garden of its kind in the United States. The 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 site includes a walkable garden pond with Japanese koi fish, water lilies and a fountain. Daily botanical tours, fruit tastings and naturalist led workshops are also available.
The park’s gift shop and welcome center, a reconstruction of the 1906 Redland School House, offers visitors a glimpse of southern Miami-Dade’s pioneer days. Here, they can browse historic photos and buy a variety of unique gift items, such as exotic jellies, canned preserves, aromatic teas, unusual seeds, cold fruit juices, and books ranging from cookery to plant propagation.
Visitors can also enjoy a jaunt back in time as they dine at the park’s popular Mango Café, which replicates the Redland’s oldest house, Bauer-Mitchell-Neill House (circa 1902). Open seven-days-a-week, from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., the Café offers a variety of lunch and late afternoon snack options for purchase, such as tasty sandwiches⁄wraps and exotic fruit salads, smoothies⁄shakes and deserts.
About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.
Special Note: Ordinance No. 16-58 • New park rules banning polystyrene (Styrofoam) products in parks & beaches
Beginning July 1, 2017, all polystyrene products (Styrofoam) will be banned in parks and beaches. The ordinance prohibits persons from bringing any polystyrene item onto park property, such as coolers, plates, bowls, cups, lids, to-go containers, cutlery, tableware, boxes, bags, wrappings and others.