Media Contact:
James Stribling. Fruit & Spice Park
James.Stribling@miamidade.gov
305-242-7934

Finger-lick'n-good barbeque and live blues bands returning to Fruit & Spice Park, April 22 & 23

MIAMI (April 10, 2017)

If you love all-things barbeque, get your bibs and bellies ready, as the Redland Blues & Barbecue Festival is returning for its seventh season, Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, 2017, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at Preston B. Bird⁄Mary Heinlein Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead.

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, who presents the annual event, is bringing in the grill-masters lakeside for some tantalizing BBQ, incredible blues music and other family-style entertainment. In addition, there will be food vendors selling other festival treats, including seafood, chicken and brisket.

Relax while strolling through the park or spread your blanket and enjoy the scenery. There will be a Classic car & Motorcycle Cruise–in, a Nascar Interactive Area, kids’ activities and live alligator shows by expert handlers at the Everglades Alligator Farm.
 
Featured bands performing onstage throughout the weekend will include: Jacob Reese Thornton, The Wynwoods, Jay Blue Band, PJ Aviles, and Juke. 

The sponsors for the 7th annual Redland Blues & Barbecue Festival include: Miami-Dade County, Budweiser, Thunder Country 100.3FM, Islamorada Beer Company, and Homestead Miami Speedway.

Festival admission is $8 per person and children age 11 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.  
Admission: $8; kids 11 and under are free.

For additional information on event, call Fruit & Spice Park at 305-247-5727 and visit the website.

Fruit & Spice Park is 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.

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 and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness and Conservation and Stewardship. 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.

Who:
Fruit & Spice Park
What:
7th annual Redland Blues & Barbecue Festival
When:
April 22, 2017 — 10:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.
Where:
Preston B. Bird/Mary Heinlein Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead
Editor's Note:
Lot of great photo opportunities for this two-day event: Live local blues bands, Classic car & Motorcycle Cruise–in, a Nascar Interactive Area, kids’ activities, live alligator shows and more!