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Fruit & Spice Park ready for 7th Annual Redland Seafood Festival

Fun-filled community event celebrates the park's "fruits of re-growth," post Hurricane Irma

MIAMI (October 23, 2017)

After accomplishing a daunting labor of love to recover and re-grow its beloved Preston B. Bird/Mary Heinlein Fruit & Spice Park in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Department invites residents to share in the fruits of its labor at this unique tropical botanical garden, located 24801 SW 187 Avenue in Homestead. 

Come out to the park and join in the family-style fun, lakeside on Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19, 2017, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., as the parks hosts the widely-popular Redland Seafood Festival. Now in its seventh season, the event features all types of delectable seafood options, ranging from Thai and Caribbean-style to ceviche and fish tacos, and everything in between! funnel cakes, ice cream, kettle corn, shaved ice, beer, and other food and beverage favorites will also be available for purchase.

The event is packed with entertainment by live local bands, as well as fun kids’ activities, including a Miami Marlins interactive zone, pony rides, and a fishing zone.  This year’s featured bands will include: “Jay Blue Band” (Blues/Rock), “Scott Kirby Duo” (Coastal-inspired Folk Rock), “The Rodeo Clowns” (Modern Country Rock), and “Shadow Creek” (Classic Rock/Country).

Miami-Dade Parks presents the 7th annual Redland Seafood Festival in conjunction with these sponsors: Budweiser, Miami Marlins, Thunder County 100.3, Tropical Fruit and Vegetable Society of the Redland, and Walker Entertainment.

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.

All are invited to 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 40 lush acres in the agricultural Redland. Relax on a blanket or stroll through the park. The site includes a walkable garden pond with Japanese koi fish, water lilies and a fountain. Daily botanical tours, fruit tasting, and naturalist led workshops are also available.

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:
Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Department
What:
7th Annual Redland Seafood Festival
When:
November 18, 2017 — 10:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.
Where:
Preston B. Bird/Mary Heinlein Fruit & Spice Park
24801 SW 187 Ave.
Homestead
Editor's Note:
Two-day event: Sat. and Sun., Nov. 18 and 19, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. -- Lots of great photo/interview opportunities with the park’s re-grow efforts spotlighted and guests enjoying seafood, live local bands, fun kids' activities like Miami Marlins interactive zone, pony rides, fishing zone, and more!