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Deering Seafood Festival announces featured chefs, nonstop entertainment and activities for the kids

MIAMI ( March 14, 2019 )

More than 8,500 people are expected to converge upon the historic, 450-acre Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay for the 15th Annual Deering Seafood Festival on Sunday, March 31.  A nonstop celebration of nature's beauty and bounty, the award-winning festival is renowned for its cornucopia of culinary delights, featuring delicious catches from the sea, chef demonstrations, live entertainment and activities for children of all ages.

The festival takes place on Sunday, March 31, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Deering Estate located at 16701 S.W. 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. Proceeds benefit the Deering Estate Foundation and are used to provide funding, advocacy and support of this American treasure.

Named by the Greater Miami Festival and Events Association as "Best Event of the Year" for the past two years, the Deering Seafood Festival is also the only one-day festival to be recognized among the Top 10 Events for eight consecutive years by BizBash Magazine. 

One of the highly anticipated highlights of the festival is the chef demonstrations taking place throughout the day. Five chefs from popular South Florida restaurants plus the winner of a student competition held at Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts on March 7 will conduct cooking demonstrations featuring local Florida seafood. Throughout the day, Johnson & Wales culinary students will assist the chefs in food preparation, serving and cleanup.

Sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Cutler Bay, each cooking demo is limited to just 100 people, on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will enjoy samples of the food prepared by each chef and receive a copy of the recipe, and they will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A with each chef. 

Chef demonstrations

11:15 a.m.: Angel Leon, Executive Chef, Seaspice, Miami.

12:15 p.m.: Stanley Miller, Executive Chef, Lightkeepers at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne.

1:15 p.m.: Demetrios Pyliotis Executive Chef, Poseidon Greek Boutique Restaurant, Miami Beach.

2:15 p.m.: Giorgio Rapicavoli, Owner/Executive Chef, Eating House, Coral Gables; Glass and Vine, Coconut Grove.

3:15 p.m.: Abel Veulens, Executive Chef, Isabelle's Grill Room and Garden at the Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove.

4:15 p.m.: Utpal Dighe, Winner of Johnson & Wales Culinary Competition.

Live entertainment

While Florida's freshest fish and seafood are always the main event, nonstop entertainment sponsored by Shield Pest Control takes place throughout the day on the main stage. It's a day of family fun, dancing and grooving to the tunes of Visions Band FL, Caribbean Crew, and Mr. Nice Guy, along with the world-renowned Bahamian Junkanoo and Virgin Island stilt walkers who will be weaving through the crowd.

Activities for the kids

The Deering Seafood Festival offers activities that are both fun and educational for children of all ages, including Deering Discovery Cove, with fun, educational programming that incorporates interactive event stations that highlight the Deering Estate’s ongoing, hands-on environmental education programs and camps that serve more than 17,000 children annually. 

For the younger ones, the Li'l Shrimp Kids Zone sponsored by Pat Brockway provides unlimited play on inflatables as well as creative activities and a kid friendly menu for when hunger strikes. Ongoing activities include rock climbing as well as the Pelican Skipper pontoon boat rides to Chicken Key. And, Artists Lane will feature paintings, photography, crafts and jewelry by local artisans.


Free Park and Ride is available at Westminster Christian School and Palmetto Bay Village Center, with continuous shuttle-bus service to the Estate. For those wishing to pedal to the festival, a courtesy bike valet is offered through Green Mobility Network. 


Adults $20 in advance, $25 at the gate; children 4-14 years of age $7 in advance, $10 at the gate. Ticket includes park entrance and activities, excluding food, drink, pontoon rides and rock wall.

Purchase tickets online or call 305-235-1668, ext. 263. For more information, visit This event sells out, so get your tickets early or become a member of the Deering Estate Foundation and enjoy free admission!

Deering Seafood Festival is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

"None of this would be possible without the generous support of our valued sponsors," said Larissa Siegel Lara, Executive Director of the Deering Estate Foundation. Special thanks to Mercedes Benz of Cutler Bay, Shield Pest Control, Eric's Contender Boat Sales, Eric's Outboard Marine Service, Shakalife, Golden Rule Seafood, Sports Grill, UBS, Pat Brockway, Landshark Premium Lager, Antigua and Barbuda, Bloomingdale's, Christ Fellowship, Christina's Party Rental, CMC Claim Consultants, Costco, DeValdivielso Team, European Collision Center, Miami-Dade County District 8 Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, GFS, Heritage House, Sandy McCarthy, McLuskey, McDonald & Hughes, P.A., Morris & Reynolds Insurance, Old Cutler Presbyterian Church, Palmer Trinity School, Prestige Windows & Doors, Sunstate Bank, Trinity Air Conditioning, Waste Management and Village of Palmetto Bay.

Media sponsors: Miami Herald Media Company, Community Newspapers, iHeart Radio, Diario Las Americas, New Times, DiningOut Miami, Lifestyle Media Group, Kiddos Magazine, Thunder Country 100.3 FM, SUN-103.1 FM, Family Magazine, INYBN, Florida Villager, The Beach Channel’s Eat This. Drink That. Go., Macaroni Kid, Munchkin Fun and Island Origins.

Photos by All Star Event Photography.

About the Deering Estate Foundation
For those who treasure the Deering Estate, who advocate for its preservation, and wish to invest in its future, the Deering Estate Foundation provides opportunities for individuals and corporations alike to partake in membership, signature events, and one-of-a-kind experiences, all in service of providing vital funding and support to Deering Estate. Through these efforts, the Foundation fulfills its mission to uphold the legacy of Charles Deering's cherished, 1920s-era property, to provide funding for the cultural, educational and recreational experiences it offers as well as its significant scientific and archaeological endeavors, to conserve its diverse flora, fauna, and the eight native ecosystems that thrive on its 450 acres, and to ensure its longevity as a prized American heritage site. Established in 1989, The Deering Estate Foundation is a community-based charitable 501(c) 3 Florida Corporation and the philanthropic partner of the Deering Estate.

About the Deering Estate
The Deering Estate preserves the 1920s era Miami estate of Charles Deering, Chicago industrialist, early preservationist, environmentalist, art collector, philanthropist and first chairman of the International Harvester Company. The Deering Estate is a 21st Century house museum, cultural and ecological field station, and a national landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, owned by the State of Florida and managed by Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. From canoe tours to bird walks, and guided museum and natural areas tours, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy!