16th Annual Deering Seafood Festival

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  Seafood Lover, Rejoice!

Postponed Until  Sunday, October 18th, 2020 at Deering Estate



As the community deals with the public health threat of COVID-19, in an abundance of caution, the Deering Seafood Festival scheduled for March 29th and Chef’s Table on the Bay scheduled for March 27th at the Deering Estate is postponed until October 18th. Information regarding tickets purchased for these events has been emailed directly to ticket buyers and can also be found on the Deering Estate website. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

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More than 8,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Deering Seafood Festival, held at the Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay. This family-friendly event is a non-stop celebration of nature’s beauty and bounty, filled with plenty of fresh seafood, chef demos, live entertainment and activities for the kids. All proceeds benefit the Deering Estate Foundation, to raise awareness and support programming for community, conservation and culture. Tickets sell out fast, so save money by purchasing tickets in advance.

The Deering Seafood Festival has been recognized as the Best Event of the Year by the Greater Miami Festival and Events Association and is the only one-day festival to be recognized among the Top 10 Events for eight consecutive years by BizBash Magazine.

A new and exciting event to kick off the festival this year is the Chef’s Table on Friday, March 27 at 7 pm.  This is a 3-course dining experience curated and prepared by chefs Cindy and Ashley Hutson from Ortanique, the celebrated restaurant in Coral Gables. They will demonstrate how to prepare the meal, which will then be paired with select wines and cocktails for the guests to enjoy. For tickets and information: 305-235-1668, ext 272.

Foodies flock to this culinary extravaganza, which is custom-made for seafood lovers, featuring fresh catches from local restaurants and thirst-quenching drinks along Seafood Alley sponsored by Golden Rule Seafood.

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When not diving into a plethora of seafood selections, guests may enjoy the chef demonstrations, with celebrated chefs from South Florida restaurants, plus the winner of the Johnson & Wales Student Culinary Competition. The chef demos take place throughout the day under the tent over the Deering Estate’s historic courtyard, and each cooking demo is limited to just 100 people on a first come, first served basis.  Chefs will show off their skills as they present their favorite seafood recipes using the freshest of ingredients. This is the time for guests to interact with the chefs and learn how to prepare delicious seafood dishes. Each attendee will receive a copy of the recipe and a free entry for a raffle.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT – While Florida’s freshest fish and seafood are always the main event, non-stop entertainment takes place throughout the day on the main stage sponsored by Shield Pest Control. It’s a day of family fun, dancing and grooving to live bands all day long, along with the world-renowned Bahamian Junkanoo and Virgin Island stilt walkers weaving throughout 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, creative activities and a kid-friendly menu when hunger strikes. Ongoing activities include a rock-climbing wall and the Pelican Skipper pontoon boat rides to Chicken Key, as well as Artists Lane, featuring paintings, photography, crafts and jewelry by local artisans.

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

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.

Special Thanks to Sponsors:
Eric’s Contender Boat Sales, Eric’s Outboard Marine Service, European Collision Center, Golden Rule Seafood, Shaka Kai, Shield Pest Control, Sports Grill, McCluskey, McDonald & Hughes, Baptist Health South Florida, CMC Claim Consultants, Greenberg Traurig, Kaufman Rossin, Mercedes Benz of Cutler Bay, Morris & Reynolds Insurance, Palmer Trinity School, Prestige Windows & Doors, Proactive Claims Adjusters
The Keyes Company and Village of Palmetto Bay.

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

The Deering Seafood Festival takes place on March 29, 2020 10 am – 6 pm at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave., Palmetto Bay 33157. Tickets for the Deering Seafood Festival are $20 in advance/ $25 at the gate for adults; $7 in advance/ $10 at the gate for children age 4 to 14. The event is free for Deering Estate Foundation members. For more information on the event, call 305.235.1668, ext. 263 or visit www.DeeringSeafoodFestival.org.

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 the Deering Estate. Through these efforts, the foundation fulfills its mission to uphold the legacy of Charles Deering’s cherished1920s-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, Inc. is a community-based charitable 501(c)3 Florida Corporation and the philanthropic partner of the Deering Estate.  DeeringEstate.org/Foundation.

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 kayak tours to butterfly/bird walks and guided museum tours, the Deering Estate has a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy! For more information, visit www.DeeringEstate.org.

To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters and/or any accommodations to participate in any Miami-Dade Parks-sponsored program or meeting, contact Mary Palacios at Mary.Palacios@miamidade.gov, 305-755-7848, at least seven days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).