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6th annual Redland GrowFest!
GrowFest! A celebration of all local things edible, green, and growing
After Hurricane Irma shut down plans for last year’s event, Redland GrowFest! returns for the sixth year to the Fruit & Spice Park October 13 & 14, 2018, from 9:30am-4:30pm. This annual event celebrates all local things edible, green, and growing. Local growers offer a bonanza of seedlings, starter plants and native and tropical fruit trees for home or school gardens and food forest projects. Food and artisan vendors feature products made with Redland-Raised ingredients, and artists display artwork made with local materials or depicting local topics.
Cultivate! is this year’s festival theme. We don’t just cultivate plants – we cultivate ideas, minds, markets, food security, creativity, pollinators, health, terroir… in short, we Cultivate! The Education Fund’s Food Forests for Schools program, this year’s event beneficiary, will be on hand to share information about their great programs that cultivate mind, gardens and healthy food in local schools.
Organic grower and festival organizer Margie Pikarsky, owner of Bee Heaven Farm, believes it’s important for folks in the South Florida area to be aware of our diverse local agricultural resources and learn how to take advantage of the unique possibilities our tropical climate offers. The Chefs’ Local Cookoff Challenge on Sunday, with a similar Amateur Local Cookoff Challenge on Saturday, asks renowned local chefs, students, aspiring chefs and home cooks to get creative with a Mystery Box full of Redland-Raised seasonal crops. Awesome and healthy deliciousness results from their inspired dishes!
Lectures and demos throughout the weekend by UF/IFAS/Miami-Dade County Extension agents, 4-H, Master Gardeners, and other local experts inform growers at all levels – from balcony to backyard growers, urban, small and large farmers.
Event sponsors include Dade County Farm Bureau, Edible South Florida, District 8 Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, District 9 Commissioner Dennis Moss, UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension, Homestead Hospital, FIU Agroecology Program, Slow Food Miami, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bee Heaven Farm, the Fruit & Spice Park, and others.
Advance purchase admission is $10 per person ($12 at gate). A full 2-day pass (*NEW* this year) is $15 ($18 at gate). Tickets available online starting September 1st at Brown Paper Tickets (shortlink: https://bit.ly/2PsfITu ). Free for children under 10 years of age. Military families and first responders can get free tickets at www.VetTix.org or 1stTix.org. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. For current information and schedule of activities, visit redlandgrowfest.com.
WHO: 6th annual Redland GrowFest!
Call 305-247-8650 or visit RedlandGrowFest.com to contact festival organizers at least 7 days in advance of event to request materials in accessible format, a sign language interpreter and for information on access for persons with disabilities.