Celebrate the New Year at the 39th annual Redland Heritage Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11 and 12, at the Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Ave. in Homestead.
The Redland Heritage Festival, a Fruit & Spice Park-staple event, celebrates the unique heritage and history of the Redland agricultural community. Participating vendors will showcase traditional natural arts and crafts, and nurseries will sell native plants and tropical fruit trees. There also will be a children’s area featuring pony rides, face painting and old time games, as well as a variety of entertainment for everyone.
There will be featured entertainment performing impromptu throughout the park including: “Archibaldo” the Living Statue, old time Bluegrass music by Avocado Estate, the “Amazing Chris” who will dazzle spectators with mind boggling magic, juggling stilt walkers, and live animal shows.
There will be an educational discussion of native Florida wildlife conducted by naturalists from Safari Edventures. The Pioneer Museum will showcase exhibits and lectures by local historians, as well as cooking demos, horticultural demonstrations, and a variety of food and drinks. Admission is $8 per person and children under 11 years of age are admitted free. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.
Fruit & Spice Park, operated by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, 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 park offers daily botanical tours, fruit tasting and naturalist led workshops. For more information, visit <www.fruitandspicepark.org>, or call 305-247-5727.