Third annual Redland Blues and Barbecue Festival, Apr. 20-21

Miami-Dade Parks and Miami-Dade County District 8 Commissioner Lynda Bell present the third annual Redland Blues and Barbecue Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 20 and 21, at the Fruit and Spice Park located at 24801 SW 187 Ave. in Homestead.

Join in lakeside for some tantalizing barbecue and incredible blues and country music. Relax while strolling through the park or spread your blanket and gaze at the sky. A multitude of children’s activities, petting zoo and pony rides will be available, as well as catch and release fishing provided by Miami- Dade Parks EcoAdventures. There also will be an interactive zone sponsored by Homestead Motor Speedway all day on Saturday.

Featured bands performing onstage throughout the day include: “Iko Iko,” “Pit Bull Blues Band,” “The Jay Blues Band,” “Big City Band,” and Shadow Creek. On Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., Thunder Country’s deejay Doug Hitchcock will be remote live on the air for the festivities and barbecue competition.

The sponsors for the third annual Blues and Barbecue Festival include Miami-Dade County District 8 Commissioner Lynda Bell, Budweiser, Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, Community Bank, Thunder Country 100.3, and rib vendors Huckleberry Hillbilly BBQ, Big Pig BBQ, Smok’n Hot Ladies BBQ, M&M Barbecue, and Smoke n’ Spice BBQ.

Additional vendors include fresh roasted corn on the cob, funnel cakes, ice cream, silky smooth milk shakes and fried cheesecake.

Admission is $8 and children under 11 years of age are admitted free. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, call the Fruit and Spice Park at 305-247-5727.

Fruit and 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, or call 305-247-5727.

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