Cathy GuerraAfter the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Deering Estate Foundation to postpone its 16th annual Deering Seafood Festival for more than two years, this beloved event is returning – and this time it promises to be bigger and better. better than ever.
Taking place Sunday, April 10 at the Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay, this award-winning day of “fun in the sun” will delight guests with everything from cooking demonstrations by Miami’s top chefs and delicious cuisine from South Florida restaurants. with live music, a Bahamian Junkanoo parade, boat rides, a beer bar, a dedicated children’s area and more.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to finally be able to welcome our neighbors and friends to the 16th Annual Deering Seafood Festival, which is undeniably one of our most anticipated events of the year,” said Nina Zanella, Executive Director of the Deering Estate. Foundation.
“We have so much to be excited about this year’s festival weekend, starting with a special Chef’s Table on the Bay ‘Mardi Gras’ featuring Chef Dewey Losasso, and we look forward to it. share with the community, board members and generous sponsors, and vendors who never fail to make our events so memorable.
Here’s what guests can expect during the 16th Annual Deering Seafood Festival weekend:
Chef’s Table on the Bay “Mardi Gras”
Prepare these pearls. To kick off the weekend, Deering Estate will host Chef’s Table on the Bay “Mardi Gras” on Friday, April 8, the second iteration of its highly successful Chef’s Table on the Bay “Havana Nights” which debuted in October 2021.
This al fresco dining experience will begin with a cocktail on the lawn presented by Golden Rule Seafood, and continue with cooking demonstrations and a four-course dinner by star chef Dewey Losasso. Currently Executive Chef of Bill Hansen Catering, Losasso’s resume speaks for itself. He was the personal chef of Donatella Versace, he ran the kitchen of the Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar for four years, he was executive chef of the Lipton Tennis Tournament (now the Miami Open), he made a “Coffee , Steak and Eggs Dish” which was named one of the “Best Dishes in the Country” by Esquire Magazine, he has appeared on Food Network’s Chopped and cooked for A-list names like Bill Clinton, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson , Gloria Estefan, Al Pacino and more. To complement Losasso’s meal, Michael Thaler of Breakthru Beverage will provide wine pairings and education for each course and a special after-dinner cocktail for all attendees.
Throughout the night, guests can wander the gardens, enjoy live music, admire the beauty of the Deering Estate, and indulge in great food in great company. It is a stand-alone event during the festival weekend, with tickets priced at $175 per person for members and $200 per person for non-members. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online. All proceeds will benefit the community, conservation and cultural programming of the Deering Estate Foundation.
Food and drink vendors
At the Deering Seafood Festival, patrons will be able to purchase food and beverages from some of South Florida’s finest restaurants and vendors. Participating seafood restaurants include: Golden Rule Seafood, Sports Grill, Catering by Les, Chef Winston Catering, Paella Party, Antigua Barbuda, Popos Seafood, Mr. Cobbs BBQ and Pub Grill. Other food vendors that will delight customers are Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream, Waffle Cabin Miami, and Sugar Boutique.
Eagle Brands will be on hand to sell Michelob Ultra and Stella Artois. For the first time ever, there will be a beer bar provided by Veza Sur, where patrons aged 21 and over can sample Spanglish and Mangolandia beers from the Wynwood-born brewery and a specialty beer cocktail in a shaded area with tables and chairs.
Chef’s demonstration tent
Sponsored by the Deering Estate Foundation, the Chef’s Demonstration Tent is a highlight of the Deering Seafood Festival. It’s where six fabulous South Florida chefs present 45-minute cooking demonstrations of their favorite seafood dishes, many from their restaurant menus. Five demonstrations will be led by chefs from popular Miami restaurants, and the final demonstration will be completed by the winning student of our annual Deering Seafood Festival Culinary Student Competition, taking place at Florida International University (FIU) College of Culinary Arts on Mar 15.
This year, the chef’s demo tent will feature Pablo Zitzman (Zitz Sum, James Beard Award nominee for ‘Best New Restaurant’ in 2022), Jim Pastor (The Rusty Pelican), Cesar Zapata (Phuc Yea), Utpal Dighe (2019 Deering Seafood Festival Culinary Student Competition Winner and owner of Samsara Creations) and Botanico Gin & Cookhouse. Throughout the day, a team of CRF cooking students will serve as sous chefs for those leading the chef’s demonstration, helping them prepare their dish and clean the cooking area.
All cooking demonstrations are free with admission. Audiences are limited to 100 guests per demo and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will be able to taste samples of the food prepared by the chef, obtain a copy of the recipe and have the opportunity to ask him questions.
Entertainment and activities
While Florida’s freshest fish and seafood is always the main event, nonstop entertainment will keep the family dancing all day long. The festival will kick off with a Bahamian band from Junkanoo and stilt walkers from the Virgin Islands parading through Deering Estate, followed by performances from Visions Band FL, Caribbean Crew and Cutler Stew on the main stage.
Guests who want to get out on the water can take guided Pelican Skipper pontoon boat rides (at an additional cost) from Deering Estate to Chicken Key. Back on land, art lovers can stroll down Artists Lane and find handmade paintings, photographs, crafts and jewelry by local artisans.
just for kids
Featured by Kiddos Magazine, the Deering Seafood Festival will feature a “Spring and Easter Shrimp Fun Kids Zone” featuring arts and crafts, a DJ, engaging exhibits, games, adaptive food for children, raffles, a magic show, a playground for toddlers. , a potato sack race and, of course, an appearance by the Easter Bunny. An Easter egg hunt will start at noon, so all children are encouraged to bring their Easter baskets and join in the fun.
Also at the festival, Deering Discovery Cove will return with fun and educational programming and activities drawn from Deering Estate’s environmental classes and camps! These classes attract more than 17,000 children throughout the year, virtually and, more recently, in person.
Health and security
While there are no defined mandates in place, Miami-Dade County is offering recommendations regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Event guests are encouraged to maintain responsible social distancing and wear masks in large crowds and around people who are unvaccinated. They should avoid close contact with other people who are not part of their group. Festival guests are advised to check the Deering Estate website prior to visiting for any COVID advisories.
Festival attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online or by calling 305-235-1668, ext. 263. Adult tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and tickets for children ages 4-14 are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. the door. Ticket prices include park admission and activities, but exclude food, drink, boat rides, and vendor purchases.
Transportation and parking
In addition to on-street and surrounding parking, a free “Park and Ride” will be available for all festival guests at Westminster Christian School and Palmetto Bay Village Center. Shuttles run to and from the site and Deering Estate every 15 minutes. For those wishing to cycle to the festival, a courtesy bike valet will be available from Green Mobility Network.
The 16th Annual Deering Seafood Festival will be held on Sunday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Deering Estate, located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. All proceeds will benefit the Deering Estate Foundation and will be used to fund, advocate and support Deering Estate and its initiatives. For more information on the event, visit www.deeringseafoodfestival.org.
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