Redland Heritage Festival returns to Fruit and Spice Park, Jan. 12-13

Celebrate the New Year at the 38th annual Redland Heritage Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12 and 13, 2013 at the Fruit and Spice Park located at 24801 SW 187 Ave. in Homestead.

The Redland Heritage Festival, a Fruit and 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 “Water Walking” as well as a variety of entertainment for everyone.

Featured entertainment performing both onstage and impromptu throughout the park include: “Archibaldo” the Living Statue, “Old Fashioned” music with Ed and Geraldine Birbaum, and the “Amazing Chris” who will dazzle spectators with mind boggling magic and storytelling. Live animal shows and an educational discussion of native Florida wildlife will be conducted by naturalists from Zoo Miami. Animals featured include exotic birds, reptiles, snapping turtles, and other incredible creatures.

Admission is $8 per person and children under 12 years of age are admitted free. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.For more information, call the Fruit and Spice Park at 305-247-5727.

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 online at www.fruitandspicepark.org or call 305- 247-5727.

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