Florida Renaissance Festival returns for second conquest

By Jose Boza….

Florida Renaissance Festival guests will enjoy jousting tournaments three times a day.

After a year away from pillaging their village, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella rejoice with joy over regaining their kingdom in Miami as the Florida Renaissance Festival returns for a second conquest at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami.

The Miami festival weekend dates are Jan. 15 to 23, including Monday, Jan. 17, for Martin Luther King Day.

“Last year, we were welcomed with open arms by Miami,” said Bobby Rodriguez, executive producer of the Florida Renaissance Festival. “Now we want to continue the tradition of having the Florida Renaissance Festival in Miami for years to come at Virginia Key Beach Park by our commitment to bringing new and exciting shows every year for our event goers.”

With the Florida Renaissance Festival returning to Miami, along come new and exciting acts combined with last year’s favorites to delight event attendees throughout the festival. These include: Gabriel Q — bizarre and hilarious big puppets and stilt characters that consist of Giant Butterfly, Caterpillar, Baby and The Queen of Hearts on her high white horse and many more.

Faire Stories represents the blending of the magic and enchantment of traditional fairy tales, the joy and exuberance of Broadway music, and the unique interactive experience offered by Renaissance faires.

Peter Suarez, aka “Manolete,” a world-renowned dancer brings his many styles for the Miami show. He had the distinction of being the only dancer ever hired to perform a live solo with the Gipsy Kings at Radio City Music Hall.

The Tortuga Twins are a multi-talented team boasting an extensive performance background with more than 30 years of comedic audience participation and improv experience to entertain all and much more.

This 16th Century production features more than 100 costumed performers, five stages with continuous entertainment and acts from around the world. During the family-themed weekends, guests will enjoy jousting tournaments three times a day, hearty food, human powered rides and games for children that include the World’s Largest Rocking Horse, Giant Chess, Barrel Rides, and games of strength and skill.

The festivities will feature historical reenactments, sword fights, magical illusions and an abundance of authentic fare from freshly made kettle corn to roasted giant turkey legs, which can be washed down with a swig of mead or ale.

The Florida Renaissance Festival is produced by the national, award winning Bobby Rodriguez Productions and strives to create an entertaining and cultural opportunity by making Renaissance history come to life for both children and adults.

The event is hosted by the City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department and Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.

The Florida Renaissance Festival at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park will be open weekends from 10 a.m. to sunset. Prices are $20 for adults and $7 for children ages 6-11 years old; children 5 and under are free. Pre-show discount tickets are available online at <www.ren-fest.com>.

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