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Redland Blues and BBQ Festival at Fruit and Spice Park, Apr. 5-6

Miami-Dade Parks and Miami-Dade County District 8 Commissioner Lynda Bell present the fourth annual Redland Blues and Barbecue Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 5 and 6, at the Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Ave. in Homestead.

Join in lakeside for some incredible barbecue food along with blues and country music. A multitude of children’s activities, including a petting zoo and pony rides, will be available throughout the day. There also will be an alligator show put on by expert handlers from the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians.

Featured bands performing onstage throughout the day include: Iko Iko, the Jay Blues Band, Shadow Creek, and the Pit Bull Blues Band. 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 fourth annual Redland Blues and Barbecue Festival include Miami-Dade County District 8 Commissioner Lynda Bell, Budweiser, Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, Thunder Country 100.3, South Dade Garden Club, and rib vendors: Huckleberry Hillbilly BBQ, Smok’n Hot Ladies BBQ, M & M Barbecue, Big Pig BBQ, and Smoke n’ Spice BBQ. Additional vendors will include: funnel cakes, ice cream, silky smooth milk shakes and fried cheesecake. Admission is $8 and children under age 11 are admitted free. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call the Fruit and Spice Park at 305-247-5727.

The 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 information, visit <www.fruitandspicepark.org>, or call 305-247-5727.

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