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Fairchild’s Edible Garden Festival
Fairchild’s Edible Garden Festival

Note: This event has already taken place. If you are interested in learning about current and upcoming Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Events, click here.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2013 - Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Join us for a weekend full of delicious food, cooking demonstrations from South Florida’s most loved chefs, gardening demonstrations, edible garden workshops, lectures and tours, hands-on educational activities and more.  

And don’t miss our fall inspired activities! Including, our annual Scarecrow Competition and Pumpkin Patch and the Fall Beer Garden!  Click here to enter our Scarecrow Competition.

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Location: South Florida Butterfly Garden Tent


11:00 a.m.      Grafting Techniques: Learn how to Multiply your Fruit Trees
                          Noris Ledesma, FTBG 

   1:00 p.m.      Food Forest Design for the Home Garden
                          Erica Klopf, Florida Edible Landscaping 

    2:00 p.m.     The Fall Container Garden-Companion Planting
                          Alexis D'Orsi, Taskease 

    3:00 p.m.     Introduction to Permaculture
                          Mario Yanez, Earth Learning


 11:00 a.m.      Pruning your Fruit Trees
                           Richard Campbell, Ph.D, FTBG

    1:00 p.m.     Beekeeping: Taking Care of the Pollinators in your Garden
                           Bob Brennan, FTBG 

    2:00 p.m.     Edible Greens All Year in South Florida
                          Dylan Terry, Ready-to-Grow Gardens 

    3:00 p.m.     Introduction to Permaculture
                          Mario Yanez, Earth Learning

Walking Tours of the Edible Garden

Join us both days of the festival for a walking tour of our Edible Garden, tours begin at the entrance of the Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavillion at  11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.  

Bee Talk with Georgia Tasker

Join Georgia Tasker on Saturday only at the Demonstrations Tent near the Edible Garden for Bee Talk at 12:00 p.m.

Chef Demonstrations, Sponsored by Whole Foods Market

Location: Earth Learning Mobile Kitchen near Cycad Circle


12:30 p.m.    Pumpkin Honey Crisp Apple Prosciutto Panini and Pumpkin Mousse
                        Chef Derek Hernandez, Whole Foods Market Coral Gables

  1:30 p.m.     Miraculous Moringa Pumpkin Risotto
                        Chef Aaron Dreilinger, Earth Learning


11:30 a.m.    Vegan Butternut Squash Soup
                        Chef Loren Pulitzer, Meals that Heal

12:30 p.m.     Butternut Squash Risotto ; Fall Harvest Salad with Creamy Sunflower Dressing and Raw Pear and Pumpkin Porridge
                        Healthy Eating & Green Mission Specialist Camille Lamb 
                        Whole Foods Market Coral Gables

  1:30 p.m.     Miraculous Moringa Pumpkin Risotto
                        Chef Aaron Dreilinger, Earth Learning                 

Earth Learning Workshops

Location: Earth Learning Mobile Kitchen near Cycad Circle

Join Earth Learning for these workshops on Saturday and Sunday!

2:30 p.m.     Mayan Spinach or Chaya
                      Aaron Dreillinger, Earth Learning

3:30 p.m.     Holy Basil
                      Aaron Dreillinger, Earth Learning


Fairchild Farm Smoothies and Fruit Market 

Join us at our Edible Garden for refreshing smoothies made from fruit from our Fairchild Farm living collections. We will also have honey and seasonal fruits from our Farm.


Fall Beer Tasting Garden

Location: Cycad Vista 

Join us all weekend starting at 11:00 a.m. for samples of seasonal brews from  Whole Foods Market, Gold Coast Beverage and more!   Whole Foods Market will be sampling an assortment of Sam Adams' Fall Beers.  New Belgium will be sampling Sunshine Wheat, Fat Tire, Ranger and Accumulation.  Brown Distribution Company  will be sampling Terrapin, Duvel, Ommegang, Woodchuck and Magners! Also come by and try B.R.E.W. FIU!

Yoga with Rina Yoga

Join Rina Yoga on Sunday at the Palmetum for classes fit for all levels that will strengthen and stretch the body and mind for overall wellbeing.

11:00 a.m. Yoga with Rina Yoga
  1:00 p.m. Super Yogis Kids Class


Gardens are attractive not only to people but also to Pollinators! Through hands-on exploration learn about the many pollinators that visit our edible gardens that help us produce the delicious food we love to eat.

Kids Cooking Demos
Location: Kids Demonstrations Tent near Kidway & Edible Garden


   2:00 p.m.      We all scream for Berry Banana Ice Cream!
                          Chef Debi LaBelle, Common Threads


   2:00 p.m.     Healthy Dirt Cups for Kids!
                         Healthy Eating & Green Mission Specialist Camille Lamb 
                         Whole Foods Market Coral Gables

Vendors include


Gerbaud Bakery,
delicious savory and sweet treats
Crackerman Crackers, organic breads and dips
Miami Roasted Corn, fresh roasted corn
CJ’s Peruvian Grill, traditional Peruvian dishes
Sweet Delights Bakery, delightful pies and cakes
CrepeMaker, entrée and dessert crepes
Fresh Lemonade
Karts of all Kinds, tasty Italian icees 

Food Trucks:

Native Conch, fresh conch salad              
Health Nut on Wheels, healthy bites and smoothies
Dolci Pecatti Gelato, refreshing gelato


Redland Herb Farm, potted herbs and veggies
Earth Learning Market
Teena’s Pride Produce, herbs and vegetables
Ready to Grow Gardens, veggie and herb beds and plants
Little River CSA & Flora, seedlings, garden tools and organic soil amendments
Mr. Green Dean’s Vegetable Farm, local veggies and produce
The Market Company Farmers Market

Local Market:

Candles by Fatima, handmade soy candles
Garden with Task Ease. Gardening must haves
Delightful Bites, homemade jams, jellies, pickles, marmalades
Miguel Bode Honey, local honey and pollen
Karen’s Kreations, jams, jellies, pickles, salsas
Angie's Vanilla, vanilla extract and products
Tower Garden, hydroponic gardens
Re-tired Tire Art, tire swings, planters, birdfeeders
World Flavorz Spices and Teas, artisan spices and teas


This year's Edible Garden Festival is a part of Local Food Week Miami.  Local Food Week consists of a full week of local food based activities, including a food film festival, various speaker events,  a Chef's Harvest Dinner, The Greater Everglades Community Food Summit and culminates at Fairchild's Edible Garden Festival. Click below for more information.

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View a video of last year's festival below.


Admission: Free for Fairchild Members and children 5 and under.

Non-members: $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17.  

Eco-discount: If you walk, ride your bike or take public transportation to Fairchild, receive $5 off admission for adults and $2 off admission for children. Members, remember to bring your Rewards Card to earn your gift passes!  

Military Discount: We are pleased to offer active military personnel free admission. In addition, admission for spouses is $20 and children $10. Please present Military IDs.

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