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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 22, 2011 - Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

The Edible Garden Festival  will feature delicious food, cooking demonstrations, a scarecrow competition, plant sales and gardening demonstrations and lectures on how to create your own edible garden.

Download a pdf of the full program.

3rd Annual Scarecrow Competition 

Enter into this year’s competition by creating an original botanical themed scarecrow!

All scarecrows will be showcased at our Edible Garden Festival through our Howl-o-ween event October 30. Guests will be able to cast votes to help us decide who will win the 2011 competition.  Download a rules and application packet.

Garden Demonstrations (Cycad Circle)            

Saturday, October 22

10:00 a.m.    Carolyn's Simple Tips for Growing Herbs, Carolyn Coppolo,
                        Redland Herb Farm        
11:00 a.m.    Basic Cheesemaking Techniques, Hani Khouri,
                       Mediterranean Organics             
12:00 p.m.    The Tools You Need to Grow Vegetables, Muriel Olivares,
                       Little River Market Garden           
1:00 p.m.      Building Rich Soil, Ben Thacker, Troy Gardens          
2:00 p.m.      Local, Organic Eggs: Their Importance in Your Diet,
                       Alice Pena, PNS Farms   
3:00 p.m.      Setting Up an Organic Raised Bed, Andres Mejides     

Sunday, October 23

10:00 a.m.    Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables, Leila Werner, FTBG          
11:00 a.m.    Planting and Caring for your Tomato Plants, Margie Pikarsky,
                       Bee Heaven Farm          
12:00 p.m.    Designing Your Edible Garden, Dylan Terry, Ready-to-Grow Gardens
1:00 p.m.      The History of Beer, Larry Goeser, Good Beer Larry   
2:00 p.m.      A Garden at Every School, Mary Keppler, FTBG        
3:00 p.m.      Edible Landscaping, Melissa Contreras, Urban Oasis Project

Cooking Demonstrations (Garden House)

Saturday, October 22

11:30 a.m      Lemon Zucchini and Traditional Green Papaya Salad,
                        Chef Johnson Teh, Lan Pan Asian and Yuga in the Gables
12:30 p.m.     Local Wahoo Crudo, Chef Albert Cabrera, The Local Craft
1:30 p.m.        Tempeh Curry with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans
                         and Pumpkin Pecan Cookies, Whole Foods Market
                         Health Starts Here Specialists, Jessica and Amanda

 Sunday, October 23

11:30 a.m.     Herb Marinated Mahi-Mahi with Celeriac and Tomato
                        and Corn Relish,
Chef Chris Bulgarin, Delicious Catering Services
12:30 p.m.     Guava and Onion Crostini, Chef Alicia Toledo      
1:30 p.m.       Asian Shrimp and Vegetable Salad, Chef Brian Collaro,
                        Whole Foods Market

Lectures (Garden House)

Saturday, October 22

10:30 a.m.     The Home Worm Production, Noris Ledesma, FTBG
2:30 p.m.       Gardening with Your Children, Samantha and Jeff Wasielewski,

Sunday, October 23

10:30 a.m.     Home Beekeeping, Richard Campbell, FTBG
2:30 p.m.        The Medicine Cabinet in Your Garden, Alison Walker, FTBG

 Tours of the Edible Garden

 Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
Gardening at Fairchild: A Tour of our Edible Garden   

Beer Garden (Cycad Vista)

   Sponsored by Whole Foods Market

Please note: you must be 21 years of age or older to participate in The Beer Garden.

The chill of fall in South Florida has arrived! Celebrate the season with the rich and hearty autumn beers and ciders in our Beer Garden.


Whole Foods Market – sampling Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale and
Holy Mackerel Panic Attack

Gold Coast Beverage - sampling Florida Beer Company’s Conchtoberfest, Florida Beer Company’s Florida Lager, Jeremiah Weed Roadhouse Tea, Jeremiah Weed Lightning Lemonade and Guinness Black Lager

The Boston Beer Company – sampling Samuel Adams Boston Lager,
Octoberfest, Sam Light, Cherry Wheat and Latitude 48

Latis Imports – sampling PALM Belgian Amber Ale

Magners – sampling Magners Original Cider and Magners Pear Cider

Family Demonstrations

Saturday and Sunday

12:00 p.m.   Bee Smart, Bee Cool with Bees, Noris Ledemsa, FTBG
Learn all about honeybees, their importance in our ecosystem and how you can have a safe bee hive at home.

1:00 p.m.   Cooking with Plant Parts, Chef Kathleen Duran and Bonita
What parts of a plant are edible? Just the flowers? Or can you eat the stems and the roots, too?  Find out how to create a salad using all the parts of a plant! 

2:00 p.m.   Building an Organic Edible Garden with your Family, Slow Food Miami
See how it easy it is create your own edible garden in your backyard - the whole family will enjoy!

Free Yoga from Rina Yoga, Saturday and Sunday

10:30 -11:15 a.m.    Yoga (Adults)
 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.        Little Yogis (Kids)  

Upcoming Festivals

The Ramble, November 11, 12 and 13, 2011
The Chocolate Festival with Coffee and Tea, January 20, 21 and 22, 2012

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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