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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 20, 2012 - Sunday, October 21, 2012 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 and lectures, 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! To enter an original botanical scarecrow into the competition, download the application and rules. 

Download the full Edible Garden program.

Talks and Lectures, Garden House 

Saturday, October 20  

10:30 a.m.                             Noris Ledesma, FTBG 
                                                Pollinators in the Edible Garden 

2:30 p.m.                               Danny Acke
                                                Veggies, South Florida Style 

Sunday, October 21

10:30 a.m.                             Richard J. Campbell, PhD., FTBG
                                                Edible Gardening at Fairchild  

2:30 p.m.                               Samantha and Jeff Wasielewski, FTBG 
                                                Edible Gardening with Your Kids   

Talks and Lectures, Outside Garden Demo Tent   

Saturday, October 20 

10:00 a.m.                            Marlon Rumble, FTBG 
                                               Container Gardening at the Fairchild Nursery  

11:00 a.m.                            Teena Borreck 
                                               Benefits of Using Local Produce 

12:00 p.m.                            Mary Keppler, FTBG 
                                               Children's Gardening Activities  

1:00 p.m.                              Alexis D'Orsi, Garden with Taskease
                                              Grow Your Own

2:00 p.m.                              Lanette Sobel, Fertile Earth
                                              Using Earthworms to turn 'trash' into
                                              'treasure' for your garden

Sunday October 21  

10:00 a.m.                            Bob Brennan, FTBG 
                                               Composting in the Edible Garden 

11:00 a.m.                            Carolyne Coppolo, Redland Herb Farm
                                               Garden Herbs 

12:00 p.m.                            Sara Edelman, FTBG 
                                               Edible Palm Gardening 

1:00 p.m.                              Dainel, Ian and Thiago Campbell, FTBG 
                                               Vegetable Gardening for Kids-Learn by Doing

2:00 p.m.                              Danny Acke
                                               Veggies, South Florida Style

3:00 p.m.                              Dylan Terry, Ready to Grow Gardens 
                                               Designing your Edible Landscape

Tours of the Edible Garden

11:30 a.m.                            Noris Ledesmas, FTBG
                                               Gardening at Fairchild

11:30 a.m.                            Richard J. Campbell, PhD, FTBG
                                               Gardening at Fairchild


Cooking Demonstrations, Garden House
Sponsored by Whole Foods Market


Saturday, October 20

11:30 a.m.        Real Sorbet's Tessa Mencia
                            Pumpkin Sorbet

12:30 p.m.        Chef Brian Browning, Whole Foods Market
                            Sangria and Tapas

  1:30 p.m.        Chef Chris Bulgarin, Delicious Catering Services
                            Pan Seared Herb Crusted Line-Caught Swordfish
                            with a Frisee Salad tossed with Pan-Seared Pink
                           Sea Salt Crusted Baby Artisan Potatoes finished
                           with a Baby Sweet Pea Vinaigrette

Sunday, October 21

11:30 a.m.        Chef Debra Upshaw, Sisters in Pink
                            Outrageous Zucchini Muffins

12:30 p.m.        Chef Jessica, Whole Foods Market Health Starts Here Specialist
                            Kale Waldorf Salad and Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

  1:30 p.m.        Chef Loren Pulitzer, Meals that Heal
                            Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Fall Beer Garden, Cycad Vista
Sponsored by Whole Foods Market

The Brown Distributing Company will be sampling Monk in the Trunk Organic Amber, Palm, Estaminet, Blue Point White IPA, Blue Point Hoptical Illusion, New Planet Off Grid Pale Ale and New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale.

Gold Coast Beverage will be sampling Abita Pecan Harvest, Abita Satsuma, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Crispin Original, Fox Barrel Pear, Fox Barrel Blackberry Pear and Fox Barrel Organic Pear Naked.

The Whole Foods Market will be sampling Fox Barrel Cider, Crispin Bare Naked Cider and a selection of Seasonal Beers.

 For the Kids

Saturday, October 20

12:30 p.m.                           Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden presents                                          
                                              Bee Smart, Bee Cool with Bees

Sunday, October 21

12:30 p.m.                           Common Threads presents
                                              We scream for banana ice cream!


View a video of last year's festival below.


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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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