Food and Garden Festival at Fairchild Celebrates Fresh, Local Food

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Food and Garden Festival at Fairchild

Celebrates Fresh, Local Food

Coral Gables, FL, April 14, 2010—Come see what‘s cooking at Fairchild during our celebration of fresh foods and the gorgeous gardens they grow in on Saturday and Sunday, April 24 & 25. Gather new tips and recipes from our popular culinary demonstrations taught by local chefs using local products. Go green at our farmers‘ market where local growers showcase the best fruits, vegetables and herbs available in South Florida. Meet your favorite food blogger in the Garden House. On Sunday, children will enjoy hands-on activities and special culinary programs just for kids. Invite your whole family to come out and learn how to cook and enjoy food that is fresh and in season!

 Check out Saturday’s and Sunday’s schedule below:

Saturday, April 24 


11:00 a.m.         Robert Barnum, Possum Trot Fruit Nursery
                            Betel leaf Tempura with Coconut Crab Sauce

12:30 p.m.         Eleanoh Hoh, Wok Star
                            Wok Star Makes Dinner Fresh and Simple

2:00 p.m.           Laura La Fata, La Diva Cucina

3:30 p.m.           Chef Elizabeth Barlow, Canyon Ranch


10:00 a.m.         Carolyne Coppolo, Redland Herb Farm
                            Keep Your Garden Going Over the Summer

11:00 a.m.         Margie Pikarsky, Bee Heaven Farms
                            Preserving Your Harvest: Drying, Preserves, Fermentation and Kombucha

12:00 p.m.         Gabriele Mariewski, Paradise Farms
                            Local Mushrooms in South Florida

1:00 p.m            James Jiler, author of Doing Time in the Garden
                            Book signing to follow

2:00 p.m.           Noris Ledesma, FTBG Curator of Tropical Fruit
                            Sustainable Living at the Fairchild Farm

3:00 p.m.           Lisa Krimsky and Bryan Fleuch, UF Sea Grant 
                            Know Your Seafood: Seafood Safety and Sustainability Workshop         


1:00 p.m.          “Time for Lunch”- Slow Food panel on Healthy School Lunches
                            Panelists: Ken Lyon, Fratelli Lyon restaurant; Adri Garcia; Penny 
                            Parham, Department of Food and Nutrition, Miami-Dade County Public Schools;
                            Erin Healy; Moderator- Donna Reno, Slow Food

 KIDS DEMOS:  Chickee Hut

12:00 p.m.        Kid Cuisine
                           Chefs Cristina Stalstrom and Alicia Toledo teach kids to cook!

 Sunday, April 25 


11:00 a.m.         Cristina Archila, Raw Food Artist

1:00 p.m.           Ingrid Hoffman, Food Network Host and author
                           Cooking with Homegrown Latin Veggies

2:00 p.m.           Dr. Paul Gannon


10:00 a.m.        Marcus Thomson, Earth-n-Us Farm
                           Permaculture for South Florida

11:00 a.m.         Dr. Richard Campbell, FTBG Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit
                            Sustainable Gardening in South Florida

1:00 p.m.           Pecha Kucha Miami     
                            Pecha Kucha Gardenovation: Returning to Your Nature.
A presentation featuring landscape architects, garden innovators,
                            and inspired artists.

2:00 p.m.           Ben Thacker, Gardens of Troy
Miami‘s Inner-city Teens by Growing Food

 PANELS:        Classroom A, Corbin Building

10:30 a.m.         Funding for Green Projects  
                            Panelists: Colleen, Human Services Coalition; 
                            Luigi Ferrer-Prideline, Youth Services; Mario Yanez, Earth Learning 

12:30 p.m.        Community Garden Panel

 KIDS DEMOS:  Chickee Hut

12:00 p.m.         Kid Cuisine   
                            Chefs Cristina Stalstrom and Alicia Toledo teach kids to cook!

 Vendors Include:

Burr’s Berry Farm, Redland Organics, Redland Herb farm, spices and teas from World Flavors, Soy Candles + Sugar scrubs, honey from Bees N the Keys, fruit jams and jellies from Jacquie’s Jamming, Venezuelan mini sweet peppers from Florida Sweet Pepper, and so many more!

Download a coupon good for $5 off admission of the Food and Garden Festival

About Fairchild

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses palm and cycad collections that are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world’s greatest living collection of palms and cycads; an education program reaching more than 52,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Chocolate Festival, International Mango Festival and International Orchid Festival, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 45,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild hosts major art events such as Yayoi Kusama at Fairchild this year, Mark di Suvero, Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly and Kris Martin at Fairchild in 2008, Botero, Lichtenstein and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2007 and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156, just a thirty minute drive from South Beach. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit us at and on Facebook and Twitter.