Food and Garden Festival at Fairchild

Monday, April 25, 2011

Food and Garden Festival at Fairchild

Celebrates Fresh, Organic Food and The Joys of Gardening!

 Coral Gables, FL, April 13, 2011—Come see what‘s cooking at Fairchild during our celebration of fresh fruits and vegetables and the gorgeous gardens they grow in on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, 2011. Guests can gather new tips and recipes from our popular culinary and gardening demos taught by top chefs and gardeners. And don’t forget to shop our Farmers’ Market! Local vendors showcase the best fruits, vegetables and herbs available in South Florida, as well as honey, jams and fresh baked goods and spices. Discover Fairchild‘s Edible Garden, lush and delicious with herbs, vegetables, fruits and ornamentals that can be grown in your home garden. New this year, guests can listen in on Random Acts of Gardening, informal ‘pop-up’ lectures in the plant sales area covering South Florida gardening, environmentally friendly landscaping and more. Children will enjoy special hands-on and culinary activities in the KidWay including yoga, kids‘ cooking demonstrations and kitchen botany. And don’t forget to shop the 32nd Annual Spring Plant Sale with thousands of plants from Fairchild‘s nursery and local plant vendors. There’s something for everyone at Fairchild’s Food & Garden Festival!   

Cooking Demonstrations

Saturday, April 30           

11:00 a.m.      Chef Michael Reidt, Area 31,
                         Seared Tuna with Spring Greens

1:00 p.m.        Fairchild Challenge Green Cuisine Finalists,
                         Homestead Senior High and Miami Central Senior High, 
                        Veganoli Walfredo and Nacho Bean Casserole

2:00 p.m.        Ayesha D‘Mello, Ayesha‘s Kitchen, Butternut Squash Vegetable
                         in a Coconut Sauce
and Muttar Basmati Pilaf

3:00 p.m.        Chef Carlos Cordoba, The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne,
                         Stone Crab and Ramps Stuffed Squash Blossom

Sunday, May 1

  1. Monica Rios, Green Table,
                             Gazpacho Andaluz (Andalusian Gazpacho)

1:00 p.m.        Chef Matt Duryea, Eden, Heirloom Tomatoes with
                         Burrata Cheese, Pesto and Aged Balsamic

2:00 p.m.        Loren Pulitzer, Meals That Heal,
                        Cashew Pate Stuffed Mushrooms

3:00 p.m.        Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog, gastroPod

Lectures (Garden House) 

Saturday, April 30                         

10:00 a.m.     Ben Thacker, Troy Gardens and Alison Walker, FTBG,
                        Urban Agriculture Programs in Miami
                        What‘s Happening and How You Can Help

12:00 p.m.     Noris Ledesma, FTBG, Beekeeping,
                        The Educational and Profitable Tool of Horticulture

4:00 p.m.        Brent Knoll, Brent‘s Organic Garden,
                         The Healing Power of the Garden

 Sunday, May 1 

10:00 a.m.      Richard Campbell, FTBG,
                         South Florida Backyard Gardening

12:00 p.m.      Carolyn Coppolo, Redland Herb Farm,
                         Tropical Summer Gardening

Random Acts of Gardening (Plant Sale Area)     

Saturday, April 30                       

10:30 a.m.      Leila Werner FTBG,
                         Drying Bananas: A Demonstration

12:30 p.m.      Jeff Wasielewski, FTBG,
                         10 Great Plants for South Florida                       

2:30 p.m.        Jeff Wasielewski, FTBG, 
                         Natural Pest Control

Sunday, May 1           

11:30 a.m.      Jason Lopez, FTBG,
                         Dr. David Fairchild‘s Trees, a Walking Tour

12:30 p.m.      Richard J. Campbell, Ph.D., FTBG,
                         Proper Tree Planting

 Sunday, May 1 

10:00 a.m.      Richard Campbell, FTBG,
                         South Florida Backyard Gardening

12:00 p.m.      Carolyn Coppolo, Redland Herb Farm,
                         Tropical Summer Gardening 

Kids‘ Activities 

Join us for fun for the whole family as kids can learn about plants through hands-on activities, as well as composting, kitchen botany and a plant color match. 

Short Chef brings his humor and spirit to helping kids master the cooking and healthy eating at 12:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

Composting for Kids, use your food and paper waste to make the best soil possible for your garden, all while having fun! Also, learn how to make your own worm bins with Lannette Sobel of


O, Miami

While you are enjoying the garden, take a moment to experience poetry as part of O, Miami, the inaugural month-long, county-wide poetry festival. Haikus by O, Miami poets are placed in various peaceful spots throughout the garden so that visitors may come across the works and have moments of reflection. 


Bike Valet

Green Mobility Network will be here Saturday and Sunday offering their unique bike valet service at the South Gate. Bike and $5! If you walk or ride your bike to Fairchild, you will receive $5 off the admission price for adults and $2 for children. It‘s our way of thanking you for contributing to conservation. 


Members:  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.

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 70,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Chocolate Festival, International Mango Festival and International Orchid Festival, the Edible Garden 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 Les Lalanne at Fairchild and Yoko Ono’s Wishing Grove this year, Yayoi Kusama at Fairchild last 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 $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, visit us at and on Facebook and Twitter.


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