Food and Garden Festival at Fairchild Celebrates Fresh, Organic Food and The Joys of Gardening!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Food and Garden Festival at Fairchild

Celebrates Fresh, Organic Food and The Joys of Gardening!


Coral Gables, FL, March 29, 2012—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 14 and April 15, 2012. 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 organic fruits, vegetables and herbs available inSouth Florida. Sample a variety of spring beers and summer ales at theBeerGarden. There’ll even be a Spring Flower Market where you can buy beautiful fresh cut flowers! All weekend, children will enjoy hands-on activities and special culinary programs just for them.  Invite the whole family to come out and learn how to cook and enjoy food that is fabulously fresh, healthy and in season!

Garden Demos (Near the Plant Sales)

Saturday, April 14     

10:00 a.m.      10 Great Plants for South Florida
Jeff Wasielewski, FTBG
11:00 a.m.      Spring and Summer Craft Beer Styles
Larry Goeser, Good Beer Larry
12:00 p.m.      Planting Natives in your Edible Garden
Ben Thacker
1:00 p.m.        Preparing a Raised Bed Garden for Fall Production
Andres Mejides, Organic Gardening Expert
2:00 p.m.        Helping your Herbs Survive in Hot Weather
Carolyn Coppolo, Redland Herb Farm
3:00 p.m.        Natural Pest Management
Alison Walker, FTBG                    

Sunday, April 15        

10:00 a.m.      Making Cheese at Home
Hani Khouri, Hani‘s Mediterranean Organics
11:00 a.m.      Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Dehydration
Leila Werner, FTBG
12:00 p.m.      Raising Honeybees in your Home Garden
Richard J. Campbell, FTBG
1:00 p.m.        How to Create an Open-air Compost Bin
Jeff Wasielewski, FTBG
2:00 p.m.        Local Sustainable Vegetable Gardening
                         Tina Borek, Tina‘s Pride
3:00 p.m.        Grow Food All Year Long in South Florida
Dylan Terry, Ready to Grow Gardens 


Cooking Demonstrations (Garden House) 

Saturday, April 14      

12:30 p.m.      Health Starts Here Demonstration
Whole Foods Market Chef
1:30 p.m.        Chef Julie Frans, Essensia Restaurant at The Palms Hotel 

Sunday, April 15                              

11:30 a.m.      Tessa Mencia, Real Sorbet Food Truck
12:30 p.m.     Chef Johnson, Lan Pan Asian and Yuga in the Gables
1:30 p.m.        Loren Pulitzer, Treats that Heal      


Lectures (Garden House) 

Saturday April 14                            

10:30 a.m.      Pollinators in Your Garden
                         Martin Feather, FTBG
2:30 p.m.        Gardening at Fairchild
Noris Ledesma, FTBG
3:30 p.m.        Rain Harvesting in a Rainy State
Chris French, Sustainable Landscape Engineer                       

Sunday, April 15                          

10:30 a.m.      The Healing Power of the Garden
Brent Knoll, Brent‘s Organic Garden
2:30 p.m.         Edible Palms in Your Garden      
                          Sara Edelman, FTBG            



All weekend from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Please note: you must be 21 years of age or older to participate in The Beer Garden.

Spring is in the air in South Florida! Celebrate the season with the crisp and refreshing spring brews and summer ales in our Beer Garden.

Whole Foods Market
Gold Coast Beverage
Fresh Beer – sampling Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale, Holy Mackerel Panic Attack, Holy Mackerel Mack in Black, PALM Belgian Amber Ale & more!
Schnebly Winery


Kids’ Activities (EdibleGarden)

All Weekend 
Enjoy special hands-on and culinary kids‘ activities including kids‘ cooking demonstrations and kitchen botany.

Kitchen Botany
All weekend
When you eat celery, broccoli, or asparagus, what part of the plant are you eating? The leaves, flowers, or roots?

Join us at KidWay where using hand lenses and microscopes, children examine fruits and vegetables to discover the intricacies within. Children will identify the part of the flower that develops into fruit and the role that pollinators and seed dispersal play in this process.   Children can then make a "peanut seed baby" to take home and see the germination process in front of their eyes. 

Saturday only
11:30 a.m. What‘s the Buzz?
What‘s the Buzz? is an upbeat, informative presentation that provides insight into the world of the honeybee! We‘ll have a luscious, lip-smacking honey tasting, and kids will get to make a honeycomb candle to take home.

Sunday only
11:30 a.m. Building a Worm Bin
Kids will enjoy a special interactive demonstration by the Fertile Earth Foundation.


Toursof theEdibleGarden

Saturday, April 14
11:30 a.m., Noris Ledesma, FTBG
12:30 p.m., Jeff Wasielewski, FTBG
1:30 p.m., David, FTBG

Sunday, April 15
11:30 a.m., Richard Campbell, FTBG
12:30 p.m., Georgia Tasker, FTBG
1:30 p.m., Leila Werner, FTBG


Spring Flower Market

After shopping the best plants inSouth Floridaat the 33rd Annual Spring Plant Sale, pick up fresh cut flowers from our Flower Market presented by Hirni‘s Wayside.

 About Fairchild

FairchildTropicalBotanic Gardenis 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 bothFloridaand international conservation. Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries throughout the tropical world including theIndonesia,South America, theCaribbean,AfricaandSoutheast Asia. Fairchild’s palm and cycad collections are considered the greatest collections in the world and are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association. Fairchild has the largest education program in a metropolitan area reaching more than 100,000 schoolchildren in 2011. Fairchild hosts popular events like the Chocolate, Mango, Orchid, Food and Garden, Ramble and Edible Garden Festivals, as well as an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant shows and sales, evening events and more. Fairchild is a not-for-profit organization with 45,000 members. Fairchild is located at10901 Old Cutler Road,Coral Gables,Florida,33156. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. Information at and on Facebook and Twitter.




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