Deering Seafood Festival

Join us next year!

Sunday, March 29, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Get ready for a non-stop celebration at the 11th Annual Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay, complete with delicious catch from the sea, celebrity chef cooking demos, fun-filled adventures for kids, Virgin Island stilt walkers, a Bahamian Junkanoo musical parade and on going live entertainment.

Florida’s freshest fish and seafood are always the main event with area restaurants and caterers lining Seafood Alley presented by Golden Rule Seafood including Devon Seafood + Steak, Whole Foods Market, Rodbenders, Asian Fusion, Bistro Foly, Paella Party, Fancy Loaf, Incredible Fish and more. Acclaimed Executive Chefs Dean Max, Cindy Hutson, Paula DaSilva, Todd Erickson and Damian Gilchrist host the much anticipated cooking demonstrations presented by Whole Foods Market under the big top tent, while Sommelier Veronica Litton of Crown Wine & Spirits presents limited seminars on pairing wine with fish and seafood in Charles Deering’s Prohibition Era Wine Cellar in the historic Stone House.

The Seafood Festival offers entertainment for all ages. In the Deering Discovery Cove, the Estate’s Educational and Interpretive Staff has planned a Swiss Family Robinson-type adventure with pirates, passports and scientific exploration. Kids will learn everything from basic survival skills and tying knots, discovering geological elements through hands-on gooey fun, to dissecting fish and exploring the coastal marine environment. For the less intrepid, the Lil’ Shrimp Kids Zone presented by Baptist Health South Florida gets kids going with Zumba dancing and healthy tastings and recipes for families. The Zone also offers unlimited play on inflatables, creative activities, and a kid-friendly menu when hunger strikes.

On the main stage there is continuous live entertainment presented by Palmetto Ford, featuring the island groove of Caribbean Crew, Fourth Dimension Reggae Band, plus Mr. Nice Guy’s rock ‘n roll music to close out the day. Around the Estate, on-going activities include the Pelican Skipper pontoon boat rides to Chicken Key, self-guided tours of the historic homes, and an Artist Lane with local artisans’unique creations that range from nautical furniture, recycled tire art, oil-fueled fossilized coral lamps, electric fossilized coral lamps, custom made made cedar canoes and kayaks to fine art.

For those wishing to pedal to the festival, a courtesy bike valet is offered through Green Mobility Network. Free car Park and Ride is also available at satellite locations with continuous shuttle-bus service to the Estate.

2015 coverage by Miami Hal 
Another perfect weather day for the Deering Seafood Festival.
Video coverage

2015 interview on Eat This. Drink That. Go!
Featuring Sandy Yglesias, Chairman of the Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay.

2015 interview on Food & Wine Talk
Deering Seafood Festival with Damian Gilchrist, Executive Chef, Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo and Lauren Belinsky, Whole Foods Market Coral Gables Marketing Specialist

2014 Miami Herald article
"Johnson & Wales chefs compete for chance to cook at Deering Seafood Festival" by Jacqueline Salo

2014 Photo Album 
for the 2014 Johnson & Wales University Third Annual Deering Seafood Student Competition

Check out the 10th annual Deering Seafood Festival 2014 video

Cost: $15 for adults in advance online OR $25 at the gate;
$5 for children ages 4-14; Children under 4 are FREE.
Admission includes park entrance and all activities excluding, food, drink, pontoon boat rides and rock climbing.

Tickets can be purchased 
ONLINE for an additional fee or by calling 305-235-1668 ext. 263.

Deering Estate Foundation Members get FREE ADMISSION! Not a member? Join ONLINE today or call 305-235-1668 ext. 263.

Check out this video from NBC 6 South Florida where Roxanne Vargas previews the 9th annual Deering Seafood Festival! Roxanne talks to Dan Yglesias, Chair of the Deering Seafood Festival and Samir Canaan, Executive Chef of Truluck's Seafood, Steak & Crab House. 

Palmetto Bay Village Center, 18001 Old Cutler Rd.
Westminister Christian School, 6855 SW 152 St.


Ride your bike and enjoy the FREE BIKE VALET SERVICE at the Main Gate
courtesy of the Green Mobility Network!

Deering Estate Foundation Members get FREE ADMISSION!
Not a member? Join today! 305-235-1668 ext. 263

Monies raised from the Festival benefit the Deering Estate Foundation.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.
To request a package or to receive more information, please contact Michelle Streit at [email protected] or call 305-235-1668 ext. 253.


The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami

3300 Southwest 27th Avenue
Coconut Grove, Florida
Phone: 305-644-4680
Reservations: 800-241-3333

The Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida
Phone & Reservations: 855-311-6903

Courtyard by Marriott Miami Homestead
2905 NE 9th Street
Homestead, Florida
Phone: 305-257-4333

The Deering Seafood Festival is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

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