Get ready for a non-stop celebration 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.
Please note: tickets for the 2018 Deering Seafood Festival go on sale on January 1, 2018.
Adults: $20 in advance / $25 at the gate;
Children (ages 4-14): $7 in advance / $10 at the gate
Deering Estate Foundation Members get FREE ADMISSION!
Not a member? Join ONLINE today or call 305-235-1668 ext. 224.
Please note: NO coolers, picnic baskets, pop-up tents, umbrellas or pets!
The centerpiece of the festival is a cornucopia of culinary delights featuring Florida’s freshest fish and seafood, with area restaurants and caterers providing sumptuous fare along Seafood Alley presented by Golden Rule Seafood. Participants include Fancy Loaf – Antigua & Barbuda Association of South Florida, Catering by Les, Devon Seafood & Steak, Don Camaron Seafood Grill & Market, Golden Rule Seafood, Paella Party, Pubbelly Sushi, Station 5 Table & Bar, Tapanadas, and Sports Grill. In addition, Chill-N, Totally Bananas, Gringa Flan and Wendy’s Chocolates are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
More than two tons of ice keeps the thirst-quenching backyard beverages, presented by Landshark Lager, ice cold and the frozen drink machines humming all day.
For the foodies, cooking demonstrations take place throughout the day, featuring popular chefs from some of South Florida’s finest restaurants held under the big-top tent over the Deering Estate’s historic courtyard. Chefs include Jeff Maxfield of BRAVA by Brad Kilgore at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, David Hackett from the Biltmore Hotel, Jeffrey Ross and Wilfred Charles from Captain Jim’s Seafood, Damien Gilchrist from Ocean Reef Club, Jorge Mijangos from Pubbelly Sushi, and Nicole McDonald– this year’s winner of the Johnson & Wales Student Deering Seafood Cooking Competition,.
While Florida’s freshest fish and seafood are always the main event, continuous entertainment takes place throughout the day on the main stage, presented by Palmetto Ford. It’s a day of family fun, dancing and grooving to the Pan Paradise Steel Drum Band, Caribbean Crew and Mr. Nice Guy, a local favorite. In keeping with the island theme, Virgin Islands Stilt Walkers and free-spirited Bahamian Junkanoo musicians weave throughout the crowds.
The Deering Seafood Festival offers activities that are both fun and educational for children of all ages, including Deering Discovery Cove, where kids can experiment and explore the wonders of the world’s 5 oceans. For the younger ones, the Li’l Shrimp Kids Zone provides unlimited play on inflatables, creative activities and a kid-friendly menu when hunger strikes. Ongoing activities include a rock-climbing wall and the Pelican Skipper pontoon boat rides to Chicken Key, as well as Artists Lane, featuring paintings, photography, crafts and jewelry by local artisans.
For those wishing to pedal to the festival, a courtesy bike valet is offered through Green Mobility Network. Free Park and Ride is also available at Westminster Christian School and Palmetto Bay Village Center, with continuous shuttle-bus service to the Estate.
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. Monies raised from the Festival benefit the Deering Estate Foundation. Special thanks to our host hotels.
For the photo gallery from last year’s event,
please click here and use the following password: 2016
Sponsorship opportunities are available. To request a package or to receive more information, please contact Michelle Streit at MStreit@deeringestate.org or call 305-235-1668 ext. 253.