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18th Annual Deering Seafood Festival

Apr 14 2024
10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Palmetto Bay Fl 33157

The Deering Estate Foundation looks forward to welcoming families of all ages to experience fresh seafood, chef demos, live entertainment and kid’s activities at the award-winning Deering Seafood Festival on Sunday, April 14, 2024 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Here is what guests can look forward to during the weekend of the 18th Annual Deering Seafood Festival:

Festival Program 
Check out the Festival Program which includes the festival map, entertainment schedule, food & beverage menus and MORE!

Food & Drink Vendors

At the Deering Seafood Festival, guests will be able to buy food and drink from some of South Florida’s best restaurants and suppliers. Participating seafood restaurants include Golden Rule Seafood, Sports Grill, Catering by Les, Chef Winston Catering, Antigua Barbuda, Popos Seafood, Conch Mania, Mr. Cobbs BBQ, Rodbenders Raw Bar and Grill, Paella Party, and Pub Grill. Other food vendors guests can get excited about are Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream and Sugar Boutique. Eagle Brands will be onsite selling Stella Artois, Kona Big Wave, and Michelob Ultra. And, don’t forget the Frozen Drink Booth courtesy of Bombarda Rum. Food & Beverage Menus

Chef Demo Tent
Location: Stone House Courtyard

Sponsored by the Deering Estate Foundation, the Chef Demo Tent is one of the highlights of the Deering Seafood Festival. It is where six fabulous South Florida chefs present 45-minute cooking demonstrations of their favorite seafood dishes, many of which are from their restaurant menus. Five demos will be led by chefs from popular Miami restaurants, and the final demo will be completed by the student winner of our annual Deering Seafood Festival Culinary Student Competition, which took place at Florida International University (FIU) College of Culinary Arts on March 14, 2024.

All cooking demonstrations are free with admission. Audiences are limited to 100 guests per demo, and spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will enjoy samples of the food prepared by the chef, get a copy of the recipe, and have an opportunity to ask him or her questions.

11:15 AM
Chef Maria Cummins
The Real Food Academy

12:15 PM
Chef Fernando Salazar & Andres Marmolejos
Platea Miami

1:15 PM
Chef Niven Patel
Ghee Miami

2:15 PM
Raheem Sealey
J & C Oyster, Drinking Pig BBQ & Shiso Miami

3:15 PM
Chef Jorge Mas
Kuba Cabana

4:15 PM
FIU Students
Katelyn Hammond & Nataliyah Magee

Throughout the day, a team of FIU culinary students will serve as sous chefs to those leading the Chef Demonstration, helping them to prepare their dish and clean up the cooking area.

Entertainment & Activities
Check out the Entertainment schedule 

While Florida’s freshest fish and seafood are always the main event, nonstop entertainment will keep the family dancing all day long. The festival will kick off with a Bahamian Junkanoo band and Virgin Island stilt walkers parading through Deering Estate, followed by performances by Cachet Band, Caribbean Music Farm and Brothers of Others.

There will be a craft beer area and, for the first time ever, a special “Masters” golf area in a shaded area with tables and chairs so that guests can watch the last day of the Masters Tournament or test their skill on a putting green provided by Monster Grass. There will also be Irish Whiskey tasting provided by Cairlinn Bay.

Guests who want to get out on the water can take guided Pelican Skipper pontoon boat rides (for an additional fee) from Deering Estate to Chicken Key. Back on land, arts aficionados can wander down Artists Lane and find handmade paintings, photography, crafts, and jewelry by local artisans.

Just for Kids

Presented by Kiddos Magazine, The Deering Seafood Festival will have a special “Spring Fun Kid’s Zone” with arts and crafts, a DJ, interesting exhibits, games, kid-friendly food, raffles, a magic show, a toddler play area, and lots of other fun activities for the kids!

Also at the festival, Deering Discovery Cove will return with fun, educational programming and activities pulled from Deering Estate’s environmental classes and camps! These classes attract more than 17,000 children throughout the year both virtually and, more recently, in person.


Get your tickets early! Tickets for adults are priced at $25 in advance and $30 the day of, and tickets for children ages 4-14 are priced at $7 in advance and $10 the day of. While Deering Estate Foundation members are entitled to free festival admission, members must go online to obtain a ticket for entry. Members will be prompted to add their member number when reserving their free tickets online. Ticket prices include park entrance and activities, but exclude food, drink, boat rides and vendor purchase.

Festival attendees are encouraged to purchase/reserve tickets in advance online.

Transportation & Parking

In addition to street and area parking, a free “Park and Ride” will be available to all festival guests at Westminster Christian School and Palmetto Bay Village Center. Shuttle buses will go to and from the venue and Deering Estate every 15 minutes. For those wishing to ride their bikes to the festival, a courtesy bike valet will be available from Heritage House.

To the North: Westminster Christian School, 6855 SW 152 Street
To the South: Palmetto Bay Village Center, 18001 Old Cutler Road
Bike Parking: Near the Main Gate in the area between SW 168 Street & SW 167 Street along 72nd Avenue.
Arrival by boat or watercraft is prohibited.

What items/activities are prohibited on-site?
Pets, balloons, balls, BBQ’s/barbecues/grills, bicycles, coolers, alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, confetti, candles/flames, glitter, drones, frisbees, fireworks, hammocks, kites, remote-control boats/cars, rollerblades/skates, scooters, skateboards, tents/canopies, in ground umbrellas, fishing, and swimming are not allowed onsite.

Additional Notes:

– Historic Museum Homes are closed during this event.
– Bugs & mosquitos are very common throughout the year, please come prepared.
– No pets allowed.


As a nonprofit organization, Deering Estate could not host its year-long calendar of exciting community events without the help of its generous supporters. The 18th Annual Deering Seafood Festival was made possible by over 35 sponsors, including Jaguar Land Rover South Dade, Shaka Kai, Air on Demand, Golden Rule Seafood, Sports Grill, CHI of South Florida, Baptist Health Miami Cancer Center, European Collision, University of Miami, Eric’s Outboard, McLuskey, McDonald & Hughes, NR Hair Salon, Palmer Trinity School, eTIX, Keyes & Associates/The Devaldivielso Team, Florida Power and Light, South Florida PBA, SunState Bank, Grove Bank and Trust, Smile Institute Miami, Prestige Windows & Doors, Kaufman & Rossin, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins, Eagle Brands as well as media and in-kind sponsors like Kiddos Magazine, Community Newspapers, Darios Las Americas, Go Latino, 6 in the Mix, Florida International University, Miami International Airport, Brand Poets, and more. The festival also has the unwavering support of the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Board of County Commissioners.

All proceeds will benefit the Deering Estate Foundation and are used to provide funding, advocacy and support for Deering Estate and its initiatives.

About The Deering Estate Foundation

For those who treasure the Deering Estate, who advocate for its preservation and wish to invest in its future, The Deering Estate Foundation provides opportunities for individuals and corporations alike to partake in membership, signature events, and one-of-a-kind experiences, all in service of providing vital funding and support to the Deering Estate. Through these efforts, the foundation fulfills its mission to uphold the legacy of Charles Deering’s cherished 1920s-era property, to provide funding for the cultural, educational and recreational experiences it offers, as well as its significant scientific and archaeological endeavors to conserve its diverse flora, fauna and the eight native ecosystems that thrive on its 450 acres, and to ensure its longevity as a prized American heritage site. Established in 1989, The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. is a community-based charitable 501(c) 3 Florida Corporation and the philanthropic partner of the Deering Estate. Interested individuals can become a member here!

About Deering Estate

The Deering Estate is a 21st Century house museum, cultural and ecological field station, and a national landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, owned by the State of Florida, and managed by Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department.

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