14th Annual Deering Seafood Festival

While the Deering Seafood Festival gets bigger and better each year, this year marked a major milestone. Using new attendance and crowd size software, over 9500 attendees were able to enjoy Deering Estate on what was a beautiful and temperate March 25th. “This is well beyond our wildest dreams. With nearly 300 volunteers working to keep us going all day, this was a real homerun,” said Deering Estate Foundation Executive Director Mary Pettit.

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This year was presented by Tom Thumb Food Stores and featured celebrity chef demonstrations all day long, where attendees could learn how to cook from the best local chefs around.

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Of course, there were amazing food vendors including Golden Rule Seafood (in their 13th year) and Sports Grill (a vendor for all 14 festivals). Popo’s Seafood, Tacos & Tattoos, Rodbenders Raw Bar & Grille, Catering by Les, Don Cameron, Devon Seafood + Steak, Paella Party, and Fancy Loaf (Antigua & Barbuda Association of South Florida) rounded out the food choices and desserts were served up by Gringa Flan, Chill’N Nitrogen Ice Cream and Wendy’s Chocolates.

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The festivals Lil’ Shrimp Discovery Kids Zone was a huge hit. That was where kids could get up close and personal with South Florida wildlife and also learn about our environment, ecology, preservation and other earthy goodness.

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The beer and spirits flowed and if that wasn’t enough, a traveling band called Bahamian Junkanoo Review parades around with stilt walkers and colorful music and costume. A main stage also provided great music throughout the day. The Caribbean Crew Steel Drum Band set the island theme and then Blackstar rocked out to close the festival.

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The revenue from the Deering Seafood Festival goes to the Deering Estate Foundation, which provides an amazing array of programs on the grounds throughout the year.