MIAMI —If you love all things barbeque, get your bibs and bellies ready, as the Redland Blues & Barbecue Festival is returning for its ninth season, Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Preston B. Bird/Mary Heinlein Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Ave., Homestead, Florida.

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will host eight developmental workshops across the island ahead of the 2019 staging of the Jamaica Culinary Arts Competition and Exhibition. The workshops will run from Wednesday, March 20, through Tuesday, April 9, in preparation for Jamaica’s premier culinary arts competition.

MIAMI — More than 8,500 people are expected to converge upon the historic, 450-acre Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay for the 15th Annual Deering Seafood Festival on Sunday, March 31.  A nonstop celebration of nature's beauty and bounty, the award-winning festival is renowned for its cornucopia of culinary delights, featuring delicious catches from the sea, chef demonstrations, live entertainment and activities for children of all ages.

Now in its fourth year, the grounds of the Lauderhill Performing Arts Centre lit up with delectable aromas and spirits at the Sola Rum Food Wine Festival last month. Three celebrity chefs were among the couture food creators enticing the hundreds who came out to indulge in mouth-watering Caribbean cuisine, unique rums, and fine wines on offer. Not only were there tastings from a wide selection of food, rum, and wine vendors, some guests gladly paid $100 to experience a VIP food event that included a three-course meal paired with specially selected wines. Of course, one can’t serve good food without rhythms. So, adding to the kaleidoscope of tastes, was a musical lineup that featured local talent, an American Idol finalist, and a Grammy nominated R&B artiste.

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