This annual Redland Heritage Festival at the Fruit & Spice Park features local arts and crafts, historical exhibits, a large selection of tropical plants and great food. Children’s activities include a petting zoo and pony rides. Admission $8 (children 11 and under are free).
For more than 40 years the Redland Heritage Festival has celebrated the historic agricultural backbone of South Miami-Dade County. At the turn of the 20th century, a few brave pioneer settlers came here to plant and grow a plethora of tropical fruits and vegetables, spices, herbs and flowering trees.
The original 160 acre land grants from the federal government required each family to transform and improve their property to the betterment of society.
These hearty families braved difficult situations and a harsh environment to tame and cultivate the land in order to establish legacy farms, groves and fields that now produce an abundance of exotic delicacies.
Against all odds, many of the descendants of these original pioneer families still operate local agricultural businesses. Some of the groves and farms are more than 100 years old. The Redland Heritage Festival celebrates these brave and hearty pioneer agricultural families.