Now for the best part.....the food and drinks! Oh my goodness, I was soooo excited to eat so many delicious home-made dishes. Believe it or not, most of the vendors were ordinary folks making extraordinary delicious goodies, only a couple were restaurants. Same with mostly all of the other vendors where they sell their wares at these types of festivals throughout the year, only a handful actually have a retail store. Well all in all we met some of the most wonderful people and made some new contacts for our work at this event. I will most definitely be coming back next year and bringing many more of my friends! I hope you will be there too!
While you are down in Homestead and the Redlands, there are many more places to visit: The Fruit & Spice Park (where the festival was held), Schnebly Winery, Banjong Orchids, Knaus Berry Farm (only open Nov thru mid April, closed on Sundays), Robert Is Here Fruit & Vegetable stand (they even have a mini zoo in the back), Peublito Paisa Miami, Coral Castle, the Theravada Thai Buddhist Temple, Cauley Square, get the best local BBQ at Shiver's BBQ, Monkey Jungle, RF Orchids, The Bonsai Gardens, the historic downtown area of Homestead, the Everglades and Everglades National Park, Redland Koi Gardens, Redlands Market Village, Burr's Berry Farm, Larry & Penny Thompson Park, Sam & Philly's U-Pick and Market, Homestead Miami Speedway and so many more! So Linda & I went tooling around Homestead like we used to when we were young...ahhhh, the good ol'days. What an absolutely awesome day we had...life is good and I am truly thankful for that!
Here are a few pictures of our day at the Asian Culture Festival and our stop at Robert Is Here fruit stand and market. I was disappointed that I didn't take more pictures but I realized afterwards that I was so absorbed in the festival that I totally forgot, lol. Well, you will just have to attend next year and see for yourself. :)
|Beautiful grandiflora hybrid rose|
Wait till you see the post on the rose I bought here :)
|Ground orchids and pink begonias for sale|
So many different kinds of plants and herbs
|Close up of one of the ground orchid flowers|
|Cool carnivorous plants from Envy Botanicals|
|More carnivorous plants for sale from Envy Botanicals|
|Tillsandia (air plants) for sale from Majestic Foliage in Homestead|
|More air plants and orchids from Majestic Foliage|
|Bananas and bamboo|
|The fruit & vegetable carving tent, way cool!|
|Carvers showing their craft.|
|Ornately carved melons|
|At Robert Is Here fruit stand & market,|
the "canning" section, with honey tasting.
|The aviary at Robert Is Here|
Surprisingly lots of different kinds of birds
I'm not sure they are all supposed to be together
|Cool old farm tractor with lots of wear-n-tear|
|Another cool old farm plow & jack fruit tree|
|The "zoo" area with lots of farm animals, super cute goats.|
|A great way to get rid of corn husks, lol.|
|Who doesn't want a sweet coconut head keepsake, lol, so 1960's :)|
|What a great way to end our Homestead trip, with a little|
homemade key lime pie from Robert Is Here market. :)
Hope you enjoyed our trip and maybe one day you can make it to our South Florida gem of a place...Homestead, FL. So get out there & take a day trip to enjoy your local neck of the woods.
Hope you enjoy your weekend!