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Southwest Miami-Dade is a universe unto itself. Far removed from the urban core, its denizens still carry the distinct 305 swag, albeit heavily tempered by a deeply entrenched agro-centric history. Some folks say the recent spread of subdivision hell is choking out the Redland, and they’re right. But Miami’s bountiful countryside still has the goods. Here are two events that’ll prove it to you.

The Redland Festival, now in its 32nd year, will draw thousands of people to the Fruit and Spice Park for commerce and entertainment at the only tropical botanical garden of its kind in the nation. More than 20 nurseries will be selling native plants and fruit trees, and amid the foliage you can expect magic, musicals, clowns, puppets, bluegrass music, and live animal shows. Admission is six bucks, and kids 11 and younger get in free. The fest goes down from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 305-247-5727, or visit The Redland Riot Road Rallye is a free annual event that encourages the exploration of our Southern heritage. Show up at Cauley Square (22400 Old Dixie Hwy., Goulds) at 11 a.m. to pick up instructions. A route through berry farms, a winery, and a pioneer museum ends at 5 p.m. at the Redland Hotel, where you can collect prizes. Got munchies? Amazingly fresh milkshakes, oven-hot sticky buns, and other wondrous edibles await you. Visit
Sat., Jan. 10, 2009


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