Beer Haven at the Miami-Dade Youth FairThe Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo, also known as the Youth Fair, runs through April 5 at Tamiami Park and there's something for everyone. Rides, games, farm animals, and, our favorite, fair food. This year, why not try some of the new offerings like the Miami sundae, a parfait of mojo-roasted pork, white rice, black beans, onions, and plantains topped with fresh cilantro and paprika, or the sticky pig on a stick (two Krispy Kreme doughnuts stuffed with strawberry custard, dipped in chocolate fudge, and rolled in applewood-smoked candied bacon)?
You also have to check out the new Beer Haven area, which features a mobile brewery and 60 kinds of suds on tap -- many of them exclusive to the fair. On Saturdays, the Beer Garden hosts a weekly beer festival from 1 to 5 p.m. where $35 gets you unlimited beer samplings and bites.
Gates open at noon most days (3 p.m. March 12, 13, 18, and 19 and April 1 and 2). Admission costs $12; ages 5 and younger and 65 and older get in free. Admission is also free for active-duty and retired military personnel with valid military ID certain days. There are also many packages and discounts. For details on pricing or to purchase tickets in advance, visit fairexpo.com.
Coral Gables St. Patrick's Day Festival
The South Florida Emerald Society will host the 36th annual festival Saturday, March 14, at Ponce Circle Park. From noon to 6 p.m., enjoy Irish food such as corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, soda bread, and whiskey cake and a full bar. There will also be Irish crafts for sale and a Leprechaun Corner for kids. There's also plenty of entertainment provided by the St. Andrews Pipe Band, Celtic Cross with Paddy Kelligan, Michael O'Hara and the Breffni Dancers, and Irish singer Tricianne Garrihy.