Weekend Planner: Food Festivals, Veterans Day

A long weekend is ahead, as the nation celebrates U.S. military members who have served and protected the United States of America. Here are some events that commemorate those who have served, as well as festivals and fairs the whole family can enjoy. 

Miami Gardens Wine and Food Experience 

Foodies, rejoice: The Miami Gardens Wine and Food Experience is set for Saturday, Nov. 11, and more than 20 chefs, caterers and restaurants will be serving up unlimited bites to eat. There will be two cooking competitions: the MasterChef Cooking Competition, and the new Sweet Freak Baking Competition. Additionally, there will be a pop-up wine boutique and the Food Network will be on scene. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Miami Gardens Municipal Complex. You must be 21 or older to enter. Click here for more information. 

Jamaican Jerk Festival

Experience a taste of the Caribbean at the Jamaican Jerk Festival at Markham Park on Sunday. The event will feature a celebrity cook off, a kids fun zone, a party zone and a cultural stage. There will be performances by reggae artists like Tarrus Riley and King Yellowman. The event starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online. Click here for more information. 

Miami Book Fair

If you’re looking for a good new read, the Miami Book Fair kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 12 at Miami-Dade College. The annual week-long literary event will feature a host of speakers, authors and activities. Click here for more information about the events and to see the schedule. 

ZooRun 5k

Get active this weekend at the ZooRun5k and Kidz Medical Services ZooKidsDash. The run will benefit the West Kendall Baptist Hospital and the Zoo Miami Foundations. Runners are encouraged to come wearing their “wildest” animal costumes. Registering for the run allows you entry into Zoo Miami after the race. Participants will also receive a premium themed race shirt, a finisher medal, 50 percent off Zoo Miami admission for friends and family on race day and a post-race festival and brunch. For more information and to register, click here

Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit

Just in time for Veterans Day, an exhibit honoring the famous Tuskegee Airmen -- the first black servicemen to serve as military pilots in the U.S. armed forces --will be on display at the Miramar Cultural Center. The exhibit will feature memorabilia from World War II and will be on display until Dec. 29. For more information, click here. 

Veterans Day

Several restaurants will be offering special deals and discounts for military personnel and veterans on Nov. 11, and many local events will be held to honor the U.S. military. If you or someone you love has served the United States of America, head over to Applebees, Outbeak Steakhouse or a number of other restaurants offering special deals to celebrate and commemorate them. Zoo Miami, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and Miami Seaquarium  will also be offering free admission to U.S. vets. Click here for a list of Veteran’s Day ceremonies in South Florida.

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