05 May HALLANDALE BEACH GOYA FOODS FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL – A CELEBRATION FOR ALL AGES
by Eli Khazzam, Economic Development Manager, City of Hallandale Beach
What do kids consider fun today? At the GOYA Foods’ Family Fun Fest, produced by the Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment and the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, kids from all ages watched and participated in live demonstrations of their favorite YouTube and Food Channel chefs. In the age of YouTube, many kids have the opportunity to learn about the preparation of cuisine from all parts of the world. This event was a hands-on, experiential opportunity to do just that.
For two action-packed days of food and fun during February 26 – 27, over 1,000 attendees of all ages descended upon Peter Bluesten Park in Hallandale Beach. For only $15 per person, families had the chance to explore the park’s expansive grounds as they enjoyed the Festival’s various programs. These included hands-on cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, eating, music and dancing, interactive arts, sports, and an opportunity to acquire football skills with the Miami Dolphins organization, who also came with cheerleaders.
One of the biggest attractions in the Festival was the numerous food trucks that participated and were conveniently stationed around the perimeter of the event. Attendees had their choice of desserts, barbequed fare, sliders, baked goods, and soft drinks. Cold water and juices were also readily available for attendees to keep them cool.
The Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency gave out gift bags complete with healthy snacks and gear for the warm, sunny days which were popular among adults and children. FreeBee electric golf carts were onsite to provide free and easy transportation to and from all parking venues.
The Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency facilitates such events as they drive awareness to the City’s park amenities and support a variety of local businesses. As South Florida emerges from over a year of pandemic restrictions, the GOYA Foods’ Family Fun Fest was also an opportunity to get fresh air, engage in physical activities, and enjoy two days straight of celebrity chefs on stage – all in a safe, open air environment.