Kitchen Stadium Returns to MDC’s Miami Book Fair

Miami Book Fair will take place Nov. 12-19 at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami

Miami, Oct. 12, 2017 – From gourmet cuisine to budget cooking, celebrity chefs and authors will share their philosophies and winning recipes at The Kitchen, the tastiest component of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Book Fair (MBF), the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering.

The Kitchen, with a new location at the corner N.E. Second Ave and N.E. Third St., is sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Panda Kitchen and Bath. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience cooking demos and culinary discussions at the state-of-the-art outdoor Kitchen Stadium during the Street Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 – 19.

“Downtown Miami is thrilled to host Kitchen Stadium, an entire weekend featuring culinary personalities that will share their experiences with visitors and tourists in the urban core,” said Alyce Robertson, Executive Director Miami DDA. “Events such as this not only contribute to our flourishing arts and cultural scene, they help define it.”

This year’s presenters will include Lidia Bastianich, Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian: 220 Foolproof Recipes That Make Every Meal a Party; Jim Lahey, The Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook; Matt Jennings, Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots; Michael Ruhlman, Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America; and Maricel E. Presilla, Peppers of the Americas: The Remarkable Capsicums That Forever Changed Flavor, among many others.

Special event in The Kitchen:  Booking the Cooks – An Evening of Scrumptious Bites to Benefit Miami Book Fair and Slow Food Miami will take place:

Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m.
Kitchen Stadium (S.E corner of N.E. Third Street and Second Ave.)
$60, Tickets on sale Oct. 18, at

This year, MBF and Slow Food Miami team up to excite your senses with food, drinks, and celebrity chef demos to kick off this year’s weekend-long festival. At this exclusive VIP reception, guests will savor tastes that are created by local, farm-to-table chefs, just as they appear in their cookbooks. Norman Van Aken, Cindy Hutson, Allen Susser, Adrianne Calvo, Victor Santos and Richard Ingraham will offer bites and showcase demos throughout the event, bringing their cookbooks to life.  Slow Food Miami “Snail of Approval” honorees will also provide locally produced spirits, beer, coffee, kombucha, and chocolates. Proceeds will benefit MBF and Slow Food Miami Edible Garden Programs.  

Street Fair admission is $8 Saturday and Sunday; $5 for ages 13 to 18 and 62 and over; free for ages 12 and younger. Some seminars require an additional ticket.

To view all program information and schedules, or download a PDF of the complete Fairgoer’s guide, please visit

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Miami Book Fair
Founded in 1984 by Miami Dade College and partners, Miami Book Fair engages the community through inclusive, accessible programs that promote reading and support writers year round. The annual eight-day festival has grown into the largest and most comprehensive community-rooted literary gathering in the United States. The Fair features readings and discussions with the world’s most renowned authors, generating discourse on contemporary literature and current issues of international importance. The Fair also include culinary presentations; live music and interdisciplinary performances; interactive, educational activities for children; and more than 200 booksellers and publishers during the Street Fair. Events take place in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and French. In addition to the annual festival, the Miami Book Fair responds to community needs with a year-round schedule of activities, including The Little Haiti Book Festival, highlighting Haiti’s literary acumen; creative writing and publishing workshops; author presentations; reading campaigns and Read to Learn Books for Free, a partnership with The Children’s Trust that distributes more than 150,000 free books a year to children in Miami-Dade County.

Miami Book Fair is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development Authority; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners. Miami Book Fair: Building community, one reader at a time.

Miami Book Fair contact: Lisa Palley, 305-642-3132  or Deyanira Navarrette, 305-495-7168,