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MDC Culinary Students to Participate in 50th Coconut Grove Arts Festival


Miami, February 11, 2013 - Miami Dade College (MDC) Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) and hospitality students will participate in the milestone 50th Anniversary of The Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami’s iconic three-day celebration of the arts across multiple disciplines. This year, the festival will take place February 16 – 18.      

MCI Director Chef John Richards, Professor and Chef Collen Engle and students will present on Monday, Feb. 18, at the popular Culinary Pavilion, which has hosted world-renowned chefs and authors, including Douglas Rodriguez, Marc Randazzo, WLRN radio host Linda Gassenheimer, Top Chef contestant Ron Duprat, community supported agriculture advocate Teena Borek, and acclaimed author Jeff Lindsay, among others.

Building upon MDC’s rich history and strong ties with the community, the MCI blends technology, sustainability and world-class education, trailblazing Miami’s unique cuisine and food culture innovation. To learn more, please visit

Produced by the non-profit Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association, Inc., the Coconut Grove Arts Festival showcases the works of 360 internationally recognized artists who are selected from nearly 1,300 applicants. Jurors evaluate the artist’s work and displays to select participants in such categories as mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking & drawing, watercolor, claywork, glass, fiber, jewelry & metalwork, sculpture and wood. 

Proceeds help fund year-round arts programs benefitting a scholarship fund that will create opportunities for Miami-Dade County’s talented students to continue their art education. Since its inception in 1963, the association has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to students who attend fine arts programs in local schools. MDC’s talented MCI students have routinely been asked to participate and present in the region’s most prestigious cultural events

For more information about the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, please visit   

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