Redland Riot Road Rallye: Eat Monkey Bread, Drink Milkshakes and Learn Stuff
Despite our close proximity to the Redlands, Homestead and the Everglades, how much do most Miamians really know about our agro-Arcadia? For most of us, trips south likely consist of a Starbucks stop en route to the Keys or a Sunday morning cinnamon roll excursion. But there's more than meets the eye in the Redlands region, and Miamians who participate in this Saturday's Redland Riot Road Rallye will find out exactly what.
Courtesy of Robert Burr
Part road trip, part history lesson, the Rallye leads teams on a leisurely trip through some of the Homestead area's famous haunts, led by local tour guide extraordinaire Robert Burr. From Robert is Here to the Fruit & Spice Park, participants get to eat their way across the countryside, stroll in the footsteps of Florida's citrus pioneers, and answer cryptic questions along the way.
The concept kicked off in 1991 when founder Robert Burr started leading friends on informal tours through the Redland region. Burr, a seventh generation Floridian, grew up picking produce and exploring the lush bounty of South Dade.
"There's a general perception that the Redlands area is just a bunch of dirt and farms, but the underlying message here is that there are truly charming, wonderful places that are different from any other kind of experience in South Florida," Burr says.
In the '90s, his tour groups would stop for goodies and Burr would wax on about local lore. Over the years, the crew grew and grew, and in 2006, there were so many participants that Burr changed the format and created a competition.
Thus the Road Rallye was born. These days, each car is its own team, and participants get a map, driving directions and a set of questions based on signs, images, buildings and items en route. It's $10 per car, and teams mosey along at their own pace. Rallye-goers will learn about the citrus boom of the 1800s, taste jackfruit and wax jambu and get some QT with local characters.