It was day full of events in Miami. We had the grand opening for the MetroRail Orange Line at the Government Center in downtown Miami as well as City of Miami’s “Sweet 116” party at Mary Brickell Village in Brickell.
City of Miami was incorporated on July 28, 1896 with a population of approximately 300. There were far more than that attending the city’s birthday party this afternoon. Organized and hosted by Silvia Morales of DowntownMiami.com, the birthday party was officiated by Mayor Tomas Regalado. Owner/baker Letty Alvarez of LA Sweets provided the 2000 mini gourmet cupcakes to create the towering birthday cake. Speaking with Silvia at the start of the event, she noted that no city funds were used for the “Sweet 116” party.
Free food, beer and wine were provided by the Mary Brickell Village restaurants (and bottled water from LA Fitness). I particularly enjoyed the BBQ pork sandwich with Carolina sauce from soon-to-open Brother Jimmy’s BBQ. I also sampled meatballs from Burger, Beer, and Balls and chocolates at Mr. Ganache Chocolatier. Rosa Mexicano had their signature guacamole available while Taverna Opa offered some Greek favorites. There were raffles throughout the day for gift certificates to MBV shops and a craft tent was set up for the kids by Art with Fun.
Leonardo Hidalgo was on hand to sign event posters featuring his art, with the $10 price benefitting Olympia Theater at Gusman Center. He was assisted by the charming young ladies – Elybeth Villanueva and Yari Marie Truffin (Miss Brickell Teen 2013 and Miss Miami Teen 2013 respectively). DowntownMiami.com also arranged for other local artists to display pieces as a preview to the new Brickell Art Walk. My absolute favorite was a painting titled “Bang Bang” by Diana Contreras. I am looking forward to seeing more of her work in the future.
Without a doubt, City of Miami’s “Sweet 116” was a huge success, bringing local residents out to meet the newest merchants at Mary Brickell Village and visiting established favorites. Enjoy the photos of the City of Miami birthday bash below, and be sure to check back tomorrow for part 2 of my busy busy day: Miami MetroRail’s new Orange Line to Miami International Airport.