FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Junior League of Fort Myers will bring its 31st annual food festival to an all-new location in 2013.
The annual charity fundraiser brings together "tastes" from local restaurants, music, children's entertainment and more to its first new venue in 20 years: JetBlue Park at Fenway South.
According to Junior League officials, Fenway South provides the perfect location for guests to sample delicious food and enjoy local bands on the grounds. Event entry costs will remain an affordable $5 while children under the age of 12 are free.
This year marks the 31st Taste of the Town event, which has previously been located in other venues, namely the campus of the Alliance for the Arts and Edison State College. The event began in the early 1980s as a public picnic, called "The French Picnic," in which Junior League members prepared and served all the food. Since then, Taste of the Town has developed into a locally anticipated event, bringing an average of 10,000 guests from all over Southwest Florida.
Funds raised at Taste of the Town contribute directly to the Junior League's volunteer programs, which currently include programs to fight childhood obesity, support at-risk youth and provide local mini-grants.
The Junior League of Fort Myers, Inc., a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLFM membership is open to all women aged 21 and older of all races, religions and national origin who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.
JetBlue Park at Fenway South is the Boston Red Sox's 106-acre Spring Training and Player Development Complex, located at 11500 Fenway South Drive off Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers. JetBlue Park includes a number of venue locations for up to thousands of people including the left-field deck, concourse, right-field picnic area, Fenway South Drive and 20 acres adjacent to the park.