Published: Jan 22, 2014 6:12 AM EST
Updated: Jan 22, 2014 7:05 AM EST

PINE ISLAND, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2014) – The Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island will hold the annual Taste of Pine Island on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will take place at Phillips Park (5675 Sesame Drive) on Pine Island Road behind the Pine Island Fire Station in Bokeelia. Single day tickets are five dollars, two-day passes are eight dollars and children 10-and-under are free. Event planners expect over 5,000 in attendance per day.

The Taste of Pine Island will feature over 100 food and craft vendors. The live entertainment on Saturday will be Strange Arrangement (11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.), Wild Caught (1:30- 3:45 p.m.) and Grayson Rogers Band (4:25- 8 p.m.) On Sunday the lineup will be Pine Island Steel (11 a.m.), The Whole Tones (12- 2:15 p.m.), Justin (2:15-2:45 p.m.) and Wild Caught (2:45- 5 p.m.) The Taste of Pine Island is family-friendly event with children’s activities including rock climbing, face painting, bounce houses and rides. No Coolers or pets are permitted.

In conjunction with The Kiwanis Taste of Pine Island, the eleventh annual Southwest Florida Chowder Cook-off Contest will take place Saturday and the third annual Chili Cook-off Contest will be held Sunday. The public will be able to sample and judge the entries. The Fish Drop Drawing will also take place at the event with a $1,000 grand prize, $500 second place prize and $250 third place prize. Fish Drop raffle tickets and Taste of Pine Island tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance at Century 21 Realty in St. James City, Ad&PrintCraft Marketing in Bokeelia Capital Bank in St. James City, and the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce in Matlacha.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island has also incorporated a canned food drive to be held at the Taste of Pine Island. “We are collecting for the local food pantry, so that in our celebration of the great culinary options in Pine Island we don’t forget about those that are in need,” said Taste Chairman Pat Burman.

The Taste of Pine Island is the primary fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island Youth Scholarship Fund. This year the club hopes to raise over $25,000 at the event to assist Pine Island students with their higher education costs. Since 1985, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island has provided over $200,000 in scholarships and has helped other island organizations.

The 2014 co-sponsors of The Taste of Pine Island are: Cambio Dermatology, SunTrust Bank, Lee County Electric Co-op, Budweiser, Cabot Cheese, Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, Pine Island Water Co., Inc., Adams & Brinson, Attys.,, Champion Self Storage, Ad&PrintCraft Printing & Marketing, Honc Industries, Capital Bank, Pine Island Realty, Inc., Stonegate Bank, Pine Island Eagle & Breeze Newspapers, Cover Farms, Island Visions, 96.9 More FM. 93X and 94.5 The Arrow.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island is a community service organization that meets every Friday at Bert’s of Matlacha. For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island and the Taste of Pine Island, e-mail chairman, Pat Burman at, call (239) 558-8207 or visit