The Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island will hold the Taste of Pine Island on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will take place at Phillips Park on Pine Island Road behind the Pine Island Fire Station.
The annual event will feature over 11 local restaurants including Waterfront Restaurant of St. James City, Miceli’s Restaurant of Matlacha, Sandy Hook Restaurant of Matlacha, Moretti’s Restaurant of Matlacha and Perfect Cup of Matlacha. The Taste of Pine Island will also feature over 70 arts and craft vendors. Live entertainment throughout the day will include the Pine Island Trio, SoapBox, Rock Band, Youth String Quartet, Calendar Girls, Pine Island Dance Team and Strange Arrangement.
In conjunction with The Kiwanis Taste of Pine Island, the eighth annual Southwest Florida Chowder Cook-off Contest will also be held, which the public can judge. Perfect Cup will be defending their winning title, which they have held for the past four years.
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 may be purchased at the event or in advance at local island banks, Century 21 Realty in St. James City and the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce. Only 2,500 tickets are to be sold.
The day’s events are family-friendly with live music, strongman contest and children’s activities including train rides, rock climbing and bounce houses. Tickets are five dollars and children 10-and-under are free. Event planners expect over 3,000 to attend.
The Taste of Pine Island is the primary fundraiser for the Kiwanis Pine Island Youth Scholarship Fund. This year the club hopes to raise over $20,000 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 Taste of Pine Island is sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island. Event co-sponsors include SunTrust Bank, Pine Island Realty, Inc., LCEC, Budweiser Beverages, Greater Pine Island Water Co., Honc Industries, Nautical Mile., TIB Bank, SW Capital Bank, Ad&PrintCraft Printing & Website, CoveSystems, Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, Adams & Brinson P.A., Classic Rock 94.5, Lite 93.7 and Fox News 92.5.
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 printing@AdandPrintCraft.com, call (239) 283-0777 or visit www.TasteofPineIsland.com.