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CROW gearing up for Taste Of The Islands

By Staff | Sep 29, 2010

One of the island’s most popular community events — the 29th Annual Taste of the Islands, staged by the Sanibel-based Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc. (CROW) — returns to Sanibel City Park on Sunday, Nov. 21 from noon to 6 p.m.

“Taste Of The Islands has become a signature of island life,” said Susan Petersen Tucker, CROW board president. “CROW is always pleased with the turnout not just from island residents, but also from local community members, businesses and volunteers."

Voted “Best Island Event” for several years, Taste Of The Islands brings together the island’s finest restaurants in a celebration of Sanibel style cuisine, all while raising money for CROW’s mission to care for sick and injured native and migratory wildlife.

"The event is a vital way we raise funds to further our mission to save wildlife through compassion, care and education,” said Tucker.

Attendees of this year’s Taste Of The Islands will enjoy delicious dishes from local establishments, live music and a recipe competition that will challenge the island’s finest chefs to come up with a new dish featuring a yet-to-be-named native ingredient.

Event-goers can also vote for their favorites in categories in the People’s Choice Awards for categories as Best Vegetarian, Best Appetizer, Best Meat, Best Seafood, Best Dessert and Best Booth Presentation.

Since 1969, CROW has provided high-quality medical care to as many as 4,000 patients each year covering 200 species. The clinic also provides a series of ongoing in-house and offsite educational programs for island visitors as well as a variety of local groups and organizations.

“Through our efforts, we strive to increase public awareness of the impact things like land development, habitat destruction and environmental hazards have on animals,” Tucker added. “Through compassion, care and education, we hope to help preserve native species and balance their need for natural habitat with our needs as people.”

Once again this year, renowned artist and former Sanibel resident Ikki Matsumoto has created a unique illustration featuring five birds and a turtle carrying Caribbean-style dishes on the beach. Matsumoto’s logo "captures the essence of the festival and CROW’s mission to care for sick and injured wildlife."

The logo will be featured on all festival collateral, including T-shirts, posters and signage.

For more information about Taste Of The Islands, call 395-0048 or visit www.tastesanibelcaptiva.com.