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More than 20 top restaurants sign on for 2010 Taste of the Islands

By Staff | Nov 1, 2010

Residents and visitors who come out to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife’s (CROW) 29th annual Taste of the Islands on Sunday, Nov. 21 will sample dishes and desserts from 22 of Sanibel and Captiva’s finest restaurants.

Confirmed island eateries include Blue Giraffe, The Bubble Room, Cantina Captiva, Cip’s Place, Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille, East End Deli, Il Tesoro, Island Pizza Company/, Jacaranda Restaurant, Lazy Flamingo, Matzaluna Italian Kitchen, Over Easy Café, Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream, Sanibel Deli, Chip’s Sanibel Steakhouse, Schnapper’s Hots, Sea Star Cafe & Bar, Sweet Melissa’s, Timbers Restaurant and Fish Market, Traders, The Stone Crab and The Mucky Duck.

These restaurants have signed on as food vendors for this “Best Island Event,” giving them an opportunity to show off signature recipes and show support for CROW, which operates a Florida wildlife clinic to care for sick and injured animals and an education center that provides information to the public on its work and ways humans can prevent harm to animals.

Historically, Taste of the Islands brings out thousands of people not only for the food, but also live music, entertainment and children’s activities. One of CROW’s largest fundraising venues, the event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Sanibel Community Park, at 2231 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel.

Timbers Restaurant will be celebrating its 29th year of participating in Taste of the Islands and is one of the original featured restaurants.

“We’ve found the festival a fun way to connect with island residents and potential customers, while supporting a worthy cause,” said Timbers’ Manager Mark Blust. “We wouldn’t miss it.”

“The restaurants make the event and this year we exceeded our expectations in getting area restaurants on board, so there will be even more delicious options for event goers,” added event chairwoman Melissa Congress. “With the entertainment and other activities we have planned, there will truly be something for everyone at the event.”

Admission tickets are $5 per person at the gate, or can be purchased in advance at a discount rate of five tickets for $20 at CROW’s Visitor Education Center, located at 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, or at Bank of the Islands, located at the corner of Periwinkle Way and Casa Ybel Road.

For additional information about the 2010 Taste of the Islands, visit www.tastesanibelcaptiva.com.