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Taste of Pine Island Jan. 24-25

By Staff | Jan 13, 2015

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island will hold the annual Taste of Pine Island Saturday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will take place at Phillips Park (5675 Sesame Drive) off Pine Island Road behind the Pine Island Fire Station in Bokeelia.

Single day tickets are $6, two-day passes are $10 and children 10-and-under are free. Event planners expect over 3,000 to attend.

The two-day event will be packed with live music, entertainment and great food, and will feature over 100 food and craft vendors.

The live entertainment will include Trailer Park Barbie and the Boys, Pine Island Dance, 24 Carat Band, Strange Arrangement and Coast Connection Band.

The Taste of Pine Island is family-friendly event with children’s activities and games. No Coolers or pets are permitted.

In conjunction with The Kiwanis Taste of Pine Island, the12th annual Southwest Florida Chowder Cook-off Contest will take place Saturday and the fourth annual Chili Cook-off Contest will be held Sunday. The public will be able to sample and judge the entries from restaurants such as Olde Fish House Restaurant and Marina, Perfect Cup, Bert’s Bar & Grill and Sandy Hook Fish & Rib House, Saltwater Smoke House and more.

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 and the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce in Matlacha.

The Taste of Pine Island is the primary fund-raiser for the Kiwanis 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 $350,000 in scholarships and has helped other island organizations.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island is a community service organization that meets every Friday at Bert’s of Matlacha.

For additional information on the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island and the Taste of Pine Island, e-mail chairman Pat Burman at info@PineIslandKiwanis.com, call her offer number 239-283-0777 or visit www.TasteofPineIsland.com.