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Casa Ybel Resort to host Island Nights Fall Festival

By Staff | Oct 26, 2017

Casa Ybel Resort will hold their first annual Island Nights Fall Festival behind Thistle Lodge Saturday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 9 p.m. PHOTO PROVIDED

Casa Ybel Resort will celebrate the arrival of autumn with their first-ever Island Nights Fall Festival scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 9:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public and will take place behind the resort.

Michael Allen, food and beverage director at Casa Ybel Resort, said the event will feature local vendors, live music, food, rum and craft beer samples from Wicked Dolphin Distillery and Point Ybel Brewing Company, a dessert station, face painting and henna tattoos, a bounce house, pumpkin bowling and pumpkin painting, goodie bags for the kids and a movie.

“I want to do fun things for the community that they don’t have,” Allen said.

The event is free to attend, however, meal tickets can be purchased for different prices. All of the samplings were curated by chefs John Wolfe and Jamie Crisp. Allen said there will be two different menus: the “Fall Harvest” menu will offer hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of.

The “Taste of Thistle” menu is comprised of the resort’s signature dishes. Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 the day of.

“It’s a sampling of what you’re going to get at Thistle Lodge,” Allen said.

Advanced tickets can be purchased at www.opentable.com/thistle-lodge-restaurant.

Event schedule:

* The Wild Wizard of Edison Ford will make an appearance at 3:30 p.m. and will put on a science-based show for the kids.

* Freecoasters will play from 4 to 8 p.m.

* The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum will do a touch tank exhibit with a Q&A to follow afterwards at 4:45 p.m.

In addition to those activities, the resort will have a make-shift bake shop underneath a white big tent outside. The dessert will range in price from $1-$5.

“We’ll have a custom dessert similar to a cake pop, pies, cookies and brownies,” Allen said.

There will also be a candied apple station where guests can make their own concoctions.

The festival will conclude with a movie topped with gourmet popcorn at 8 p.m.

One of Allen’s main goals for the fall festival is to shine a light on local vendors.

“We’re going to be pulling people that don’t frequent Sanibel – that’s my goal. People who don’t come to Sanibel don’t know that this is a hidden gem,” Allen said. “I want them to see that there’s other people here that they can come visit.”

For more information, call 239-472-3145 or go to casaybelresort.com.