A Unique Culinary and Cultural Experience
The 3rd Annual Food and Wine on Pine event is scheduled for May 4 from 11:00 am-6:00 pm and will take place on historic Pine Avenue in the City of Anna Maria. The event is much anticipated every May for several reasons including its unique strolling style presentation, the outstanding food selection from more than 20 locally owned independent restaurants, the variety of art and music as well as the fine wines and craft beers all in the beautiful setting of Anna Maria Island. Organizers describe the event as more of a cultural and culinary experience rather than an event.
Food and Wine on Pine, was first established by restaurateur Ed Chiles at the city’s Pier Centennial in 2011. The goal was to establish a non for profit entity to showcase the variety of sustainable seafood and produce that local independent restaurants are using in their menu selections, highlight the unique and wonderful art and culture of the island and to support local art and children’s charities. Food and Wine on Pine does this and so much more.
The unique and delicious culinary offerings from the impressive list of more than 25 locally owned, independent restaurants as well as Southeast High School and Manatee Technical Institute’s culinary programs will be accompanied by more than 30 wine selections and a variety of domestic and craft beers. Actors in period dress will be performing skits depicting the characters of Anna Maria history including George Emerson Bean, who homesteaded the north end of the island, Charles Roser who built the Roser Church in honor of his wife and Lena Phelps, the islands first school teacher. There will be over 30 unique musical performances. The music at Food and Wine on Pine is a deviation from the music heard at most local events. The music selections include folk, jazz, reggae, bluegrass, classical, blues, in addition to acoustic guitar, percussions, wind instruments and even a bag pipe performance all performed by soloists, duos, trios, quartets and quintets. The event is styled in such a way that clusters and vignettes will be positioned all along Pine Avenue, allowing event guests to discover the music tucked in with the artists, food and wine booths as they meander along the event route. Food and Wine on Pine will also showcase 40+ local juried artists with some situated on the porches of Pine Avenue demonstrating art techniques. Chalk art, minstrels, a children’s interactive activity area, a special student art exhibit as well as an emerging artist’s exhibit will all be part of this unique culinary and cultural event. There will be plenty of seating to take in the various performances and entertainment and to comfortably enjoy delicious food and a glass of wine or beer. Guests strolling through the event will be reminiscent of how the early visitors arrived by steamship from Tampa and other areas to promenade down Pine Avenue to the bathhouse which is now the site of the Sandbar Restaurant.
The event is expected to draw 3000 people interested in experiencing this upscale culinary and cultural event. Entrance to the event is free with wine glasses and plates available for purchase for a total of $3.00. Tickets for food and beverages are $1.00 each. Most items will be priced between 2-8 tickets. Event parking at the Anna Maria Island Community Center and at Crosspoint Fellowship church is free with complimentary trolley rides to Pine Avenue.
Event proceeds will go to benefit local art and children’s charities such as the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra, Anna Maria Island Community Center, Cultural Connections, the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society and Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust. Information on the event can be obtained by contacting Caryn Hodge at 941-778-8705 or firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.foodandwineonpine.com.
Sponsors for the event at the time of this press release include: Brighthouse Networks, AMI Sun Newspaper, JJ Taylor, METV, Sarasota Magazine, Anna Maria Guest Houses, Tidy Coast Event Services, CS & L CPA’s, Sandbar, Beachhouse and Mar Vista Restaurants, Bradenton Herald Newspaper, Madison Avenue Advertising, Edible Sarasota Magazine, Ultraviolet Expressions, Beach Bums, Family Beautiful Magazine, Mosaic, Anna Maria Olive Oil Outpost, Bank of America, Taste, Dining and Travel, The Loft 5 AJ’s Island Network, Suncoast Travel Host Magazine, Blake Medical Center, Mainsail Properties, Emerson’s Studio/Store, Manatee Magazine, Alsco Linens, Edward Don, Tampa Bay Times, Duncan Real Estate, Waste Management, Gagne Construction, Anna Maria Island Resorts, Anna Maria Island Accommodations, J n J Graphics, Jack Elka Photography, Island Photography by Dara Caudill, Town Taster, Green Girl Designs, LaPensee Plumbing, Florida Restaurant Purchasing Group, Cheeta Style, Cannons Marina, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Anna Maria Island Community Center, Anna Maria Beach Cottages, Anna Maria Island Plaza, Anna Maria Island Water Shuttle, Anna Maria Island Outfitters, LLC, Welcome Guide Map, Scovanner and Whittaker, LA Events, Leo Mills & Associates, Miller Electric, Island Cabana, Fish Hole Miniature Golf, Sato Realty, First Bank, Coastal Orthopedics, Bridge Street Merchants, Courtesy Valet, A Paradise Realty.