Pine Avenue in the City of Anna Maria will be the site of the 4th Annual Food and Wine on Pine event Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. This event will provide the best food, wine, art and music the area has to offer. Attendees will experience an upscale art and culinary event showcasing fresh, local and seasonal Florida foods provided by 25 of the areas locally owned and independent restaurants as well as creative offerings from the student culinary programs of Southeast High School and Manatee Technical Institute. The food creations will be complimented by more than 30 wines and a variety of craft beers. The way the vendors are positioned at the event makes it one of the most unique events our area offers and a favorite among locals and visitors alike.
In addition to the variety of unique food, craft beers and array of wines, various art attractions are planned including a juried art show with over 40 local fine artists representing a variety of mediums such as watercolor, metalwork, fused glass, Gyotaku, and jewelry. Chalk art demonstrations with interactive fun and a student art exhibit are also planned. Because history is an integral part of Anna Maria, actors will be dressed in period costumes telling tales of Anna Maria’s storied past. In addition, there will be street performers and over 30 unique musical acts. The event is family friendly with a children’s art and activity area that encourages children to tap into their inner artist by creating an art project or helping to paint the Tom Sawyer fence.
The event is styled in such a way that numerous vignettes will be positioned all along Pine Avenue from Gulf Drive to the historic Roser Church, with plenty of seating to take in the various performances and entertainment. The vignettes will be combinations of the various vendors. Event attendees may find a musician next to an artist and at another location a restaurant may be paired with a winery and a musician. Mini stages as well as the porches of Pine Avenue buildings, street corners and the avenue’s nooks and crannies will house the various vendors positioned to give the feel of a meandering stroll down one of the most historic streets in Anna Maria. It is 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.
New this year is a Kentucky Derby tent dubbed “Pine Avenue Downs”, which will televise the races and offer chance “betting” with prizes and themed derby activities including derby drinks, a hat contest, sponsored by Relish Café and Market Place and much, much more derby fun. The derby tent will be hosted by the Anna Maria Rotary Club and Brighthouse Networks.
The event is expected to draw upwards of 10,000 people interested in experiencing this upscale culinary and cultural event. There is a $2.00 entry fee with children under 12 free. Tickets for food and beverages are $1.00 each. Most food 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 free 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 Connection, the Artists Guild of Anna Maria, the Historical Society of Anna Maria and the Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust. Information on the event and on sponsorship opportunities can be obtained by contacting Caryn Hodge at 941-778-8705 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors for the event at the time of this release include: Brighthouse, JJ Taylor, Anna Maria Guest Houses, Two Scoops, CS & L CPA’s, Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper, Sarasota Magazine, WUSF, Tidy Coast Event Services, Sandbar, Beachhouse and Mar Vista Restaurants, Bradenton Herald, Mosaic, Beach Bums, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, Madison Avenue Advertising, Ultra Violet Expressions, Family Beautiful Magazine, Anna Maria Island Olive Oil Outpost, Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Mainsail Properties, Taste, Dining and Travel Magazine, Erik Abrahamson, METV, Emerson Humor, Alsco Linens, Rex and Helen Hagen Foundation, Benderson Development, Tampa Bay Times, Anna Maria Island Resorts, J n J Graphics, Anna Maria Island Accommodations, Michael Saunders & Company Real Estate (Cheryl Roberts, Margaret Ann “Mugsie” Quinlan. Debbie Capobianco, Jody Shinn, Judy LaValliere), LaPensee Plumbing, Islandphotography.org, Sherri’s Island Images, Town Taster Magazine, SRQ Airport, Greene Girl Designs, Total Comfort Cooling and Heating, Fisher Tile, Procter Productions, Miller Electric, Scovanner and Whittaker, Cheeta Art, Anna Maria Island Community Center, First Bank, Island Real Estate, Sato Realty, Anna Maria Island Shuttle Service, Relish Café and Market Place, A Paradise Realty, Mixon Insurance, Courtesy Valet, Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust, Probuild, RJ Accoustical, EcoLab, Jansen and Sons, Leo Mills, Sammy’s Seafood, Synergy Lighting Supply, Jay Elkins Construction, Sustainable Authentic Florida, Blake Hospital, Roser Church, Schimberg Group.