By: Carol Erickson
“Food and Wine on Pine was a Fabulous Time”
On Saturday, May 3rd, the 5th Annual Food and Wine on Pine event was held in the City of Anna Maria. It was the perfect day and idyllic setting to taste wine and indulge in tasty culinary creations. There were 20 area restaurants that participated complemented by 30 wines and craft beers. Interspersed amongst the food and wine were various artists and a juried art show. New this year was a Kentucky Derby tent that broadcasted the races and even had a hat contest for the ladies. Rounding out the festive atmosphere was a diverse array of musical entertainment. Local bands and entertainers were throughout all of Pine Avenue.
I arrived early and planned on only spending 1-2 hours walking around but ended up staying all day. Pine Avenue is absolutely charming and the booths were easy and comfortable to navigate. There was a wide variety of foods and wines so there was definitely something for everyone. I especially enjoyed trying the liquid nitrogen ice cream from Bridge Street Bistro and the sushi rolls from Tsunami. The Polpo Pizza food truck was so stylish. The wine was plentiful with many varietals to choose from. It was fun expanding my appreciation for wines and learning so much from the knowledgeable vendors.
A pleasant surprise was the reasonable pricing. Entrance fee was $2, wine tastings $1 and food was $3-$7. Even better, the proceeds benefited many local Anna Maria charities.
Aqua Marketing & Communications, Inc.
Final Countdown to 5th Annual Food and Wine on Pine
Culinary and Cultural Event in Anna Maria to Benefit Local Non-Profits
ANNA MARIA, FLA. (April 24, 2015) –The Chiles Restaurant Group will host the 5th Annual Food and Wine on Pine, taking place on Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. The annual event features the best food, wine, art and music the area has to offer. Highlights and important event info follows:
Food and Wine:
Guests can expect local and seasonal Florida foods provided by more than 20 of the areas locally owned and independent restaurants. The culinary experience will showcase locally sourced farm-to-fork produce and tide-to-table heritage seafood from the Gulf waters. More than 30 wines and a variety of craft beers will complement the food creations.
Art and Performances:
Food and Wine on Pine will feature actors dressed in period costumes strolling Pine Avenue acting out scripts and telling tales of Anna Maria’s storied past and street performances. There will also be artwork from over half a dozen Manatee County students and pieces created by local artists available for purchase – clay works, jewelry, photography, oil/acrylic paintings, glass, wood, fiber, leather pieces and more.
The event will feature over 30 unique, live musical performances. With genres of bluegrass, Indie rock, jazz, folk, and everything in between, music will fill the air throughout the day-long event.
For the Kids:
The event offers an interactive children’s tent where children can tap into their inner artist by creating an art project or helping to paint the Tom Sawyer fence. There will also be plenty of kid-friendly food such as hot dogs, chicken tenders and ice cream.
Free parking is available at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria and Crosspointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach with free trolley shuttles from Crosspointe or anywhere on Anna Maria.
Kentucky Derby Tent:
New for 2015 is the Pine Avenue Downs, a fully loaded Kentucky Derby tent sponsored by The Rotary Club of Anna Maria, Jim Beam and Tito’s Vodka. The tent is outfitted with two big screen TV’s televising the races with great prizes for win, play and show. The “Pine Avenue Downs” tent will be serving Kentucky Derby inspired cocktails. There will also be a Kentucky Derby Hat Contest.
In the event of inclement weather, Food and Wine on Pine has an alternative rain date of May 3.
There is a $2.00 entry fee. Tickets for food and beverages are available for $1.00 each, cash only (ATM access available). Most food items will be priced between 2-10 tickets. Purchase of a wine glass and food tray is $1.00 for the set, with wine and beer tastings $1.00 each. Wine by the glass (6 oz.) is 5 tickets and beer by the glass (12 oz.) is 3-5 tickets.
For more information, please visit: http://www.foodandwineonpine.com/.
AMI Community Center
AMI Preservation Trust
AMI Sun Newspaper
Anna Maria Guest House
Anna Maria Island Olive Oil Outpost
Aqua Marketing and Communication, Inc.
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
Beach Bums Rentals
Beach House Restaurant
Blake Medical Center
Blue Berry Festival
Bradenton Area Economic Development Council
Bradenton Area Visitors Bureau
Bridge Walk Resorts
Brighthouse Networks, Inc.
Brown & Sons
Island Coffee Haus
Island Real Estate
LEO Mills & Associates
Mainsail Beach Inn
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant
Porges, Hamlin, Knowles and Hawk Law Group
Roser Community Church
Rotary International of Anna Maria Island
SATO Real Estate
Schimberg Group, Inc.
Scovanner and Whittaker
Signs Now/Allegra Bradenton
Silver Surf Resorts
Tampa Bay Times
Taste, Dining and Travel
Two Scoops Ice Cream Parlor
Ultra Violet Expressions
West Coast Woman Magazine
Caryn V. Hodge
Event Chair, Food and Wine on Pine
Marketing Director, Chiles Restaurant Group