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Kiwanis ‘Taste of Pine Island’ this weekend

January 20, 2015
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island will hold its annual "Taste of Pine Island" this weekend at Phillips Park in Bokeelia.

Saturday's hours are from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday's hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.

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A crane drops brightly-colored fish from the sky for the Fish Drop Drawing at the Taste of Pine Island. The annual fund-raiser will be held Jan. 24 and 25 at Phillips Park (5675 Sesame Drive) off Pine Island Road behind the Pine Island Fire Station in Bokeelia. Fish drop raffle tickets are currently on sale at several island locations.


This two-day event is packed with live music, entertainment and great food.

"We expect more than 100 food and craft vendors," chairman Pat Burman said. "And the live entertainment will include Trailer Park Barbie and the Boys, Pine Island Dance, 24 Carat Band, Strange Arrangement and Coast Connection Band."

There will also be the annual Southwest Florida Chili Cook-off Contest on Sunday where 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 more information on the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island and the Taste of Pine Island, e-mail chairman, Pat Burman at, call her offer number (239) 283-0777or visit

Phillips Park is at 5675 Sesame Drive, behind the fire station.



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