ANNA MARIA -- The third annual Food and Wine on Pine is expected to draw 3,000 attendees this weekend.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4 on historic Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria.
The event features strolling presentations, varied food selections from more than 25 independent local restaurants, art, music and fine wines and craft beers.
Organizers describe the event as a cultural and culinary experience.
Food and Wine on Pine, first established by restaurateur Ed Chiles at the Pier Centennial in 2011, helped establish a not-for-profit entity to showcase seafood and produce used by local independent restaurants and to highlight island art and culture.
Proceeds support art and children's charities.
Actors in period dress will perform skits based on Anna Maria history, including George Emerson Bean, who homesteaded the north end of the island; Charles Roser, who built Roser Church in honor of his wife; and Lena Phelps, the island's first school teacher.
There will be more 30 musical performances, including folk, jazz, reggae, bluegrass, classical, blues, acoustic guitar, percussions, wind instruments and a bag pipe performance.
Food and Wine on Pine also will showcase 40-plus local juried artists along with chalk art, minstrels, children's interactive activity area, special student art exhibit and emerging artist exhibit.
Relish Café and Market Place will hold a Kentucky Derby Hat Contest from11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with thewinner of the $100 first prize announced at 1:30 p.m.
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society also will give tours of the Historical Museum and Belle Haven Cottage.
Author Jim Kissick ofAnna Maria Island willsign his books on the Roser Church FellowshipHall porch, with proceeds going to the Roser Memorial Missions. The Roser Memorial Chapel will be open for prayer and historical information.
Wine glasses and plates will be available for $3; tickets for food and beverages will be $1. Most items will be priced between two and eight tickets.
Event parking at the Anna Maria Island Community Center and at CrosspointFellowship church is free with complimentary trolley rides to Pine Avenue.
Proceeds from the event will benefit 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: Caryn Hodge at 941-778-8705, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to foodandwineonpine.com.
IF YOU GO
What: Food and Wine on Pine
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4
Where: historic Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria
Cost: Wine glasses and plates available for $3 and tickets for food and beverages at $1. Most items will be priced between two and eight tickets.
Parking: At the Anna Maria Island Community Center and Crosspoint Fellowship Church is free with complimentary trolley rides to Pine Avenue.
Contact: Caryn Hodge at 941-778-8705, e-mail email@example.com or go to foodandwineonpine.com.