Anna Maria celebrates local food, art and wine

May 2, 2013 

The event is called Food and Wine on Pine, but organizer Caryn Hodge said the name tells only part of the story.

Sure, she said, there will be plenty of great food with offerings from 27 independent restaurants (no chains), and more than 30 varieties of upscale wine.

But Food and Wine on Pine also showcases other aspects of the culture of Anna Maria Island and its environs. The event also features craft beers, work by local artists, live music from dozens of performers, and characters in period garb relating tales and sharing information about island history.

There many different elements to the third annual event, but Hodge said the popular street fair's through-line is its emphasis on all things local. The craft beer comes from a local brewer, the wine from local distributors. Restaurants are encouraged to use fresh food, locally grown and raised.

"We want stuff that's out of the ground, out of the ground, out of the ground," Hodge said.

Instead of having entertainment on stages away from the rest of the event, Food and Wine on Pine features "vignettes," small clusters where food and wine are offered and musicians perform.

Also all up and down Pine Avenue, about 40 artists will take part in a juried art show. All art work is for sale.

Free parking is available at Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., just a couple of blocks away, and at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, with free trolley service to the event.

Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 4, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria Island. Tickets: Free. Information: 941-778-8705, foodandwineonpine.com.

-- Marty Clear

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