Anna Maria Island draws wine, food and art lovers to annual event

Anna Maria draws wine, food and art lovers to event

jdeleon@bradenton.comMay 5, 2013 

ANNA MARIA -- Food, wine and art lovers came out to Anna Maria on Saturday for an afternoon filled with good eats and good spirits.

The third annual Food and Wine on Pine took place along Pine Avenue, drawing crowds of residents and visitors alike who enjoyed more than just the food and drink, but the music, art and a little bit of island charm.

"This seemed like an amazing event, that the minute I heard about it I called Caryn Hodge and asked how can we get in," said Ann Marie Lewis.

Lewis, of Sarasota, along with her husband and their company Health Source Chiropractic and Rehab Center, were corporate sponsors of the event. While it was her first time at the event, Lewis says her family vacations on the island every year.

"We've been to beaches around the world and these are the best beaches," Lewis said.

The event proved to be everything she hoped.

"The food, it's amazing. We also have been sampling the wine," Lewis said.

Food and Wine on Pine also attracted visitors. Joan and Bud Lewis were in town to visit family, but found time to check out the food and drinks.

"It was something to do and we like wine," said Joan Lewis.

The couple, who have been coming to Bradenton for 25 years, spent the afternoon tasting wine and food.

"The food was very good. We had some shrimp from the Riverhouse," said Joan Lewis. "The wine has been amazing."

Vendors were also enjoying a day to exhibit what they have to offer. "Today has been fantastic. We've had very favorable responses," said

Michael Yourison.

Yourison, of Sarasota, is founder of Buonafide Food and Wines and presented Italian wines from the Umbria region that he imports.

"We are very grateful. It gives us an opportunity to showcase our wines and tell people where they can get them," Yourison said. "These are wines you would not typically be able to find in the U.S. in Florida."

Also featured along Pine Avenue on Saturday were many local artists. One artist only 14 years old was having luck with sales of his work.

"I've had lots of sales; it's a great event," said Roff Hellem-Brusso. "I've been selling quite a bit of everything."

Hellem-Brusso, a King Middle student, has been an artist since he was 3 years old. He was not new to the event, however. "I did it last year," Hellem-Brusso said. "I have done many concerts in the parks and other events in Bradenton."

The history and culture of Anna Maria Island was also well represented Saturday. Members of the Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust were in attendance.

"We own the Model-T Ford, so that's why we are dressed up in period clothes," said Sissy Quinn.

She and her husband, Tom Quinn, have lived on the island for 22 years in a 1920 cottage.

Through the AMI Preservation Trust, they helped sponsor the event and will also receive proceeds to help with the preservation of Anna Maria Island. The two, however, were also having a good time listening to music while eating and drinking.

"Oh my God, we love all these restaurants, we live here," said Sissy Quinn. "It's been a great event, it's classy."

Jessica De Leon, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can also follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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