ANNA MARIA -- Get ready to eat and sip plenty in the city of Anna Maria. The Fourth Annual Food and Wine on Pine Event will take over Pine Avenue from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
The upscale art and culinary event will span from Gulf Drive to Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.
There will be a variety of foods from 27 restaurants from Anna Maria Island and beyond including seafood fondue with crusty baguette from Anna Maria Oyster Bar and jams and jellies from Paradise Gardens.
Students from the Manatee Technical Institute culinary arts program will show what they've cooked up for the day.
"There will be 10 different music stations -- not real loud music, but kept at an enjoyable level where people can stroll and hear all kinds of music from classical to jazz to reggae and pop," said Caryn Hodge, marketing director for the Chiles Restaurant Group. Owner Ed Chiles started the event in 2011.
Local artists will display their works, and schoolchildren also will show off their creations in a Young At Art tent.
For the first time, there will be a Kentucky Derby tent dubbed "Pine Avenue Downs."
According to a news release, the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island and Bright House Networks will host the tent, which will televise the races. Michael Northfield, president of the Rotary Club, said there will be a raffle drawing in connection with the races.
"We're very excited to do that because it's a fundraiser," he said, adding the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island is one of many local organizations to benefit from the event.
There is a $2 entry fee with children under 12 free. Tickets for food and beverages are $1 each. Most food items will be priced between two and eight tickets. Hodge said attendees can park at the CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, in Holmes Beach, and at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.
Hodge is optimistic about the Food and Wine on Pine event. "I really hope people get a true sample of what all the great things we have in our area whether its food, art, music... the community," she said.
For more information, call Hodge at 941-778-8705 or visit foodandwineonpine.com.
Amaris Castillo, Law Enforcement/Island Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitterendattr val="ctrack"/>tillo.