17th Annual Key West Festival 2012

Savoring the Taste of Key West!

You don’t want to miss the Taste of Key West, Monday, April 23rd from 6pm to 9pm!!  Fifty of Key West’s most popular restaurants will be at the Truman Waterfront Pier sharing samplings from their menus, accompanied by the offerings from more than 100 vineyards and wineries.

This is one of the best festivals in the state for many reasons, one of which is the location – right where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico.  Imagine watching the sun set on the horizon while you enjoy a glass of wine, the cool breeze, and the aroma of food sizzling on a grill nearby.  This event has captured the attention of people near and far as attendance, each year, continues to grow!  Over the years, the wine choices have also become more and more eclectic, coming from all over the country, including organic vineyards.  The food has been diverse as well.  Chefs offer local seafood choices; European, Italian and Asian dishes; tropical and Caribbean foods; vegetarian cuisine and more.  …and by “more” I mean desserts, especially those of the key lime variety!

Admission to the 17th annual event is free.  Food and wine tickets are only $1, and it’s just $3-$8 for a “taste” at any one of the restaurants’ booths.  There is also a 2012 Commemorative Event wine glass for $6.  The proceeds go to the organization, AIDS Help (another great reason for attending!).  It’s their biggest fundraiser of the year.  AIDS Help is a non-profit organization that assists residents who are HIV positive in the Florida Keys with affordable housing, food, counseling,  and other support services.  AIDS Help was founded in 1986 by a group of people looking for ways to help those living with HIV and AIDS deal with the issues they had related to the disease. The agency also conducts health education and outreach programs aimed at reducing the impact of HIV throughout Monroe County.

While the gala doesn’t start until 6pm, tickets and the commemorative glasses can be purchased prior to the event.  Coupons are available online, at several locations on the island, and for those who arrive an hour early (5pm) at the Truman Waterfront.  Coupons are $25 for 20 food and beverage tickets, plus a collectable Taste of Key West wine glass. 

For more info, call 305-296-6196 or go to http://aidshelp.ticketbud.com/taste-of-key-west

Taste of Key West 2012

Monday, April 23, 6pm to 9pm

Truman Waterfront Pier at the end of Southard Street