5th annual Taste of the Beach and judging

“Come have a “Taste of the Beach,” Kim Collins, Community Awareness Coordinator at Betty Griffin House, told local news reporters; speaking to Historic City News readers who want a sample taste from many popular Anastasia Island eateries.

The St. Augustine Beach Civic Association is sponsoring the 5th Annual “Taste of the Beach” will be held on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at the St. Augustine Pier and Pavilion from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Sixteen island restaurants will be featured serving in the pavilion at St. Augustine Beach including Amici’s Italian Restaurant, Barnacle Bill’s, Café Eleven, Dune’s Cracker Restaurant, Hurricane Wings, Iggy’s on A1A, Lastrada Italian Restaurant, Mango Mangos, Napoli’s Italian Restaurant, Panama Hatties, Pizza Garden & Pastabilities, Purple Olive, Sea Oats Caffe, South Beach Grille, Sunset Grill and Wildflower Cafe’.

Parking has been arranged and a shuttle will be running from Anastasia Square Plaza, at 1961 A1A South, to the Pier Pavilion from 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tickets will be sold for $1 and up to guests to purchase taste size portions from vendors in the Pavilion. Each restaurant will individually decide the price-per-taste (between $2 and $5).

“There will be a wide variety of tastes on display for guests,” Collins said. “Kenyon Dye and his online interactive Piano Bar will entertain from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.”

Sodas, water, beer and wine will also be available for sale.

The Community will vote for the “People’s Choice.”

Celebrity judges will decide which restaurant has the “Best Appetizer; Best Dessert and Best Entrée; to be named the “Judges Choice”.

Some of the celebrity judges include St. Augustine Beach City Attorney, Doug Burnett, President of the South Beaches Area Council of SJCC, Mike Cunningham, Executive Director of Girls Inc., Beth Hughes-Clark; and St. Augustine Beach Police Chief, Richard Hedges.

The winners will be awarded their trophies near the end of the event.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to support Betty Griffin House. As a private, nonprofit agency, Betty Griffin House provides emergency shelter to abused women, men, their minor children. Other support services available to shelter residents and non residents include a 24-hour crisis hotline, individual and group counseling, forensic-medical rape exams, and legal assistance. Confidential individual and group counseling are available in all parts of St. Johns County including, Hastings, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Johns, St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach. For more information or to make a donation, visit their website at www.bettygriffinhouse.org or call their hotline at (904) 824-1555.

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