Islamorada 25th Annual Island Fest
Founders Park, Islamorada
Will be held on April 9-10, 2016
25th Island Fest set for April 9-10, 2016
Art, food, live music, classic cars and much more will mark the 25th anniversary of Florida Keys Island Fest on April 9 and April 10. The annual rite of spring, organized by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside.
The two-day Island Fest arts and crafts show will feature approximately 100 artists whose work includes everything from paintings and sculptures to jewelry to fine crafts.
Honored as the poster artist this year is Key West tropical impressionist painter Amanda Johnson, who made use of a pallet knife to create her thickly-textured oil on canvas cover poster "Tarpon Leap." The texture creates a sense of motion that makes Johnson's depiction of an airborne, hooked tarpon feel especially action packed.
"It captures the drama and the action of the sport of fishing," Johnson said. "The technique is done very intuitively."
Great food is a mainstay of Island Fest and this year will be no different. Sunday in particular will bring an extra dose of mouthwatering options thanks to the delicious "Taste of Islamorada" competition, showcasing the dishes of many local restaurants.
Back for its sixth year at Island Fest is the All-American Road Vintage Cruisers Car Show, featuring antique cars, trucks, motorcycles and rat rods.
The show will be visible from US-1, Florida's only official "All American Road," so passersby with an interest in antique and unique cars are likely to stop for a look.
Awards will be presented for Coolest Cruiser, Raddest Rod, KeyZ Rider, Longest Haul, Big Kahuna, Funkiest Foreign, Best of Show and People's Choice. The Chamber is still accepting entries and new entrants are encouraged.
An array of popular musical acts appealing to lovers of numerous genres will perform throughout both days of Island Fest.
Among the performers will be Miami's Pit Bull of Blues and Islamorada singer/songwriter Dave Feder, who will perform in his unique hillbilly flamenco style.
Island Fest will have plenty of activities for kids as well. They can help paint a life-sized dolphin statue, build sand castles and compete in hula hoop contests. In addition, teams will compete on Saturday to create the word "Sunset" out of colorful sand on the beach.
Returning on Saturday for a second year is the "What Floats Your Boat?" homemade boat race. Participants will create a "boat" to enter in the race, which will begin at 1 p.m. There is no entry fee and the Chamber is currently seeking entries.
Winners will be declared for the Yachtiest Award, Thriftiest Award, Anchor Award, Krazy Krewe Award and Sink and Swim Award. The big winner will be presented with the Lucky Ducky Admiral Award.
Admission to Island Fest is free and on-site parking is available for a $5 donation. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets for a comfortable fun-filled day. Events will take place rain or shine.
For more information, call the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce at 305.664.4503.