Islamorada 23rd Annual Island Fest
Founders Park, Islamorada
April 5 & 6, 2014
23rd Annual Island Fest to be Best Yet
Florida Keys Island Fest, presented by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce, is back and you don't want to miss it! Head out to Founders Park on Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, for the 23rd annual installment of this spring celebration and enjoy the Chamber's best event yet. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, artists, classic cars, musicians, gourmet cuisine and much more will transform the beautiful bayfront locale into a fun-filled destination for the entire family.
The Arts & Crafts show will feature exceptional local and national artists whose work includes everything from paintings and sculptures to jewelry and fine crafts. Ft. Myers artist Nancy Tome has been selected to create the 10th Annual Island Fest Islamorada Commemorative Poster. Working mainly with acrylics, Nancy combines bold colors with intense detail to depict animals in their natural environment. Her paintings are designed to capture "a moment in time" of that animal's daily life.
Back for its fourth year at Island Fest is the All-American Road Vintage Cruisers Car Show, featuring antique cars, trucks, motorcycles and rat rods. The show takes place on both Saturday and Sunday and will be visible from US-1, Florida's only official "All American Road", so expect plenty of gear heads to stop by for a look. Entry is free and there's room in the show for everyone. Unique awards, handcrafted from coconuts, will be presented for the Coolest Cruiser, the Raddest Rod, the Most Keysy Rider and the Big Kahuna.
Along with the renowned artists and antique car collectors, an array of popular musical acts will take part in Island Fest, appealing to lovers of genres ranging from blues to country rock. "The variety and quality of performing artists we have in the Keys is fabulous," said Judy Hull, Executive Director of the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce.
Kids will have a ball at Island Fest, too! They'll have a chance to paint a life-sized dolphin statue, build sand castles and compete in hula hoop contests. Teams will compete on Saturday to create the word "OCEAN" out of colorful sand on the beach. And if that's not enough, watch a master exhibit his skills at the helm of mammoth 20-foot kites soaring high above the event.
Is all this activity making you hungry? Well don't fret. There'll be plenty of food at Island Fest, highlighted on Sunday by the reprisal of the popular "Taste of Islamorada," a delicious competition showcasing the dishes of local restaurants. The ever-popular "IslaMarauder" Rum Punch contest is back this year, too.
Featuring music, art, food, classic cars and fun, the 23rd Annual Florida Keys Island Fest offers something for everyone! Plan to spend Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, at Founders Park, MM 87, bayside. Show times are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and admission is free. For more information, call the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce at 305.664.4503.