The Espalanade was the place to be last Sunday for A Taste of Marco, an annual event of mouthwatering desires. Althoughweather predictions included the threat of thunderstorms, the day proved to be a bright and sunny one, as the crowd enjoyed this fundraiser for the Greater Marco Family YMCA. The non-profit organization offers services and initiatives for youth, opportunities for families to have fun together and activities to ensure a healthy lifestyle.
A 50-50 raffle and live entertainment added to the festivities as thecrowd rocked to the sounds of event emcee DJ Steve Reynolds, Marco Kircher, sponsored by the Marco Island Civitan Club and the Greg Miller Band, sponsored by Siegel Dental.
Local restaurants offered delicious samplings of their food, including Kretch’s famous seafood strudel,the SpeakEasy’s tasty meatballs, and Kane’s enticing noodle bowl. The friendly competition featured awards in several categories, with volunteer judges from the Family Church and a people’s choice award chosen by the attendees themselves.
The winners were: Best Bite – Michelbob’s, Most Creative– Kane Tiki Bar, Overall Best Decorated – Mango’s, Best Overall – Sami’s Pizza and Grill, Judge’s Choice – Wild Jimmy’s Beef Jerky (a new entrant this year) and the People’s Choice – The SpeakEasy.
A good time was had by all! Therewas no need to worry about the extra calories. You can work it all off at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, 101 Sand Hill St. Stop by or give them a call at 239-394-9622.