Bracing for Sell Out, Hospitality Suite, VIP Welcome Party, Raffle St. Jude’s, No-Cash Turnpikes

Bracing for a Sell Out
Second Annual Key West Food & Wine Festival

“The event has grown to exponential proportions. It’s out of hand! We have over 300 sponsors participating, double from last year. That’s huge! There are new events and the really popular ones are already sold out.”

Mark Certino is an event organizer for a weekend loaded with libations. The event, appropriately titled, the Key West Food & Wine Festival, is already a much-anticipated weekend for locals, mainlanders, wine and food aficionados, hotels, B&Bs, and business owners. The main event, Duval “Uncorked”, showcases the specialty items of 65 local eateries and unique businesses.

Certino says, “This is a stroll down all of Duval Street. If you’re a restaurant you show your food. If you’re a key lime pie shop show your key lime pie. We even have a body art shop serving wine to show how you can be painted! Ticket holders will taste wine, food, or both at each location. Guests are going to be given a glass necklace in the shape of a two-ounce glass for hands-free drinking! This event is really fun!”

Tickets for each event can be purchased separately, or you can score a VIP to enjoy nearly all of the events and tastings. Some venues, such as Azur and the Hogfish Bar & Grill are hosting their own unique parties.

For more information, visit and follow the link!



Hospitality Suite
Tuesday, Jan. 25 – Sunday, January 30 from 9 am – 5 pm daily.

Located on South Street across from Dewey House between Duval and Simonton Street. Look for festival banners.

Drop by for information on all events, to make reservations for restaurants and attractions or to pick up your tickets. Drink some wine and get in the mood for a great weekend!



Festival VIP Pass
Entitles you to enjoy:

• Wednesday VIP Welcome Party
• 90 miles from Havana Barefoot Beach Party at the Southernmost Beach Café
• Your choice of one neighborhood stroll
• Your choice of one seminar throughout the weekend
• Bess & Harry’s Grand Tasting
• Coconut Bowling & Coconut Recipe Contest
• Duval “UNCORKED”
• Seafood Shakedown
• The outdoor Wine Market Key West
• VIP gift bag
• $395



VIP Welcome PartyJ
anuary 26 from 5-7 pm at the Southernmost Hotel’s newest pool

Tapas at Tavern N Town
January 26 from 6:30-8:30 pm

90 miles from Havana Barefoot Beach Party
January 27 from 5-7 pm
Southernmost hotel
Great band playing Latin music

Wine Around “Neighborhood Strolls”
January 27 form 7:30-9:30 pm

“Kings of Pastry” ( for show time and admission)
January 28-February 4 at the Tropic Cinema

Bess & Harry’s Grand Tasting
January 28 from 5-7 pm at Truman Little White House

“St. Pablo the Patron Saint of Shipwrecked Souls” Street Party
January 28, 2011 from 7-10 pm at AZUR

Bubbles and Madness 2
January 29 from 10 am – 2 pm at AZUR Restaurant

92 Points in the SHADE
January 29 from 11 am – 12:30 pm at Grand Vin Wine Bar

Key West Shrimp Boil presented by Hogfish Bar & Grill
January 29 from 12 Noon – 2 pm at the Stock Island Shrimp Docks

Coconut Bowling and Coconut Recipe Contest
January 29 from 1-4 pm at Blue Heaven

Duval “Uncorked”
January 29 form 4-7 pm

Cork & Pork
January 29 from 7: 30-10:30 pm at the Casa Marina Resort

“The outdoor WINE MARKET key west”
January 30 from 12 Noon – 3 pm

Seafood Shakedown
January 30 at 1111 Eaton Street, The Restaurant Store parking lot

17th Annual Master Chef’s Classic
January 30 from 4-7 pm at the Westin Resort & Marina


Raffle for St. Jude’s
Key West Island Gym is raffling off two one-year memberships to the gym to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude’s mission is to conduct basic and clinical research and treatment into catastrophic childhood diseases, mainly cancer. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. The drawing will be held on Valentine’s Day. Tickets are $10 and available at the gym at 1119 White Street.



Cash Option No Longer Available to Pay Turnpike Tolls In mid-February the turnpike conversion to open road tolling for the 47-mile Turnpike Extension from mile post zero (Florida City) to mile post 47 (Miramar) will be complete.

Florida residents are encouraged to purchase a Sunpass.  Motorists without a SunPass using the Extension after the conversion will be charged for Turnpike miles by the Toll-By-Plate program, a system where cameras located on overhead gantries photograph each vehicles license plate and bill its holder for both the toll and a $2.50 administrative charge on a monthly basis. 

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