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Taste of the Cape | Signature event set for Sunday

By MEGHAN BRADBURY - | Feb 29, 2024

A plethora of signature dishes, beverages and live entertainment will fill Cultural Park this Sunday for the annual Taste of the Cape.

“Taste of the Cape was created out of a partnership between the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral’s Education Committee and the Gulf Coast Symphony. Both organizations drew from their passion to provide scholarships and music education programs to local students in our community. Through the generosity of our sponsors, volunteers and community attendee, Taste of the Cape has allowed those programs to thrive. Over the last 10 years, this event has raised tens of thousands of dollars and benefited hundreds of local students,” said President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral Donna Germain.

The 10th annual Taste of the Cape will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Cultural Park.

“This is a true community event that directly benefits the future of our community, our kids. We are truly proud of our staff and volunteers who come together to make this happen each year. We have seen some challenges in the last year as businesses continue to recover, but we are so thankful for all of the support we have received to put on this event. We invite our community to come join us, enjoy some great food, music and know they are helping two amazing programs for our next generation,” she said.

The attendees this year will enjoy an array of signature dishes from local restaurants — Pinchers, Texas Tony’s, Metro Diner, Snowie Florida, Sweet Real, Stones Throw, Thai Delights and Perks & Brew — as well as a wide variety of craft beers and fine wines.

The food prices are $3 and up, non-alcoholic beverages $3 and beer, wine and specialty cocktails range from $6 to $8.

There will also be performances by local bands, including Gulf Coast Jazz Collective Youth Ensemble, a youth music program made possible from the event’s proceeds.

At 11 a.m. The Collective will perform, followed by the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective Youth Ensemble at 1 p.m., Kiki Sanchez and his Salsa Band at 2 p.m. and The Freecoasters at 4:30 p.m.

Attendees can purchase VIP tickets for $60. These tickets include a private tent with tables and servers, VIP bathrooms, VIP parking and preferred stage-front seating. General admission tickets are $10 and free for those 12 years old and younger. Tickets for both can be purchased ahead of time, or at the gate.

Local youth are the benefactors of this event. Germain said for more than 30 years, the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral has hosted its annual Excellence in Education Awards to honor educators and students in our community.

“In addition to the awards, we also provide scholarships to our local graduates and celebrate their achievements,” she said.

As far as the Gulf Coast Symphony’s music education and community programs – MusicWorks! is an El-Sistema based program whose primary goal is to empower children to achieve their full potential through the study and performance of music, Germain said.

“The Gulf Coast Youth Jazz Ensemble is a community-based jazz ensemble for students throughout the Southwest Florida region. This ensemble provides performance and learning opportunities outside of the general classroom for those who seek to expand their musical journeys through jazz,” she said.

Cultural Park is at 528 Cultural Park Blvd.

For more information, visit tasteofcapecoral.com.