The Sanibel Captiva Chapter of Solutions to Avoid Red Tide, Inc. (START) is busily preparing for its fifth Cracker Fest with a grand evening of dining, dancing to the music of Uproot Hootenanny, and enjoying the good company of friends and family. A live auction and raffles will add to the evening's enjoyment, with additional highlights to be announced.
The laid-back atmosphere of the Cracker Fest celebrates Florida's cultural heritage while raising awareness and financial support for the START chapter's mission in support of educational, scientific, and marine habitat/species preservation/restoration, and promotion of healthy beaches and waterways. Included in this year's festivities will be an authentic Cracker Feast of pork BBQ, Ralph's fried and smoked mullet and shrimp and grits along with all the trimmings including Esperanza's biscuits, scrumptious dessert, ice cold beer, and wine.
Cracker Fest will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, at The Bait Box property on Sanibel. Tickets are $100 per person, which will include admittance to the event, dinner, beer and wine, entertainment, a live auction and raffles. Admission to the SanCap Cracker Fest is by reservation only and limited to the first 300 attendees. For tickets or more information, please contact Ben Biery at 472-1175 or email START@sanibelseaschool.org.
The Sanibel-Captiva chapter of START would also like to express gratitude to this year's sponsors: Bailey's General Store, Bank of the Islands, Big Red Q Printing, Dan Hahn Custom Builders, Dickey Brothers, Doc Ford's, Eye Center's of Florida, Heidrick and Co. Insurance, Island Cow Restaurant, J&J Pavers, Lee County Electric Company, Mabry Brothers Inc., Pavese Law Firm, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, Sanibel Air Conditioning, Sanibel Island Fishing Club, Shoreline Lumber, Soon Come Landscaping, Tim Smith Brick Pavers, and Tropical Tradesmen.