Dish N Fish to feature local cuisine

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Vilano Beach Main Street Inc. will host the first Dish N Fish culinary event from 2 to 8 p.m. April 16 in the Vilano Beach Town Center.

Dish N Fish is a new culinary tourism event, a collaborative fundraising partnership with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) and Vilano Beach Main Street to raise awareness of the coastal community and area dining benefits for visitors and residents.

From 3 to 5 p.m., a chef competition among high school culinary students (ProStart Program) will be featured.

Five teams from around the area will compete under the tutelage of master chefs preparing ceviche recipes. Winning teams will receive school grants and culinary prizes.

The Dishes of the Day will feature fish and seafood classics common to Northeast Florida (shrimp, fish and more). Fifteen food stations will be available for tantalizing taste sensations.

Samples will be offered by 10 well-known restaurants in the region. A wide variety of beverages will be available from area wine distributors, craft beer makers and the St. Augustine Distillery. Meals from chef stations will be available for $15, and culinary demonstrators will offer samples.

The full music lineup of entertainment for afternoon listening includes Amy Hendrickson at 2 p.m., Dewey Via at 3 p.m., Sam Pacetti at 4 p.m., Katherine Archer at 5 p.m., Smokin’ Joe Schauer at 6 p.m. and Crawford Boyd at 7 p.m.

The event begins at 2 p.m. under a large tent in Vilano Beach Town Center across from Publix at 145 Vilano Road.

The afternoon will include continuous music from 2 p.m. until dusk interspersed with raffle drawings and prizes. Arts and culinary vendors will also be on site. Streetside activity centers will be open to the public to include art demonstrations, face painting and other entertainment.

Sponsors include Coca-Cola Refreshments; Beaches 105.5; WFOY & Air St. Augustine; Surfside Studios; Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, em Tech; Southern Oaks; St. Augustine Beach House; Vilano Beach Garden Inn; Oceanview Lodge; Magic Beach Motel; Atlantic Lands; QI Historic Inns, St. Augustine Distillery, and Vilano Beach Town Center Partners and Jaybirds Inn and Restaurant.

Guests will be able to select their favorites of dishes and drinks. Entry to the event is a $5 donation benefitting FRLA High School Culinary Grants for ProStart students and Vilano Beach Main Street improvement projects. Sponsorships and sponsor tables are available.

Children under 15 enter free. For tickets, go to vilanobeachfl.com/dishnfish.

For sponsorships and chef station applications, call Barrie Jo Price at 205-394-1198 or email [email protected]

Music lineup

2 p.m. Amy Hendrickson

3 p.m. Dewey Via

4 p.m. Sam Pacetti

5 p.m. Katherine Archer

6 p.m. Smokin’ Joe Schauer

7 p.m. Crawford Boyd