More than 800 food and wine enthusiasts are expected to crowd the Riverwalk Events Plaza Saturday for the Friends of Jupiter Beach Food and Wine Festival.
The event, which runs from 3-6 p.m., will feature live music, a raffle and 65 food, wine and spirits vendors from Tequesta to Palm Beach. It has sold out in each of its first three years.
Proceeds benefit Friends of Jupiter Beach, a nonprofit that works to keep the Jupiter shoreline clean and dog-friendly.
The group sponsors monthly beach cleanups and builds and maintains dog bag boxes along a 2 1/2-mile stretch of Jupiter Beach.
“It’s truly a community event,” co-chairwoman Denise Mariani said of the festival. “It’s not something fancy. It’s not commercial.
“If people are there, they’re there to support us by providing food from their restaurants or wines and beverages from their businesses. Or they’re like-minded community organizations involved in preserving the environment or involved with animals.”
Community organizations participating in the event include the Blue Friends of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Dogs for Disabled Vets, Friends of the Loxahatchee River, Operation Care for Heroes, Pawsitive Independence Service Dogs, and Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
Tickets are $50 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. VIP tickets are $75 and include reserved parking access near the festival, a Whole Foods shopping bag containing special gifts and offers, a private reserved seating area and exclusive opportunities to win door prizes and access to upscale restaurants and beverages within the VIP area.
Live music will be provided by singer-songwriter Gary Frost and reggae artist TC Terry. For tickets or information, call 561-844-3091 or visit www.FJBFoodandWine.org.