On Saturday, the Friends of Jupiter Beach hold their 5th annual Food and Wine Festival under the bridge at Indiantown Road and U.S. 1 in Riverwalk.
It’s one of my favorite outdoor dine-arounds – dogs and kids are encouraged, so it’s a family affair.
All the top chefs from the north end of the county are coming – I look forward to seeing the chefs and tasting the creations from Coolinary Cafe, Talay Thai, Aah Loi Sushi and Thai, Buccan and In the Kitchen.
Others this year include Cod and Capers Seafood, Krave, the Ironwood Grill, Pistache, Backyard Bar, Casa Mia, Little Moir’s Food Shack and Leftovers Cafe.
More than 45 purveyors will be there with food, wines — and dog treats.
Note: A special VIP area has the only seats in the house. Otherwise, it’s walk and dine.
For Friends of Jupiter Beach
It benefits the Friends of Jupiter Beach – the group responsible for keeping Jupiter’s beaches clean, dogs allowed and turtles safe along the shoreline. It’s a terrific all-volunteer group who work all year so the community can enjoy the beach.
I recently wrote about them in the annual Best Of section in Florida Weekly newspaper. Here’s the blurb:
The beaches at Jupiter are dog-friendly – and it’s thanks to the Friends of Jupiter Beach that they remain so.
The group of over 4000 volunteers has a beach-cleanup project monthly, and gives out thousands of doggie-poop bags every year. They volunteer as Ambassadors, telling visitors with dogs how to be on good beach behavior to ensure beaches stay cool for canines.
They’ve hauled tons of trash off the beach in their clean-ups, and sponsor fund raisers to pay for needed supplies.
One paid member coordinates the whole thing – everything else is done by volunteers. Two paws up!
(To learn more about the group or volunteer, contact the Friends of Jupiter Beach; 2188 Marcinski Road, Jupiter; 561-748-8140; friendsofjupiterbeach.org)
Friends of Jupiter Beach Food and Wine
- Where: Under the bridge at Riverwalk, Jupiter (U.S. 1 entrance south of Indiantown Road)
- When: 3-6 p.m., Saturday, May 17
- Tickets: $35 in advance (by May 16, 5 p.m.); $50 at the door. Children 12 and under, $15. VIP Tickets: $75; gets reserved parking, special seating area, goodie bag and more.
- For info and tickets: fjbfoodandwine.org
- Tip: The parking garage and adjacent lot fill up quickly. Best bet is to park on the north side of the bridge at U.S. 1 and walk under it to the event. There is a drop-off for the handicapped. Umbrellas are recommended as the walkway is uncovered.