Sanibel Island-based Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc. (CROW) will host one of the island’s best-loved community events this fall. The 29th annual Taste of the Islands will be held November 21 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at Sanibel Community Park.
Voted “Best Island Event” for several years, Taste of the Islands brings together the island’s finest restaurants in a celebration of Sanibel style cuisine, all while raising money for CROW’s mission to care for sick and injured native and migratory wildlife. Attendees will enjoy delicious dishes from local establishments, live music and a recipe competition that will challenge the island’s finest chefs to come up with a new dish featuring a yet-to-be-named native ingredient. Event goers can also vote for their favorites in categories in the People’s Choice Awards for categories as Best Vegetarian, Best Appetizer, Best Meat, Best Seafood, Best Dessert, and Best Booth Presentation.
“Taste of the Islands has become a signature of island life,” says CROW board president Susan Petersen Tucker. “CROW is always pleased with the turnout not just from island residents, but also from local community members, businesses and volunteers. The event is a vital way we raise funds to further our mission to save wildlife through compassion, care and education.”
For more than 40 years, CROW has provided high-quality medical care to as many as 4,000 patients each year covering 200 species. The clinic also provides a series of ongoing in-house and offsite educational programs for island visitors and a variety of local groups.
“Through our efforts, we strive to increase public awareness of the impact things like land development, habitat destruction and environmental hazards have on animals,” Tucker continues. “Through compassion, care and education, we hope to help preserve native species and balance their need for natural habitat with our needs as people.”