When the not-for-profit Springs River Festival Committee started to plan their annual 2014 “Taste of the Springs” last fall, the wheels already were in motion to change and expand the event.
“After a bit of explaining that, ‘No, we weren’t producing the Festival this year’, but, ‘YES, we were still producing the Taste,’ the Springs River Festival Committee was committed to making this year’s event even more successful,” said past SRF President Connie Brandenburg.
The first thing on tap was moving the event back to the Miami Springs Country Club (last year, the Miami Springs/Virginia Gardens Optimist Club was kind enough to host, but the crowd was, well ... crowded!), so they met with Carlos Santana to secure the larger space and a date for this Sunday, Feb. 9.
Enlisting the help of the Chamber, the SRF Committee then set about adding little touches to the event to make the evening more enjoyable for the guests, including live musical entertainment during the 4-to-7 “Taste”-ing portion of the evening by virtuoso Rick Fernandez, and expanding the event to include an “after-party” for “Taste” guests who wish to remain out on the patio.
The “after-party’ goers will be serviced by a cash bar and entertained by dance and karaoke music from Rockin’ Again DJs until 9 p.m.
“This year should be lots of fun,” said Chamber President Jim Borgmann. “The Chamber arranged for a guest chef to showcase his specialties, and many of the restaurants who participated last year — Johnny’s Soda Fountain & Luncheonette, BurritoVille, Bryson’s, Little Bit of Philly, Carolina Ale House and the Country Club — will be there, as well as new participants Treat’s Café, Tom’s NFL and YaYa Wine.”
Besides a prize drawing (one of the prizes is two tickets to the “Beatles Love Live” concert at the Magic City Casino and another is two tickets to the John Waite concert at Casino Miami Jai-Alai), a cash bar, and a 50/50 drawing, there will be other little surprises during the evening as well.
“We want to make sure nobody is bored,” said SRF Treasurer Nikki Howard. “We’re hoping all the fun touches will add to everyone’s enjoyment of the event.”
The Taste of the Springs event will make it possible for the SRF to make donations to the Miami Springs Historical Society to help them with their move, and to C.A.T.S. for their ongoing work to spay, neuter and care for the animals in our neighborhoods.
Tickets are $25 (all ages) and can be purchased from Springs River Festival Committee and Chamber of Commerce members, at Miami Acupuncture Therapy, 1 Curtiss Pkwy. (Stadnik Way) #6 in the Arcade, or online by credit card at: msaacc.com. For information, contact the chamber at 305-508-8080.