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20TH ANNIVERSARY TASTE OF THE BEACH & BAYFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS

fmbchamber : Mon, May 4, 2015 2:07 pm : Daily Update, Dine, Home

Fort Myers Beach, Fl. (May 5, 2015)– The 20th Annual Fort Myers Beach Taste of the Beach and Bayfront Blues Festival, presented by The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts, announced the winners of the 2015 competition yesterday evening, May 3, 2015 in downtown Fort Myers Beach.

Over 3,000 attended and 17 local restaurants participated in this year’s festival, held on Old San Carlos Boulevard between First and Third streets. Participating restaurants prepared a wide variety of food to appeal to all tastes and budgets. A panel of area food experts and celebrity personalities did the honors of judging and winners received a commemorative plaque to display in their restaurant. There was also a competition for restaurant employees in the form of server races, winners received cash prizes.

People Choice Award – Skip One Seafoods FMB

Best Decorated Booth – Yucatan Beach Stand Bar & Grill

Best Seafood Dish – Coconut Creme Shrimp, The Fishmonger Restaurant

Best Chicken Dish –  Drunken Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast, Island View Restaurant @ the Lani Kai

Best Beef/Veal Dish -Local Beef Tenderloin and Grilled Shrimp with a Veal Demi Glaze Served with Grilled Asparagus, Bongo’s Bar and Grill @ the Pink Shell

Best Appetizer – Cat 5 Nacho wowo’s, Hurricane Tina’s Beach Bar

Best Lighter Fare – Mahi Tacos, Yucatan Beach Stand Bar & Grill

Best Dessert- Deep Fried Raspberry Cheese Cake, Nemo’s on the Beach
Waiter/Waitress Competition
2. Yucatan Beach Stand Bar and Grill- 1:36.28
3. Matanzas on the Bay – 2:07.76
Thanks to all the participating restaurants and to everyone who attended the event.

 

 

 

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The 9th Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival Comes to a Close

paradise : Tue, April 28, 2015 6:31 pm : Daily Update, Home, Uncategorized

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For almost a decade, the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival has hosted independent film fans, filmmakers, and distributors to spend five fabulous days and nights on the Gulf beaches of Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

From April 23-27, 2015 Independent features, documentaries, shorts and student films we shown throughout the 5-day event with the aim to promote the art of filmmaking throughout our island community. Family activites, celebrity appearances and of course– screenings of the best in independent filmmaking, all just steps from the sand, make the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival one of Southwest Florida’s most premiere spring-time events.

This year, the festival screened over 70 films, the most ever shown at the fest, and played host to it’s largest attendance ever.

The film attracted two Silver Screen celebrities– Ryan Potter and Christopher Atkins. Both actors were award recipients.

The Rising Star Award, recognizing young and innovative talent, went to Ryan Potter, the 19-year-old voice of “Hiro Hamada” in the Academy-Award winning Disney animated feature Big Hero 6. The Star Achievement Award, was presented to Hollywood legend, Christopher Atkins, best known for his role in the 1980 film The Blue Lagoon, and the television series Dallas.

The Film Review Board juried over 76 films to designate awards for Rising Star, Star Achievement, Best Actor, Best Student Films, Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary, Best Local Film and People’s Choice Award. Winners received a
commemorative glass trophy.

Winners were as follows:

Best Actor: Jeffrey Johns, Waiting in the Wings- The Musical

Best Student Film: The Unearthing, Tristan James Jensen

Best Feature Film: Writer’s Cramp, Darva Campbell

Best Short Film: Falling To Pieces, Chris and Vivian Connolly

Best Documentary: Heroes Behind The Badge, Wayne Derrick

Best Local Film: Sisters, Mark Stolzenberg/ Mark Schulman

Peoples Choice Award: Waiting in the Wings- The Musical

Thank you to the film festival community, local volunteers, filmmakers, law enforcement and community sponsors for making the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival a “cant-miss” event.

See you next year and let’s celebrate the the festival’s 10th anniversary together!

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Winners Announced from the 9th Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

fmbchamber : Tue, April 28, 2015 6:21 pm : Home, Play

film fest winnersRising Star Award: Ryan Potter, Big Hero 6.
Star Achievement Award: Christopher Atkins
Best Actor: Jeffrey Johns, Waiting in the Wings- The Muscial
Best Student Film: The Unearthing, Tristan James Jensen
Best Feature Film: Writer’s Cramp, Darva Campbell
Best Short Film: Falling To Pieces, Chris and Vivian Connolly 
Best Documentary: Heroes Behind The Badge, Wayne Derrick
Best Local Film: Sisters, Mark Stolzenberg/ Mark Schulman
Peoples Choice Award: Waiting in the Wings- The Musical

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Chamber Main Office Now Open on Saturdays from 9am-1pm

fmbchamber : Fri, March 6, 2015 6:31 pm : Daily Update, Home

To better serve our visitors our main office will be open on Saturdays from 9am-1pm.  We are also open Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm.  Please come and see us while you’re visiting Fort Myers Beach!

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