For Jill and myself, the upcoming 18th annual Giving Hunger the Blues on March 24th this year, is like Christmas in March. Only with more food, awesome live music from noon until 8 p.m., and a feel good street dance party held on Hillview Street in the always happening Southside Village with several thousand friends under what has typically been picture perfect skies and weather (fingers crossed as always).
All this for a paltry $5 admission, with kids under 12 free, this benefits an organization that has become near and dear to me on one of their other outreach programs, the All Faiths Food Bank. Simply put, this is a must do in SRQ.
With over 48 local “heavy hitter” local sponsors, this event is also the single biggest one day fundraiser to eliminate hunger in our community. Are you feelin’ the love yet? You will if it’s your first time here, trust me.
As for the entertainment, it’s a veritable who’s-who of the busiest and best local bands, as well as some huge talent just starting earn the recognition that they deserve.
Being as we are a food-centric blog, I would be remiss if I didn’t list the hard working restauranteurs and their staffs setting up shop for the day that keep the party fed and happy; here are just a few of the vendors you’ll see there:
Blu Que Grill will be selling their mouth-watering brisket. The Hillview Grill will feature Kobe Beef Sliders and Crab Cakes. Knick’s Tavern is bringing Chicken Kebabs to the bash. Libby’s has Murphey’s Banger & Mash Sliders with Caramelized Onion Gravy (Yikes!). The Madfish Grill will be there as always with Jamaican Jerk Wings and Lobster Rangoon Spring Rolls. The Monterey Grill will have a Jerked Wahoo Burger with a spicy Remoulade. Man-about-town Perry of Perry’s BBQ will be selling his Pulled Pork sandwiches and totally yummy mac ‘n cheese. Naturally, Sam Snead’s will be there, with their fall off the bone Baby Back Ribs and Buffalo Shrimp. Solorzano’s and Tijuana Flats will be there doing what they do best – selling their fabulous pizza by the slice and beef or chicken tacos, respectively.
But wait, there’s more!
Feel like an adult beverage to get your feet moving and your hands clapping? Budweiser Gold Coast Eagle will have several trucks set up where you can purchase an ice cold beer. Local up-and-coming (and award winning) distillers of Siesta Key Rum will be selling their products as well. If you like rum, you’ll love this stuff.
There’s also children’s games, rides and activities, and even raffle tickets available with all proceeds benefitting the All Faiths Food Bank. Tickets available will be at the gates only on the day of the of the event, with free parking in the Sarasota Memorial Health Care Systems south garage.
One last thing. It would be patently ungrateful to not acknowledge and sincerely thank the incredible efforts of George Generoso of the Five O’clock Club for founding and growing this into one of Sarasota’s premier annual festivals in the name of charity and making this town the envy of so may others. Be sure to say hi to him when you see him out and about that day, and we’ll see you there!