Naples Fest 2019, presented by the Naples Island Business Association (NIBA), will be held on Thursday, August 15 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. It takes place along Second Street from Venetia Drive going east to Campo Walk.
“Naples Fest connects businesses with the community in this annual ‘Taste of Naples’,” said NIBA President, Bob Lane. “It is a fun and festive evening that puts a spotlight on our member businesses.”
All Island restaurants participate offering samples from their menus. Cuisine of the world can be experience from Italian, Mexican, Irish, Japanese, Indian to American. Tickets for the tastes may be purchased at various locations during the evening.
A Wine and Beer Garden will be held at the Naples Island Car Wash. Back by popular demand, The Buzzy James Trio featuring Trish Burke will entertain in the garden throughout the evening.
Many members set up tables either in front of their business or in the Island Center parking lot where we are pleased to welcome this year the band Squeeze Box who will be performing. As a community service, Councilwoman Suzie Price will be holding a bike registration and Naples CERT will be represented.
Naples Fest is a family friendly event. The Big Red Bus will give free rides. The festivities will now extend to Venetia Walk this year with Naples Villa rolling out the red carpet including delicious food items from Carmen’s Coffee Company. This will be the new location for face painting and other activities for the kids.
9Round is hosting a boxing glove decorating contest as a fundraiser for Special Olympics Southern California. Special Olympics athletes will be on hand to talk with participants. The Summer Games have long been held at Long Beach State.
Volunteers from Wilson High School’s Surf Club will be out in force providing information and maps for the event. They will be easily recognized in their team attire. This year’s sponsors are Farmers & Merchants Bank and the Michael’s on Naples Ristorante.
Admission is free. Food items and beverages are between 1 and 10 tickets each. Tickets are $1 each and sold at several locations that evening. The Wine and Beer Garden is open to those who are 21 years of age and older.