February 23, 2018 (ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FL) – The award-winning Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce has announced details for this year’s Beach’N Food Truck and Music Festival. The all-day,
family-friendly festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 from 10am to 8pm. The event returns to the white
sands of Coquina Beach for its third year, featuring live music all day, a kids zone, classic car show, arts
and crafts vendors, and a myriad of food truck fare.
“There's no better way to celebrate the Anna Maria Island lifestyle than the annual Beach’N event,” said
Terri Kinder, Interim President of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. “Live music, local vendors
and food trucks… All out there on a gorgeous beach during the time of year when our island weather is
close to perfect.”
Admission is free and includes musical entertainment throughout the day and into the evening from
different local musicians, while the Kids Zone provides fun games, a bounce house, rock-climbing wall and
face-painting for the young ones to enjoy. The Festival will also feature a visit from the Anna Maria Island
Privateers as well as a stellar car show - the Bill Mergens Memorial Car Show - with over 100 classic,
antique, custom and muscle cars on display from 10am until 3pm.
The alfresco affair promises food for every appetite from regional mobile food vendors selling a wide range
of dishes including gourmet grilled hot dogs, pasta, pizza, philly cheese steak, meatball sliders, caprese
paninis, muffuletta sandwiches, lobster rolls, crab cake sliders, coconut shrimp, tacos (seafood, Thai and
Korean-style), Mediterranean pitas, BBQ (ribs, chicken, pulled pork & brisket), shave ice and smoothies,
fresh coconut water and fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Guests can also enjoy rum drinks, wine, margaritas, cold beer, sodas and water to toast another sunny
spring season. Proceeds from the purchase of adult beverages and the tip jar monies go to the Chamber’s
College Scholarship Fund given to graduating seniors in Manatee County. In addition, local artisans will
have items available for sale, including coastal collectibles, hand-made jewelry, and other beach-inspired
crafts – perfect to take home as souvenirs.
Since its inception in 2016, the festival has grown and expanded its offerings each year. The annual
Beach’N Food Truck and Music Festival is one of the Chamber’s foremost fund-raising events and is
organized entirely by a volunteer committee of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
Coquina Beach just south of the Coquina Beach Café / Trolley Stop at 2650 Gulf Drive S, Bradenton,
ANNUAL BEACH’N FOOD TRUCK AND MUSIC FESTIVAL/2
Emcee Mike Sales 10am – 8pm
Tropicool 10:30am – 12:30pm
Renegade 1 – 3pm
SoulRcoaster 3:30 – 5:30pm
The Karen & Jimmy Band 6 – 8pm
Free admission. Additional costs for food and beverages and purchases from arts and crafts vendors.
Parking is available on Coquina Beach. Alternate parking is available at any public parking on the island
including Bradenton Beach and Manatee Public Beach. Guests are encouraged to ride the Island’s free
trolley to the event. The Island Monkey Bus is another option to leave the driving to someone else and not
have to worry about parking. Traffic to the island gets heavy during season after 10am, so plan to come
early to enjoy all the festivities.
For more information on the festival, including vendor and sponsor applications, contact the AMI
Chamber at 941-778-1541 or email@example.com.
About the Anna Maria Island Chamber
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce was established in 1949 after the post WWII building boom
saw the Island evolve into a thriving trio of separate municipalities: Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and
Bradenton Beach. More community improvements and growth to expand the local tourism industry along
with the businesses to support it created a need for the establishment of a Chamber of Commerce on the
Nearly 60 years later, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce has nearly 600 members and plays a
fundamental role in promoting local businesses and area tourism while enhancing and protecting the quality
of life for all. Chamber community efforts include its Trolley program which was developed in 2014 in
partnership with Manatee County and has provided over $280,00 to local non- & not-for-profit Island
organizations in an effort to preserve the island, its wildlife and its colorful and unique arts and culture. In
addition, the Chamber hosts fun, unique community festivals and events each year which benefit their
College Scholarship fund. With its long history of support to the island, its residents and members, it is no
wonder The AMI Chamber is a past recipient of the Florida Chambe