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What’s On Suncoast? 2.2 – 2.9

| Angela Naff |

The Suncoast Post asks, “What’s On, Suncoast?” Here are some ideas for the area this week from February 2 – 9, 2024

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Hermitage Sunsets at Nathan Benderson Park

Hermitage Sunsets at Nathan Benderson Park
5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 34235

This is the second installment of three programs scheduled.  These outdoor events are one part of many “Hermitage North” programs, series, and collaborations planned throughout the season, spanning Sarasota County and the surrounding region. The programs feature industry-leading and award-winning playwrights, visual artists, musicians, poets, choreographers, and more — all free to the members of our community.

 “Hermitage Sunsets @ Nathan Benderson Park: Theater on the Lake” showcases the talents of Hermitage Fellows Terry Guest and James Anthony Tyler. These two talents split the bill to share some of their latest work and discuss the creative process as the sun goes down over the lake.  Admission is free, but registration is required ($5/person) HERE.

Hours: Friday, February 2 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Cantina 109


9908 Gulf Coast Main St. C-125 Fort Myers, FL 33913

While traditional Mexican cuisine can be too spicy for some, the menu at Cantina 109 here on the Suncoast includes a wide assortment of dishes that are made fresh in-house and are designed to please any palate. With Tex-Mex classics like fajitas, tangy, authentic plates like chile rellenos, and even gluten-free options, the restaurant has something for everyone.

To ensure Cantina 109 delivers flavors that keep customers coming back, management follows a strict process for selecting only the highest quality ingredients. The restaurant procures ingredients from several well-respected suppliers and doesn’t hesitate to send items back if they aren’t up to par.

The magic behind the tastes and aromas at the eatery stems from the talent of Head Chef Miguel Rodriguez, an experienced cook from Costa Rica who works diligently to make sure every customer leaves satisfied.

Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

International Food Festival

International Food Festival

International Food Festival
16907 Boy Scout Rd, Odessa, FL 33556

Enjoy an amazing day of food and drinks at Raprager Family Farms 1st annual International Food Festival. With over 20 different food providers bringing an assortment of delicious foods with flavors from all over the world. Included in the $10 wristband are Animal Petting, Axe throwing, Hayrides, and a Giant Bounce Pillow, along with access to all the food vendors, live entertainment, a corn pit, a hay chute slide, games, Fort Merlin, a butterfly garden, and viewing of the animals. This is sure to be an amazing, family-friendly outdoor event that you don’t want to miss.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday, February 3 – 4, 2024, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily

Ginny's & Jane E's Bakery Cafe

Ginny’s & Jane E’s Bakery Cafe 

Ginny’s & Jane E’s Bakery Cafe
9807 Gulf Dr Anna Maria, FL 34216

Ginny’s & Jane E’s Bakery Cafe is located in the Historic City of Anna Maria, a quaint “Old Florida” area on the north end of Anna Maria Island. The store is a unique collection of local art and unique finds. At Ginny’s & Jane E’s you will hear the sound of people enjoying a meal together with their friends and neighbors. The cafe offers preservative, steroid, and hormone-free food. The bakery is made fresh every morning. Perhaps you want a break from the sun and cool down with an all-fruit smoothie, or just relax with a cold beer or a mimosa. The unique setting offers quiet corners or big family tables. Hope to see you soon!

Hours: Daily 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bonita Food Truck Rally on Suncoast

Bonita Food Truck Rally & Pop-up Biergarten

Bonita Food Truck Rally & Pop-up Biergarten
10450 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Enjoy the best of Southwest Florida Food Truck cuisine here on the Suncoast and an authentic German Biergarten featuring Hofbrau Bier from Munchen. The event will feature live music, stein holding competition, awesome food trucks, and marketplace vendors. Proceeds to benefit the Bonita Springs Historical Society. All ages are welcome. Free Admission. Donations welcome.

Live Entertainment
The Hafenkapelle German Band
Friday: The Wayward Souls 
Saturday: Melody Lane 2-5 pm, Root Almighty Reggae Band 6-9pm

Hours: February 1 – 3, 2024 – Thursday & Friday, 3 pm-9 pm and Saturday Noon- 9 pm

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