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The Heights Foundation and Lee Reefs Present LionFish Fest – Feast on the Beast

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— The Heights Foundation and Lee Reefs are hosting “Lionfish Fest – Feast on the Beast”. On Sunday, May 4 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at The Heights Center, the public is invited to join celebrated local chefs that will present a unique twist on Florida fare – delectable lionfish from Gulf waters. Guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dish. The event will include door prizes, fun auction items, a signature tropical drink and live music, as well as displays about Lionfish and our reefs. Mitch and Billy of ScubaNation television will be on hand showing their underwater videos. Katie Walls of WINK News will emcee the event. Admission is $50 per person, children under 12 are admitted free. The goal is to raise awareness of the invasive lionfish and the importance of conservation of our local reefs. All proceeds of the events will benefit Lee Reef’s Marine Management Fund and The Heights Center. Event sponsors include The News-Press Media Group, Reef Safe Suncare, Sea Dog Brewing Company, Shipyard Brewing Company and Zookeeper. “Lionfish are an invasive species that have no natural enemies,” said Mike Campbell, Environmental Specialist and Artificial Reef Director for Lee County Division of Natural Resources. “If there can be public demand for the filets that are delicate, white and comparable to Hogfish, it’s possible to create a sustainable fishery and lessen the harmful impact on our reefs. Our goal is to give seafood suppliers, restaurateurs and the public the opportunity to become familiar with lionfish.” “We are excited to host The Lionfish Fest at The Heights Center,” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation. “Lionfish are delicious and our talented local chefs are going to come up with some amazing recipes and samplings. This will be a fun event for the entire family.” The Lionfish Roundup will be held on Saturday, May 3. Tournament participants will compete for awards. Team entry fee (four anglers) is $200 and the individual fee is $50. Entry fee includes door prizes, raffle entry and awards presentation and Chef’s Cook Off at The Heights Center on Sunday, May 4. To participate in the Lionfish Roundup visit www.heightsfoundation.org/lionfishroundup and download the registration packet. For information about the roundup contact Mike Campbell at (239) 533-8133 or mncampbell@leegov.com. To purchase tickets for the Lionfish Fest visit www.heightsfoundation.org/lionfish-fest-feast-beast or contact Laurie Stanley at (239) 482-7706 or lauries@heightsfoundation.org

Occurs once: May 4, 2014 (2:00 PM to 6:00 PM)
Contact Name: Laurie Stanley
Contact Phone: 2394827706
Location:

The Heights Center
15570 Hagie Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908

Ticket Price: $50
Ticketing Phone: 2394827706
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