Press release – Nassau County Volunteer Center announces a re-branded Taste of Amelia Island, to be hosted by Omni Amelia Island Plantation on Friday, November 18, 2016, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Amelia Ballroom. Tickets are now available for the 25th Anniversary event – Giving Back; Looking Forward – A Silver Celebration of Service, both online at, and at select ticket locations throughout the island.

This year’s Taste sees the return of many prominent chefs on Amelia Island, including The Ritz-Carlton Executive Chef, Andrew Yeo. To help bolster promotions, the Taste’s Media partner, Edible Northeast Florida Magazine, will be producing a series of podcast episodes, syndicated nationally on Edible Radio, featuring Amelia Island’s unique culinary talent. Each interview will be available on iTunes in the weeks and months leading up to the event.

Additionally, this year the event will include a professionally designed and decorated venue compliments of Robyn Branch Design, as well as event signage and marketing collateral designed and produced by professional graphic artist, Christina King.

“We felt it was important to honor the 25th year of this event with a fresh, elegant approach from the branding of tickets, signage and other media pieces to a completely new approach to our silent auction and cocktail hour”, says Executive Director, Lori Hoerl. “This year, we are excited to have history and nature exhibits and select silent auction items that mirror the food of the event in being a flavor of all there is to do, see and experience on Amelia Island. It is our hope that this year’s silver anniversary will draw in new visitors from the greater Jacksonville area, parts of southeast Georgia and beyond.”

This year’s Taste of Amelia Island will include a selection of wines from San Sebastian Winery, the Sheffield Family, and Prestige Wine Imports, as well as the first “Best Dish of the Taste” contest voted on by attendees and announced that evening, with the winning Chef receiving an engraved gift.

The event will also feature a variety of music including acoustical guitar for the cocktail hour in the silent auction lobby area, and the very popular Decades Band in the main ballroom, provided through Resort Talent. Silent auction donations will reflect the history, nature, and overall flavor of the island and surrounding area, including, among others:
• One Hour Private Charter Aboard Amelia River Cruises
• Two Hour Private Sailing Charter Compliments of Windward Sailing School
• Guided Kayak Eco-Tour for Two from Kayak Amelia
• Stand Up Paddleboard Introduction Class For Two from Kayak Amelia
• Private Wine Class for 20 from Total Wine & More
• History Package With Hotel Stay
• Variety of Other Accommodations / Get-Away’s
• Local Island Jewelry
• A Variety of Spa Experiences
• Additional Gift Basket to Dine Around Town From Local Favorites

Executive Director, Lori Hoerl, says “I have a strong belief that with a well-executed event this year, this event could become part of a weekend-long festival similar to other larger Tastes around the country and bring new and returning tourists to Amelia Island at a time of year when our businesses, restaurants and otherwise, could benefit from the revenue.”

Nassau County Volunteer Center thanks Launch Printing and Promotions for their donation of printing for tickets, posters and restaurant voting piece, Janet Michea for website marketing and graphic design support, and Island Flowers and Garden for providing the voting containers. Special thanks to Eric Webb and Fast Signs for sponsoring event signage and donating to our silent auction as well.