FORT MYERS, FL, April 29, 2013 – On Nov. 3, 2013, the Junior League of Fort Myers will bring its 31st annual food festival to an all-new location.

This annual favorite charity fundraiser brings together “tastes” from local restaurants, music, children’s entertainment and more to its first new venue in 20 years: JetBlue Park at Fenway South.

According to Junior League officials, Fenway South provides the perfect location for guests to sample delicious food and enjoy local bands on the grounds. Event entry costs will remain an affordable $5 while children under the age of 12 are free.

“Our new partnership with Fenway South is very exciting to the Junior League of Fort Myers,” says Nicole Brenner, 2012-2013 president. “It represents a great opportunity to grow our event. We look forward to guests enjoying the grounds, the ample parking and the central location to residents of Fort Myers, Estero, Lehigh, Bonita Springs and Naples.

“Our facilities provide a convenient, all-in-one venue for the Junior League that will allow Taste of the Town to attract a larger number of vendors and attendees to help this event grow and raise the most possible funds for the Junior League’s work in the community,” said Katie Haas, senior director of Florida business operations for the Red Sox. “We are very excited to be partnering on this signature event that raises funds to improve our community through the Junior League’s programs and services.

This year marks the 31st Taste of the Town event, which has previously been located in other venues, namely the campus of the Alliance for the Arts and Edison State College. The event began in the early 1980s as a public picnic, called “The French Picnic,” in which Junior League members prepared and served all the food. Since then, Taste of the Town has developed into a locally anticipated event, bringing an average of 10,000 guests from all over Southwest Florida.

Funds raised at Taste of the Town contribute directly to the Junior League’s volunteer programs, which currently include programs to fight childhood obesity, support at-risk youth and provide local mini-grants.

“We invite all our past guests to join us in our new location and help support our mission and volunteer programs,” Brenner added.  “The location may be new, but the event will be as fun as ever.”

The Junior League of Fort Myers, Inc., a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLFM membership is open to all women aged 21 and older of all races, religions and national origin who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

JetBlue Park at Fenway South is the Boston Red Sox’s 106-acre Spring Training and Player Development Complex, located at 11500 Fenway South Drive off Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers. JetBlue Park includes a number of venue locations for up to thousands of people including the left-field deck, concourse, right-field picnic area, Fenway South Drive and 20 acres adjacent to the park.

For more information about the Junior League of Fort Myers, please call 239-277-1197 or visit online at