Palmetto Bay Food & Music Festival

Veterans Day Weekend was filled with great music and food, thanks to promoter Florida Rock Stars. Held at the Palmetto Bay Village Center, this seven-hour event brought more than a dozen food trucks, specialty food vendors and of course some of the best rock bands in South Florida to a great festival venue.

The X’s, Eclipse, 3 Feet Closer, Mr. Nice Guy and the evening's nightcap The Regs made for a sight and sound spectacle that made for a very enjoyable Sunday. The weather was great, except for a tiny shower just as The Regs took the stage.

The Regs headlined the show

Lead singer Little John explained, “We give $5 from every ticket sold. There are lots of people here and I think we’re going to do very well in helping our valued veterans.”

The Regs, Mr. Nice Guy and 3 Feet Closer are no strangers to raising money for worthy causes. Each has been doing so for years. It was not only great to hear some amazing cover rock, but know it was coming from great people.

Concertgoers Karen and David Towriss summed it up, “All of the bands have been fantastic, it’s a great venue, beautiful weather and food trucks were incredible.” Grisel Padron added, “Music is my life and the music in South Florida is phenomenal.”

(L-R) Karen and David Towriss, Grisel Padron, Judy Feldman, Judy and Raf Fiol enjoy the music

Besides the music, a few local specialty food vendors were on-hand. The Cutler Bay Hot Sauce Company owner Tony Crapello, who donates 25¢ for every bottle sold by his business to the Wounded Warriors Project, said, "We are very proud to be here and people have been very giving."

Tony Crapello collects donations at the event

The girls from Twisted Sistas Homemade Treats felt the same. "We love the energy out here and hope people our veterans and enjoy our treats."

Paula Mesa, Vanessa Rostant, Rachel Mesa of Twisted Sistas Homemade Treats help out

More than 1500 people attended the event. The money raised from ticket sales and proceeds from the auctioned items went to support local veterans. Florida Rock Stars will soon present a check to the veteran support group Thinking of You Services (TOYS).