First Annual Boca Gumbofest To Raise Awareness, Funds For Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

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By: Paige Ellenson Lynn University Contributing Writer

Local chefs will have the chance to be crowned the Grand Gumbo Master of South Florida during the first annual Boca GumboFest this month.

Those who head out can taste test offerings from local restaurants and breweries, dance the day away to music and enjoy the scenery while raising funds for Gumbo Limbo.

“I’m so excited that they are having an event like this,” said Grace Allen, West Palm Beach resident. “I’ve been to Gumbo Limbo many times and I think this in supporting a great cause.”

Boca GumboFest at Red Reef Park West, which focuses its efforts on environmental education, research and raises funds for Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, includes a full schedule for all to enjoy on Oct. 20 between noon to 6 p.m., at 1400 North Ocean Blvd.

“One of the best attractions in South Florida let alone that its free on a day to day basis,” Delray resident Sarah Trujillo said of Gumbo Limbo. “You should donate something though as they do great work rescuing sea life nearby, specializing in turtles. The grounds are beautiful to walk around.”

Some restaurants, chefs and supporters that will be at the event include: E&M Catering, Publix Aprons, Henry’s of Delray, Funky Buddha Brewery, TLC Animal Hospital, 4Ocean, Boca Resort and Beach Club, JM Family and many more.

Admission tickets range from $5 to $50. All tickets include admission, parking and at least one Gumbo Buck to use at the vendors inside. Gumbo Bucks are used for all vendors and all the proceeds from Gumbo Bucks will be given to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Inc. Some packages also include a bracelet for expedited lines, a packet of five tickets that is worth a $10 value and commemorative steel pint pre-filled with a beverage of choice. Pre-sale tickets for an early-bird price are available to purchase now and more Gumbo Bucks will also be available to get inside.

“This event actually sounds cool,” Palm Beach State student Tyler Kramer said. “I’m usually not that into this type of stuff, but raising money for a good cause and getting to go see what it’s all about on top of that just seems like a good experience and opportunity to learn about new things.”

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center was founded in 1984 and is both a coastal and marine experience that is spread apart a 20 acre preserve. Many rare and endangered plants and animals are on the property and are protected by the staff, volunteers and many organizations coming together.

For more information or to purchase admission tickets, visit gumbolimbo.org