Palmetto Bay Food & Music Festival to benefit veterans

The Palmetto Bay Food and Music Festival will take place on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at the Palmetto Bay Village Center. It is a special event not only for fun and entertainment, but also to raise awareness and funding for the local veterans support organization, Thinking of You Services.

Florida Rock Stars is presenting the event to “bring the community together in a ceremony to celebrate our nation’s veterans.” Those veterans who attend will be presented with a certificate of recognition and the mayors of Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay have been invited to participate. “Florida Rock Stars can think of no greater cause than to support those special people who put their lives on the line for their country, our veterans,” said Mickey Filippucci, one of the event organizers. “We don’t think they get enough recognition for their courage and sacrifice defending our freedom. Florida Rock Stars salutes our veterans on this Veterans Day.”

The upscale festival features some of the finest local Classic Rock bands in South Florida, including The Regs, Mr. Nice Guy, 3 Feet Closer, Eclipse and the X’s. In addition, gourmet food will be served up by the Food Truck Invasion, which will be rolling out 20 food trucks to provide assorted dining experiences. There will be cash bars and numerous other vendors to add to the festival experience. Gates open at 3 p.m. and the show runs from 4 to 10:30 p.m., rain or shine. No coolers may be brought onto the grounds.

Palmetto Bay Village Center is located at 18001 Old Cutler Rd. Tickets are $20 at the gate while advance tickets are $15 online at the Florida Rock Stars website. Reserved VIP tables (8 tickets) with cocktail waitress service are available for $200. For more information, visit

Florida Rock Stars is building a new local entertainment network to “connect local talent and local live entertainment venues with local c o m m u n i t i e s through good music and good times.” F r e d d i e Ambrose, a veteran who with his wife founded Thinking of You Services, said he appreciates the effort Florida Rock Stars is making to help his organization.

“I think that’s very commendable of them raising money for different charities and I thank them for choosing us for this particular event,” Ambrose said. “I hope everyone will come out to support us. Also, anyone who has friends, church members or family members overseas, contact us and we will send them a free care package for Christmas.”

To submit names of service men and women send an email to Ambrose at

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