By Kate Quesada

Check Out the FishHawk Market

This month’s FishHawk Market is taking place on Sunday, February 5, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Park Square. There are at least 40 vendors scheduled to attend this monthly event selling items such as fresh vegetables, fruits, domestic and imported cheeses, breads, baked goods, jams, jellies, herbs, honey, jewelry, home decor and more. The market takes place the first Sunday of every month from October-May from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information, contact the Resident Services Office at 657-6629.

Registration Open for FishHawk Ranch Chili Cook-Off

Who doesn’t love garden-fresh, homemade, mouth-watering chili? Whether you love to cook it or love to eat it, there are two ways to play at the 11th Annual FishHawk Ranch Chili Cook-Off taking place Saturday, February 25 from 12 Noon-2 p.m. There is no fee to enter chili which will be tasted by fans from throughout the community.

Three prizes will be awarded in each of the two categories, Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice. Individuals, teams and business owners are welcome to participate.

For a $5 fee, residents receive a spoon, tasting cup and one vote to determine the chili champs.

Chili cooks will start serving at 12 Noon and voting will end at 1:30 p.m. The award ceremony will take place at 1:45 p.m.

For details or to register as a cook, contact Susan Parvin at 657-6629, email or visit

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Kate Quesada is the Multimedia Manager for the Osprey Observer Newspapers. She has been working for the paper in various positions since 2005 when she graduated with her Masters degree in mass communications. She lives in Valrico with her husband Mike and son Dylan.