Taste of the Beach to return
Food festival and contest set for May 2 at Salty Sam's Marina in Fort Myers Beach
The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce announced the 25th Annual Taste of the Beach will take place on Sunday, May 2. The popular food festival held on Fort Myers Beach will include over 10 restaurants, promotional vendors, a beer garden, the famous server competition and live music. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Local restaurants will serve samples of their best signature dishes available for purchase. They will be competing for Taste of the Beach awards including; Best Appetizer, Best Dessert, Best Chicken Entrée, Best Surf Entree, Best Turf Entree, Best Vegetarian/Vegan, Best Decorated Booth and the People’s Choice award. A panel of celebrity judges will judge the food competitors. Winners will be announced on the main stage at 4 p.m. Along with tasty treats from the competing restaurants, the always spirited server competition will return, pitting server teams from local Fort Myers Beach restaurants against each other, vying for the coveted Best Server Team award.
The Taste of the Beach has come a long way since its inception in a muddy field on San Carlos Island 25 years ago. Since then, Fort Myers Beach ‘Tastes’ have been held at various locations on San Carlos Island and Estero Island. In 2013, the festival was moved to Old San Carlos Blvd. on Fort Myers Beach, where it grew and successfully drew bigger crowds and more participants each year. This year, it will be moved back to San Carlos Island and held at Salty Sam’s Marina at 2500 Main Street.
The festival gates will open at 11 a.m. and food will be served through 4 p.m. Advance tickets and discount ticket packages will be available on the Chamber’s website. Tickets will also be available on-site, at the front entrance, the day of the event. Food tickets are $1 each, with the average plate costing around $5. Admission fee is $5, benefitting the chamber.
All restaurants in the Fort Myers Beach surrounding area are invited to participate. To sign up your restaurant, business, or server team, call the Chamber at 239-454-7500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details, visit https://www.fortmyersbeach.org/events/taste-of-the-beach/.