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No one has time to eat out at every restaurant in the county while they’re on vacation. But at the Sixth Annual Taste of Lee on Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can sample as many Lee County restaurants as your stomach will allow.
The Sixth Annual WINK Taste of Lee features the best of restaurants from Lee County. Attendees can also look forward to a kids area, and non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, and live music from Chasing Dallas, Rocker, Collaboration, and Gimi Jimi. Located at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers, the food festival is set against the ultimate backdrop of the Caloosahatchee River. Taste of Lee is a great event for the entire family, no matter how old you are. Everyone loves to eat!
More than 5,000 attendees are expected each year. Taste of Lee helps area restaurants gain exposure and introduces them to people who otherwise may not have heard of them or haven’t yet had a chance to try their food. Live music is performed on the mainstage throughout the day while kids enjoy arts and crafts, playing in the bounce house or climbing on the rock wall. What makes this event different from other area festivals like it is that the participating restaurants get to keep all of their proceeds. The average food vendor sales earned is $2,000 and top earners sell more than $3,000.
Taste of Lee is in Fort Myers, Florida. Centennial Park is located at 2000 W. First Street in the downtown Fort Myers River District. It’s situated along the beautiful and wide waters of the Caloosahatchee River and it’s a short walk to downtown Fort Myers’ boutiques, galleries and restaurants. If you have time, you won’t regret a quick walk around the block. The Spanish architecture and unique shops are charming and worth a look.
This 10-acre park has room to stroll, picnic and enjoy the tropical atmosphere. There’s plenty of room for restaurants at Taste of Lee, and there are also seating options for you and your loved ones.
Downtown Fort Myers is bordered by the mighty Caloosahatchee River’s southern banks. The river travels through Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. This is the body of water you see when you go over the two bridges from downtown Fort Myers to North Fort Myers, and the two bridges that lead to Cape Coral from Fort Myers. Boating is a central part of life here and since the weather is favorable during most months of the year, you’ll often find boaters, kayakers and paddle boarders taking advantage of its calming beauty. If you’re looking for a boat rental while you’re in Southwest Florida, Port Sanibel Marina has a variety of options. When you stay a Royal Shell vacation rental, you’ll receive 30% off boat rentals at the marina. And if you’re staying at a waterfront property with a dock, they’ll deliver the boat to you.
Taste of Lee is one of Lee County’s most beloved annual events. There’s no better way to bring people together than with food, and it’s incredible that the public gets to try the best of Lee County restaurants in one place. Gather the entire family, recruit your friends and make a day of it. There are food options for all types of palates and you’ll be downtown, too. Explore the shops and restaurants after you get your Taste of Lee. If you’re too full after the festival, you can get drinks at The Firestone Skybar & Martini Bar, Social House or any other of the unique bars.
Let us know what you think of Taste of Lee! We’d love to hear about your favorite new restaurant.