The North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will once again put its restaurants and businesses in the spotlight as the sixth-annual Taste of North Fort Myers serves up tempting treats at the Shell Factory from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Shell Factory, which has just wrapped up its big Easter celebration, will gear up once again for one of the last huge events of the season.
About a dozen food vendors and several more businesses are expected to participate, with area restaurants offering samples of their signature dishes, usually in the $2 to $4 range to allow patrons to be able to taste the offerings of other food vendors.
"We're just getting people out to check out some of the great food vendors we have here," said chamber president Lenny Cannova. "It'll be a fun day for everyone and a chance to visit some of the local businesses."
While the event, which has grown slowly over the year, has always been known for its great eats, it also introduces other businesses in the area, such as chiropractors and insurance companies.
The challenge this year is that other businesses have been slow to sign up with seven as of press time. For those looking to take part, there is still time.
"It's taken a turn. We're still taking applications and are hoping to get that number up. We'll accept them until Friday," Cannova said.
Among the highlights will be the return as Country Express as the musical act. There will also be plenty to do for the kids, with clowns, balloons, face painting and more.
Of course, the Shell Factory and Nature Park will be open.
"I anticipate that being bigger, too, because with Easter being later there should be more people around for the event," said Rick Tupper, CFO and marketing director at the Shell Factory.
"It's not just handing out a flyer. They're going to taste some of their signature items on the menu. They're going to get their food on the street for people to try it. If they like it, they'll come back and patronize that restaurant," Cannova said.
Admission is $5, with children 10 and under free. There will not be food tickets this year as in the past, allowing the vendors to handle cash to make it easier for them.
For more information or if you're a business that wants to be a vendor, call the chamber at 997-9111 or Carolyn Graves at 770-1929.