This is a bit of a splurge, but a fun event nonetheless. Every year, for the past 31 years, the Fort Myers Junior League has hosted the Taste of the Town. Here’s how it works … About 40 local restaurants set up and sell small “tasting” portions (about half an appetizer size) for between $1 and $5 each. You pay for these with tickets you can only buy at ticket windows, cash is not accepted at the individual restaurant’s booth. All proceeds will go to the Junior League and its charitable projects.
This year’s Taste of the Town will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. One major change from last year is that it has moved to Jet Blue Stadium from its previous downtown River District location. Jet Blue Stadium is on Daniels Parkway, a few miles east of the Interstate.
This is definitely a fun event, but it would be less than forthright to call it frugal or family friendly. There is a $5 parking charge, and a $5 admission fee for children 12 and over, so a family with two teenagers has a $25 cover, plus the cost of food and drink (no coolers allowed). But it is a relaxing day, and the chance to try out creative specialties from many great local restaurants. If it works for you, it's a great time.
NBC Channel 2 developed an app to use to download maps and food information to your iPhone or other mobile device. It’s a great idea but, unfortunately, it was submitted to the App Store just last Friday. It takes about a week for a new app to become available. If you plan to go to Taste of the Town, keep searching the App Store for “Taste of the Town.” Having the app on your iPhone or your iPod Touch will make your visit more enjoyable.