More than 1,200 people are expected to flock to downtown Fort Myers on June 29 for the annual "Taste of Lee" event. This event is a collaboration between UF/IFAS Lee County Extension and the Caloosa Rare Fruit Exchange.
This event is a huge display of locally grown tropical fruits and vegetables. An emphasis is placed on the unusual fruits that many people have not seen or tasted. Free tasting of locally grown fruits and vegetables and freshly caught sea food are provided. Farmers and fishers will also bring their edibles for sale including cheese, honey, herbs, fruits, vegetables and seafood. Tropical fruit trees will also be for sale. Come taste and buy what local farmers and your neighbors are growing. Free classes will be offered by experts in herbs, making teas, growing tropical fruits, food preservation, growing tropical fruit trees, edible natives and more.
The event will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at First Baptist Church of Fort Myers, 1735 Jackson St., Fort Myers. General admission is $2; children 12 and under are free. There is no pre-registration; parking is free; and hourly raffles are planned. Also, a Carmen Miranda look-alike contest is slated for noon. The adult prize is $50 and the youth prize is $25.
The event present a wealth of knowledge provided by UF/IFAS Extension Agents as well as numerous Caloosa Rare Fruit members and UF/Extension Master Gardeners who will be on hand to answer your questions. UF/IFAS Extention is under the umbrella of Lee County Parks & Recreation. Call (239) 533-7504 or visit lee.ifas.ufl.edu or www.leeparks.org