Florida's Paradise Coast – Naples, Marco Island and the western portion of the Everglades – is becoming one of the South's burgeoning "foodie" locales, as the area's culinary scene continues to evolve with an influx of high-profile events, inaugural food tours, and new restaurants.
Already well known for well-established annual events such as the Everglades Seafood Festival (February 1 to 3, 2013), Taste of Collier (May 6, 2012) and the Marco Island Seafood Festival (March 23 and 24, 2013), visitors can enjoy several newer festivals that add to the flavor of the destination.
The third annual Stone Crab Festival is scheduled for October 26 to 28 at various locations on the historic Old Naples Waterfront. From 10am until 4pm each day, visitors can indulge in fresh stone crab claws, live music, art activities, and more. Admission is free, and nearby parking is available for $5.
This year's inaugural Naples Craft Beer Fest was a sudsy success and event organizers are well on their way to making this an annual event each March. The Naples Craft Beer Fest features craft beer tastings, with each brew complimented by a food pairing provided by local restaurants and caterers.
Whether travelers are looking for a romantic escape or family getaway, Florida's Paradise Coast – Naples, Marco Island and the western portion of the Everglades – has an array of vacation options year-round. With more than 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, a thriving arts and culture scene, distinctive dining and the best of outdoor adventure, the Paradise Coast is truly a destination with it all.
For more information about the Paradise Coast, call 800-688-3600 or visit www.ParadiseCoast.com.
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