Taste of “Taste”

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View a sampling of the fun, food and musical sensations from the 35th annual “Taste of the Islands,” a popular fundraiser on the islands for CROW.

Fifteen local restaurants provided tasty nibbles for the crowds and judges earlier this month at Sanibel Community Park. It was a food lover’s delight, with a sprinkling of live entertainment, silent auction and an “Adopt-A-Species” program added for authentic flavor.

Best of all, there’s now a new list of “be-sure-to-try” favorites for when you return to Sanibel’s dining scene upon your next visit. This year’s winners were:

Best Appetizer: Thistle Lodge – Scallop Pork Belly
Best Meat: Thistle Lodge – Lamb Lollipop
Best Seafood: IL Cielo – Pan Seared Dayboat Scallop with a Corn Relish, Shaved Cucumber & Citrus Aioli
Best Dessert: Love Boat Ice Cream – Salty Jack Ice Cream
Taste of Taste: IL Cielo
People’s Choice: Traders

Honorable Mention:
Best Appetizer: Shima at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa – Shima Roll
Best Meat: Dunes – Prime Rib Steak Slider
Best Seafood: Traders – Seared Ahi Tuna
Best Dessert: Sanibel Fish House – Panna Cotta