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13 Oct 2020
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Taste of the Islands 2020

We recently reported that this year’s Taste of the Islands celebration has been “Reimagined” in the wake of social distancing and Coronavirus.  This week, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) released their schedule of participating restaurants in the month of November.

  • Participants can purchase “Taste Passports” at CROW, Bank of the Islands / Edison National Bank, Bailey’s General Store, Huxter’s Market and Deli, and participating restaurants. 
  • Passports can also be purchased online and picked up at “will call” locations at the Chamber of Commerce on Causeway Blvd and CROW’s Visitor Education Center on Sanibel-Captiva Road. 
  • Every Sunday from noon to 4pm, a designated section of the islands will have featured locations for a “CROW Crawl” to sample selected delicacies (but can also redeemed at these locations anytime in November).  Tasters will have their passports stamped or punched to keep track of their progress. 
  • CROW will also set up a location to display examples of their work, including the Animal Ambassadors, wildlife that they have cared for but would no longer be able to survive in the wild.  If you can’t make it to the islands this year, be sure to find them on Facebook for videos from the restaurants and other news.

Passport holders will also be able to vote for their favorite restaurants in the “People’s Choice Award” and are eligible to win prizes including gift certificates and vacations. 39 restaurants (a new record!) will be participating in this event.

Schedule for Taste of the Islands 2020

November 1

Concentrating on Captiva Island and Santiva (near the bridge separating the two islands)

  • Tween Waters Resort, both at the Old Captiva House and The Crow’s Nest
  • Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille (Captiva location, near the entrance to South Seas Resort)
  • The Green Flash
  • The Lazy Flamingo (the original location, aka Lazy Flamingo #1)
  • Sunset Grill
  • The Mucky Duck (The only Captiva restaurant with a sunset view right on the beach!)

November 8

Near the west end of Periwinkle Way

  • The Great White Grill
  • Love Boat Ice Cream at Jerry’s Mall
  • The Pecking Order (Fried Chicken and Hand Pies)
  • Sanibel Deli and Coffee Factory
  • T2 Traders at the Village Shops
  • The Timbers Restaurant and Fish Market / The Sanibel Grill

November 15

Working towards the center of Periwinkle Way

  • The Blue Giraffe at Periwinkle Place
  • Island Pizza
  • MudBugs Cajun Kitchen
  • Sanibel Fish House
  • Sweet Melissa’s Café
  • Traders (the original, or T1)

November 22

Around Bailey’s Shopping Center and West Gulf Drive

  • The Clam Shack
  • Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille (Sanibel location, across from Bailey’s)
  • Joey’s Custard (inside Bailey’s Shopping Center)
  • Spoondrift Island Bowls (inside Bailey’s Shopping Center)
  • Thistle Lodge Restaurant (at the Casa Ybel Resort)
  • Normandie’s Seaside Café (at the West Wind Inn)

November 29

Most towards the east end of Periwinkle Way

  • Cielo
  • The Lazy Flamingo (aka Lazy Flamingo II, next to Dairy Queen)
  • Matzaluna (with Sanibel’s only wood-fired oven)
  • Sanibel Fresh
  • Seabreeze Café (at the Sundial Beach Resort)
  • Tipsy Turtle Restaurant & Bar (formerly The Jacaranda and The Jac)

We hope you’ll be able to enjoy the islands’ restaurants as much as possible (save room for Thanksgiving dinner!) while supporting CROW’s efforts to educate and practice wildlife care and conservation.

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