Taste of the Islands - Day 1 of 100 Things to do on Sanibel & Captiva
Day 1 of 100
Taste of the Islands
Sunday, November 16
The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club
Day 1 of 100 Things to do on Sanibel & Captiva takes us to CROW's Taste of the Islands on Sunday, November 16th. The annual event will be held from 11am-4pm at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. Proceeds will go to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), an organization that treats and cares for injured wildlife. I have used CROW's services numerous times, and they are an incredibly helpful organization! Tickets are $5 at the gate. Children 12 years and younger are free.
During the Taste of the Islands, you will be enjoying delicious food from over 20 restaurants, music from local bands, and lots of fun! Grab your sunglasses, cash, lawn chairs and be ready to have fun supporting CROW!
Check back after Taste of the Islands for videos and photos we took from the event!
Update: November 17 at 4:37 pm
Taste of the Islands Recap
We had a great time at Taste of the Islands yesterday! Great food, great music, and great people! We arrived around 12:30pm and The Dunes was packed! It is good to see that the last minute date change did not hurt attendance! If anything, the event got extra publicity for it.
After paying our $5 entrance fee and purchasing quite a few "Crow Bucks" (money used to purchase food/drinks at the tents), we headed over to check out the silent auction.
There was beautiful artwork, restaurant gift cards, hotel stays, as well as many other items up for auction. We put our names down on a couple of things, but ended up getting outbid in the end. Now it was time to eat!
Traders proved to have some excellent dishes with their Shrimp & Grits and their gooey Coca Cola Cake! Brendan loved them! Probably why they won People's Choice award for the second year in a row.
The Sundial debuted their new logo at Taste of the Islands and served an Ahi Tuna Burger. Flavors were great, even though I prefer rare tuna, but I understand they have to cook for the masses. It was served with a delicious cinnamon wonton!
The longest lines were in front of the Sanibel Deli's booth. It was probably due to their $1 pizzas and hot dogs, and $2 keilbasa sandwiches and Queenie's ice cream. What a deal! Brendan had a pizza and I had my favorite ice cream: Queenie's Toasted Coconut. Delicious!
The Sandbar won The Tast of the Taste award and had one of my favoite dishes of the day. The Teriyaki Filet Skewers were amazing! Great flavor and we were impressed with the portion served!
Brendan and I have been wanting to try Fresh Taqueria and we are glad we finally got an opportunity! I have an obsession with quacamole and Fresh Taqueria's did not dissapoint. You could tell the chips were homemade and that made all the difference! We will definitely be heading to Fresh Taqueria and feature them on 100 Things to do on Sanibel & Captiva!
Cips is one of our favorite restaurants on the island and when we go we always order the BBQ Shrimp, so we were so glad to see it on their Taste of the Islands menu. It is not your typical BBQ flavor but it is incredible with a slight kick of heat.
My favorite pasta dish of the day was the Shrimp Scampi from the Starfish Grille. Nice sized shrimp and a good amount of acid in the sauce. Tasted great and a nice presentation!
Taste of the Islands Winners
The Taste of the Taste – The Sand Bar
People’s Choice – Traders
Sustainable Seafood – Thistle Lodge: Macadamia Encrusted Mahi Mahi with Coconut Beurre Blanc
Best Appetizer – Thistle Lodge: Tuna Tatake Purse
Best Appetizer – Honorable Mention – Timbers: Shrimp Jalapeno Spring Roll
Best Dessert – Rosie’s Café and Grill: Cupcake Sundae
Best Meat – Blue Coyote: “Kurobuta” Pork with Sweet Blackberry Gastrique
Best Meat – Honorable Mention – The Jacaranda: Cochinita Pibil
Best Seafood – The Sand Bar – Crab Cake
Best Seafood – Honorable Mention – Starfish Grille – Crunchy Tuna Roll
Best Vegetarian – Timbers: Greek Salad and Summer Roll
Taste of the Islands Menu
|Traders||White Gazpacho-$2, Shrimp & Grits-$3, Coca Cola Cake-$1|
|Sundial||Ahi Tuna Burger-$4|
|Sanibel Deli||Pizza-$1, Hot Dog-$1, Kielbasa Sandwich-$2, Queenie's Ice Cream-$2|
|Starfish Grille||Shrimp Scampi-$4, Tiramisu-$3, Crunchy Shrimp Roll-$3|
|Among the Flowers Cafe||Smoked Tempeh Tahini Salad-$5, Raw Chocolate Bites-$2, Dirty Chai Drink-$3, Smoothies-$5|
|Matzaluna||Shrimp Crostini alla Velez-$2, Chianti Braised Shirt Ribs with Gorgonzola Polenta-$4|
|Timbers||Shrimp Jalapeno Spring Roll-$3, Greek Salad and Summer Roll-$3|
|Jacaranda||Herb Crusted Sea Bass-$4, Cochinita Pibil-$4|
|Sandbar||Sand Bar Crab Cakes-$5, Teriyaki Filet Skewers-$3, Shrimp Appetizer-$3|
|Lazy Flamingo||Smoked Salmon-$3, Baby Back Ribs-$3|
|Normandie Cafe||Cheese Grits and Shrimp-$3, Sanibel Snapper Slider-$3, Shrimp Lime Ceviche-$3|
|Fresh Taqueria||Gulf Shrimp Ceviche-$5, Veggie Slider-$4, Guacamole & Chips-$3, Angus Gringo Taco-$3|
|Blue Coyote||Blackened Shrimp Wonton Tacos-$3, Kurobuta Pork with Sweet Blackberry Gastrique-$5|
|Rosie's Cafe & Grill||Barbecue Platter-$3, Cupcake Sundae-$3|
|Doc Ford's||Chipotle Lime Shrimp Tostadas with Avocado Coulis Drizzle & Mango-$2, Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding a la Mode with Wild Berry Coulis-$2|
|Thistle Lodge||Tuna Tatake Purse-$4, Asian Braised Short Rub-$5, Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi with a Coconut Beurre Blanc-$4|
|Island Cow||Pulled Pork Sliders topped with fried pickes and cheese on a Hawaiian slider roll-$3|
|Pecking Order||Black Betty-$4, Chicken and Waffle-$4|
|Sanibel Fish House||Smoked Fish Dip-$3, Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche-$5|
|Cip's Place||BBQ Shrimp-$4, Prime Rib Sandwich-$4|