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Chamber hosts Taste of North Fort Myers

February 28, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Taste of North Fort Myers Sunday, bringing together some of the area's best restaurants and food trucks as well as local vendors from the profit and non-profit world.

Seeing as the event took up the entire parking lot at the Shell Factory & Nature Park this year with nine food vendors and 13 business vendors, it proved to be a success and a great way to promote the chamber and the businesses it serves.

"It's a good turnout. We were really blessed today. Once church let out people really are beginning to come," said Lenny Cannova, Chamber president, who said this is among the largest fundraisers for the organization.

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Edible Arrangements brought their representatives from the Fruit Group. From left, Makayla Sibley, Jennifer Palms, John Kubicek and Jonas Jozaities.


Among the usual eateries was the Nauti Parrot, which used the event to promote its second restaurant to be opening soon on Fort Myers Beach.

"We've been here before and enjoyed it. People come to try our food in case they haven't gotten to our restaurant," said Mary Gibe, owner, who had Key Lime pie, shrimp skewers and a BLT-type sandwich made with fish. "When they see how our food is, they'll stop by."

The North Fort Myers Pop Warner football program was there to debut its new food truck, which they plan to use as a way to generate funds for the program. They had fried Oreos, a pulled-pork taco and nacho plate.

"We as a league invested in this truck as a way to raise funds for the league. We're the oldest league in the area and looking for ways to decrease fees and costs," said Steve Brown, who helps promote and create fundraisers for the organization. "It's our first time, so we're working out the kinks, but it's been steady."

'"Steady" was the theme of the day, as people came in and out throughout the day in a steady wave. Country Express provided the live entertainment.

Doug Dailey was doing double duty as honorary mayor of North Fort Myers for the Chamber and the new president for the civic association, which also had a booth.

"We officially kicked off our 2018 membership campaign and already got six new members and two businesses. We need to get out in the community and we're gaining notoriety," Dailey said as he took a break from selling raffle tickets for the chamber. "This is just the beginning. It will be a fun ride."



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