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Taste Your Way Through the Annual Gumbo Fest

January 07, 2019

We hope you have an appetite because you’ll want to come hungry—really hungry—to the 17th annual Gumbo Fest on Sunday, January 27! As always, the filling fest will be held at The Shell Factory & Nature Park, where you and your foodie crew can dig into the best gumbo outside of Louisiana. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy energetic live Zydeco music, fun family-friendly activities, and a wide selection of all the gumbo you can dream of. Creole or Cajun, spicy or extra spicy, however, you like your gumbo, you’re bound to find it here—as well as tasting your way through all of the varieties. And in true cookout fashion, you can experience the amazing community spirit that sets Fort Myers Beach apart. Make it a complete day with a visit to the nature park, as well! With full bellies and good spirits, you can see what this beautiful land has to offer.