A Taste for the Outdoor
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach and the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast is renowned for its vast array of one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures. However, it’s also a great place to take your taste buds on an adventure all their own. Foodies from around the world enjoy exploring the diverse flavor profiles on display throughout the area. Offering a unique variety of fresh, local seafood and authentic dishes and drinks inspired by worldwide traditional flavors, dining in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is an experience any serious epicurean will love.
As one of Florida’s premier culinary destinations, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach offers one-of-a-kind dining experiences not found anywhere else in the state. Discover Gulf-fresh seafood prepared by locals with recipes handed down through generations. The area teems with culinary artisans perfecting their craft, such as Jeanie Roland of The Perfect Caper, winner of “Beat Bobby Flay” and 5-time semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef South Region category. Peace River Seafood is the quintessential Florida cracker crab shack and a staple of Punta Gorda, well-known for its welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere and Florida Blue Crabs. Nestled within the eco-friendly, solar-powered community of Babcock Ranch, Table & Tap focuses on fresh, farm-to-table ingredients to create an ever-evolving menu you’re sure to love. From the authentic Turkish cuisine of Ephesus Mediterranean Grill to the eclectic melding of Caribbean and Southern-style flavors at Farlow’s on the Water, you’ll find new culinary horizons to explore and delicious delicacies to savor.
Whether you’re a craft beer connoisseur or just someone that appreciates a good drink, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach mixes its unique, local charm with some of your favorite beverages. Not only is rooftop bar Perch 360 a great place to catch a beautiful sunset, it’s also one of the coolest spots in Punta Gorda to grab a drink. Raise a glass to local flavor with a wide variety of superb craft beers available at Fat Point Brewing and Peace River Beer Company. For something a bit stronger, Alligator Bay Distillers in Punta Gorda crafts locally sourced “Cane-to-Bottle” rum made with 100% Florida molasses.
Let’s Eat Englewood – September 14-28, 2018
Celebrating the variety of unique dining options available throughout the area, Let’s Eat Englewood invites you to explore more than 20 restaurants and experience the area’s charming harborside communities and range of delectable flavors.
Harboritaville – Magic on the Water – October 18-21, 2018
Enjoy cold drinks, good music and delicious food with Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach’s annual Harboritaville. Embodying all the laidback charm of its namesake, this celebration of food, drinks and tunes is becoming one of the area’s most anticipated events.
Jazz and Wine Festival – February 23, 2019
Celebrating its monumental 14th year of bringing great music and even better wine to the Punta Gorda area, the award-winning Jazz and Wine Festival is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Each year the Punta Gorda Chamber strives to bring new artists to the event, exposing the area to a wide range of musical styles year after year.
Southwest Florida Walking Tours of Punta Gorda – starting October 2018
Explore the rich culture and history of Punta Gorda with a guided walking tour. While Southwest Florida Walking Tours of Punta Gorda offers different types of excursions exploring specific aspects of the area’s charming communities, a favorite among visitors is the Food and Pub Tour. This three-hour tour through historic downtown Punta Gorda gives visitors the opportunity to sample some of the area’s best bites while enjoying a leisurely walk.