|Published:||Sep 21, 2012 1:10 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 21, 2012 1:10 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- We have Eco-tourism, Heritage Tourism, and Agritourism. Now, there is a week that will be dedicated to showing off restaurants, in hopes of promoting Culinary tourism…to Lee County.
When the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau launched its new website earlier this month, they began listing the restaurants with dishes that included locally grown produce. They also wanted to bring attention to cooking demonstrations and tours going on at local farms, like Rabbit Run, where the crops grow hydroponically.
Denise Muir, owner of Rabbit Run Farms said, "People are coming to Southwest Florida to see what new innovations we're coming up with. We're going into the hydroponic, we're going into the aquaponic in Florida and then we're picking it and when it gets picked and leaves from here, if it's two days maybe at most going to a restaurant and it's being served right away."
One of the restaurants on the list using local products in their recipes also sells them in their market.
Brian Allen, Manager of Sandy Butler and Shoals Restaurant said, "We grow a lot of our vegetables out at our farm out in Alva, and we use those in the restaurant for, I'd say, most of the dishes over there… green beans, asparagus, zucchini squash…"
With a push toward healthy eating, Lee County is looking to develop a reputation for having outstanding restaurants, using fresh and chemical-free food, grown close to home.
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