Published: Jan 26, 2014 11:50 AM EST

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- You can enjoy delicious gumbo at the 12th annual Gumbo Festival at The Shell Factory in North Fort Myers from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. All proceeds benefit The Nature Park Environmental Education Foundation, Inc.

In order to help raise funds for the foundation, well known philanthropist, Sam Galloway has once again lent his name as presenting sponsor. Admission is free. Music, children’s activities, beer, cocktails, jello-shots and of course Gumbo; compare and experiment with different types.

Gumbo is a rich soup built around a base of a dark, rich roux supplemented with celery, onion, peppers, spices and meat or seafood.