Published: May 01, 2014 6:09 AM EDT
Updated: May 01, 2014 9:38 AM EDT

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. - Fort Myers Beach restaurants will celebrate the 19th Annual Taste of the Beach Sunday May, 4th, 2014. The popular food festival will include approximately 20 restaurants, plus a live on-stage concert featuring the Sean Chambers Band.

Local restaurants will serve up samples of their best signature dishes available for purchase. They will also be competing for the top Taste of the Beach Award honors in several categories including; Best Appetizer, Best Dessert, Best Beef/Pork/Chicken, Best Fish, Best Shellfish, Best Non-Meat, Best Decorated Booth, and People’s Choice.

The festival will take place near Old San Carlos Boulevard and First Street. Gates will open at 11:00 a.m., and food will be served up until it runs out or until 5:00 pm. Tickets will be available on-site. Admission is $5 for adults and children over 12. All children under 12 years will be free. Food tickets are $1.00 each, with the average plate costing around $5.

There are many restaurants participating in this event, all of which are members of the Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Some that have already signed up are Matanzas on the Bay, Beach Pierside Grill, Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Skip One Seafoods, Royal Scoop, Cataway’s Bar & Grill, and many more.

There is an expected 3,500+ to attend this event this year. There will be a panel of celebrity judges to do the honors of judging. Winners will be announced from the stage at 4:00 pm.

The Newspress, Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, Paradise Tropical Wines, Smokin’ Oyster Brewery, Nervous Nellie’s, Sky Zone, Caribbean Pearl, Krusty Pete's on the Beach, Budweiser, Advanced Disposal, Gavin's Ace Hardware, Liberty, Coast Construction, and many more will be sponsoring this event including the live music hosted from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.