Published: May 04, 2014 10:09 AM EDT

The 19th Annual Taste of the Beach is happening today on Fort Myers Beach. Restaurants will offer samples of their signature dishes available for purchase and compete for top Taste of the Beach Award honors in the categories of Best Appetizer, Best Dessert, Best Beef/Pork/Chicken, Best Fish, Best Shellfish, Best Non-Meat, Best Decorated Booth, and People’s Choice.

Gates open at 11:00 a.m. Food will be served until it runs out or at 5:00 p.m. Tickets will be available on site. Admission is $5 for adults and children over 12. Children under 12 are free. Food tickets will be $1.00 each, with a $5 average food serving price.

See more at: http://chamber.fortmyersbeach.org/events/details/taste-of-the-beach-2532#sthash.zQY6sTav.dpuf

Participating restaurants include Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Beach Pierside Grill, Skip One Seafoods, Royal Scoop, Castaway's Bar and Grill , Matanzas on the Bay Yucatan Beach Stand, Cabana's Beach Bar & Grille (at DiamondHead Resort), Pinchers Crab Shack, Nemo's on the Beach, Bongo's (at the Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina), Island View Restaurant (at the Lani Kai Beach Resort), Nervous Nellie's Crazy Waterfront Eatery, Jolly Roger on the Beach, Beach Bumsand Big Game Waterfront Grill