Charlotte County restaurants come together to share their best food at WINK News’ biggest and best food festival, WINK Taste of the Town.

The event takes place in Punta Gorda and for the first time in Lashley Park.

The event showcases the best of Charlotte County, showcasing local food and community businesses. Vendors included Dawg Pound, J and K’s Mobile Cafe and Wonderland Cookie Dough and Ice Cream.

Families could enjoy a children’s zone and live music throughout the morning.

WINK News spoke with one vendor who came all the way from Ohio and another from Pennsylvania.

“We’re known for our bourbon, chicken, rice and beans, we have sweet cornbread, we sell our sauce. My boss, he’s from Louisiana and these are all his recipes, I’m just lucky to work for him,” said Melissa Stromberg of Louisiana Grill.

“This is my first time here in Florida, I came from Pennsylvania, so this is also a new experience for me. We’re known for wings, cheesesteaks, bacon, chicken, cheese, steaks, cheese, fries, burgers, but cheesesteaks were number one,” said Floyd Austin of Snook’s Wings and Things.

The event takes place from 11am to 5pm at Lashley Park in Punta Gorda and benefits the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Tickets are available at the door or online.

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