If you act now, there's still time to hit up each of your favorite restaurants before they become inundated with snowbirds, tourists, and out-of-towners. To get them all in one shot, experience quintessential Fort Lauderdale during a fun -- and educational -- walking tour with delicious stops along downtown's Las Olas Boulevard: Taste of Las Olas Food Tour. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you sample and taste your way through a variety of the downtown area's most popular restaurants and gourmet shops, where you'll get exclusive tastings crafted just for the tour.
Discover the secrets of local and tropical ingredients used in some of your favorite dishes, or get a better understanding of Floribbean fare, the blending of Caribbean and European cuisine unique to South Florida. You'll even get a chance to meet the people behind the food as you gain a newfound appreciation for the cultural melting pot that is Fort Lauderdale. By the end, you'll have learned a few new facts, met a few new faces, and uncovered a few new artisanal delights right in your own backyard. The tour's five food stops are equivalent to a five-course meal, everything from olive oil and winetastings to charcuterie and Caribbean cuisine. The tour can cater to vegetarians but is not designed for gluten-free and vegan diets.
The Taste of Las Olas Food Tour is a weekly event that takes place every Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $79 per person ($49 for children 12 and under). Visit ftlauderdalefoodtours.com.