Experience Florida’s Culinary Delights on a Foodie Holiday

Not many people necessarily think of Florida and gourmet food offerings, and that’s a shame. For many years, the Sunshine State was the place to come for fun, frolics and theme parks, but not much else, especially when it came to restaurants. Nowadays, Florida is just as much about fine food and genuine culinary creativity as anything else.

That means your Florida holiday definitely needs to make time for some great dining experiences, as well as the regular diet of sun, sand, shopping and excitement. Not only will you encounter a greater quality of restaurant options than ever before, the variety has never been broader, and it is an across-the-board phenomenon, from Panama City Beach to Palm Beach, and St Augustine to St Petersburg.

Enjoy Southern Comforts

The state’s inherent cuisine is fairly basic, with strong Southern overtones. Grits, gator nuggets and catfish have typically been the culinary currency for half a century or more, but the last couple of decades have seen an incredible growth in international cuisines, fusion styles, creative directions and genuine foodie influences. New York may be the most intense for restaurant variety, but the likes of Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville and even Orlando aren’t far behind any more. Yes, Orlando, the home of theme parks – and theme park food – for more than 40 years is now the home of great dining as well.

So, for your next trip to the Sunshine State, whether it is your first or your 21st, remember to pack your tastebuds as well as your swimsuit and sun tan cream, because you’ll need them like never before.

Seafood Paella, a picture of a paella with cutlery and a glass of wine