Foodies Find Diverse Flavors Make Their Way from Farm to Table on Florida’s Historic Coast

Visitors to St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches may be surprised to find a robust dining scene set apart from other destinations by authentic flavors inspired by centuries of diverse history and an ample Florida farming community.  

Along with fresh seafood, dishes feature local fare cultivated by seasonally available produce, protein and dairy.  Collectively, the chefs of St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra routinely sprinkle their menus with farm fresh produce including potatoes, honey, blueberries, oranges, cheese and yogurt, eggs, asparagus, melons, and root vegetables.

In St. Augustine, Terra & Acqua is recognized by the Florida Department of Agriculture with its “Fresh from Florida” designation. So, too, is Ponte Vedra Beach’s Restaurant Medure.   

Favorites among the locals for consistently serving inventive farm-to-fork dishes are Michael’s Tasting Room, Catch 27, The Floridian, Aunt Kate’s on the River, Culinary Outfitters, and The Preserved.

The locavore movement extends to wine and spirits. The St. Augustine Distillery uses locally grown sugar cane, wheat, corn and citrus in its small batch Florida Cane Vodka, New World Gin, and Pot Distilled Rum and Bourbon whiskey. The San Sebastian Winery makes its wine with muscadine grapes from Florida vineyards.

Whimsical gourmet ice pop maker The Hyppo, crafts their all natural popsicles with everything under the sun. The pops have no preservatives, non-GMO and all its dairy is rBST free. 

One of the best ways to explore the area’s restaurants is with a food tour. Tasting Tours offers a tour of the area’s restaurants, sharing its history along the way.

And you may want to plan your visit around annual food festivals such as the St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival, the Datil Pepper Festival, the Great Chowder Debate, Rhythm and Ribs and the Taste of St. Augustine Festival.

The area’s culinary scene is complemented by a wide variety of lodging options, pristine Atlantic beaches, arts and culture, championship golf and plenty of old world charm.

On Florida’s Historic Coast you’ll find there’s always something to see, do and taste! Come and see for yourself what fresh is all about.