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The Food Scene in St. Augustine— Where Food And Wine Are Naturally Part of the Culture By Stacey Wittig


rom the datil pepper, which ancestors of indentured servants have grown in backyard gardens for centuries, to seafood plucked from the ocean in its front yard, the food scene in St. Augustine, Florida, bene ts from its history and long tradition of tourism Exploring the cultures of a place, primarily through the lens of food and wine, gets my juices owing. Tasting, sipping and strolling along Florida’s Historic Coast, which includes St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach, satiated that craving in more ways than I expected St. Augustine is located about halfway between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach on the state’s east coast. An extensive system of public lands, including wildlife preserves, state parks, and national recreation areas, keeps beaches and wooded wetlands oh, so natural. Further inland, the mild climate and rich soils produce intensely- avored fruits and vegetables that we found highlighted by local chefs and winemakers. .