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Tickets for Grand Tasting Sold Out in Record Time!

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November 13, 2012

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The Sixth Annual

Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival

Tickets for The Grand Tasting Sold Out in Record Time!

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals sold 110 VIP tickets in under an hour and 1,250 general admission tickets in three hours and 50 minutes!!

This four-day culinary celebration, January 25-28, 2013, brings together celebrated regional chefs, world-renowned vintners and brewmasters, and industry insiders.

(Sarasota, Florida) Tickets for The Grand Tasting, the anchor event of the Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival, sold out in record time yesterday. According to Kate Atkin, executive director of the presenting organization, The Sarasota-Manatee Originals, 110 VIP tickets sold out within an hour and 1,250 general admission tickets sold out in three hours and 50 minutes after the ticket sale opened at noon on November 12.

"This is absolutely unprecedented," says Atkin. "We knew tickets would go fastbut we had no idea they'd go this fast. Last year, we sold out in eight days, which was still excellentbut this was just off the wall. This is what sets us apart from all other regional food and wine festivals. We even had calls and emails from overseas; people were desperate for tickets. Our phone was ringing off the hook all day!"

Atkin says that tickets for Forks & Corks University's food and wine and seminars (January 26) are still available. The full-day seminar,A World of WhiteandBig, Red and Beautiful,featuring boutique wines from France, New Zealand, Italy and California, is 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Michael's on East Ballroom. Tickets are $150 (plus service charge) and include a four-course gourmet luncheon with wine pairings. A half-day seminar,California Road Show,featuring white wines from select California winemakers, is 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar. Tickets are $75 (plus service charges) and include a four-course gourmet luncheon with wine pairings. Tickets can only be purchased online at www.dineoriginal.com/forksandcorks.

Presented by The Sarasota-Manatee Originals (SMO), the four-day culinary festival features various winemaker events at area restaurants and shops (January 25, 26); Forks & Corks University's food and wine and seminars (January 26) in Michaelon East's Wine Cellar and Ballroom; and The Grand Tasting (January 27), in the courtyard of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. For information and tickets, visit www.dineoriginal.com/forksandcorks.

This years The Grand Tasting charitable partner is The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. For a complete listing of special events, and for more information about the sixth annual Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival, visit www.dineoriginal.com/forksandcorks or call 941-955-3663. About The Sarasota-Manatee OriginalsThe Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2003, of more than 50 locally-owned, independent restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Member restaurateurs are dedicated to preserving the culinary heritage of the Suncoast.

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