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F&C 2022 Update: Readying to Pull Corks and Fill Forks this May


The Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival, hosted annually by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, will return in May with a palate-pleasing menu of events, ranging from the always popular University Master Classes, to an enticing Virtual Auction and a bountiful selection of Food and Wine Experiences from which to choose. Mark your calendars for May 9-15, 2022.For the second year in a row, missing from the roster of events will be the massive Grand Tasting that normally takes place in the Ringling Museum courtyard. Concerns about vintners traveling from abroad, supply chain issues and key staffing shortages, all brought on by COVID, led the Originals' Board of Directors to make this difficult decision.“While we know how the community looks forward to the excitement of the Grand Tasting, the difficulties that restaurants and wineries continue to face made our decision the right one,” said Michael Klauber, Founding Member of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals and 2022 Auction Chairman. “We promise that this year’s event will have enormous opportunities for guests to participate and for our visiting vintners and restaurateurs to showcase their talents in the local restaurants that we are so fortunate to have in our community.”Forks & Corks is the primary annual fundraiser for the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, supporting local, independently-owned restaurants and encouraging locals and visitors to our area to always “Eat Like a Local.”Whether you are a seasoned wineaux or still figuring out the different between Moscato and Merlot, they'll be something perfect for you.  This year’s epicurean festival will include:

  • May 9-15: A bountiful buffet of limited-time “Food and Wine Experiences" will be available during the week, including wine dinners, unique food-and-wine pairings, special menus, bottle discounts, cooking classes, tasting experiences and more - offered for dine-in or take-out at participating Member Restaurants.
  • May 9-15: Raise your virtual paddles at an Online Food and Wine Auction featuring rare and highly sought-after wines, international and domestic trips, and one-of-a-kind dining and party experiences. All funds raised by the Forks & Corks Online Food and Wine Auction are dedicated to promoting and sustaining the more than 60 local independent area restaurants that are members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals. The auction will open for previewing on Thursday, May 5, with bidding opening on May 9.
  • May 14 and 15: Led by a panel of world-renowned wine industry professionals, the University Master Classes are always a festival highlight. This year’s classes will once again present a rare opportunity to learn about wines from those instrumental in crafting them.

Additional details on the festival and tickets to Forks & Corks events will be available soon at EatLikeALocal.comThe Originals are thankful for ther 2022 Forks & Corks Sponsors including Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors, Icard Merrill, and Atlas Insurance.