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April Events You Are Not Going To Want To Miss


Are you looking for some fun events in April but not sure what is deserving of your valuable time?  Well, we have some April events that you are not going to want to miss.  For starters, let’s talk about Forks & Corks!!!  Foodies and wine lovers, Forks & Corks was specially curated for you!  

Sarasota - Manatee Originals and its members are beyond excited to present you with the following April events.  These events are bringing the fun, food, and of course wine.

Forks & Corks Online Food and Wine Auction

This auction will be open for preview on Thursday, April 13, with real-time bidding starting on Monday, April 17 at 8:00 AM and ending on Sunday, April 23 at 3:00 PM

Forks & Corks Wine Dinners & More

April 20

Pop’s Sunset Grill featuring Babylonstoren | 11:30 AM (Brunch)

Element: Steak. Seafood. Pasta featuring ZD Wines | 6:30 PM

Café Gabbiano featuring Catena Zapata  | 8:00 PM

1592 Wood Fired Kitchen & Cocktails featuring Sean Minor Wines | 7:30 PM

Fins at Sharky’s featuring Stringer Cellars | 6:00 PM

Harry’s Continental Kitchen featuring Safriel House (time TBD)


April 21

Mean Deans Local Kitchen featuring Willamette Valley Vineyards |  7:30 PM

Michael’s on East featuring Hamilton Russel, Stark-Condé, and Kara Tara | 7:00 PM

Miguel’s featuring Paul Cluver Family Wines and Botanica Wines | 6:00 PM

Tzeva featuring Lerner Project and Thompson 31fifty | (time TBD)

Bevardi’s Salute! Restaurant featuring Famiglia Cotarella and Regaleali-Tasca d'Almerita | (time TBD)

April 22

Sage Featuring Banfi (time TBD)

Mattison’s featuring Obsidian Wine Co., Cantine Dei, and Champagne Jacquart (time TBD)

Michael’s on East featuring Château Lagrange and Château Pape Clément | 7:00 PM

April 24

BeachHouse featuring Wölffer Estate (time TBD)

Forks & Corks University Master Classes

Learn more about various wines in these engaging wine seminars designed for those who want an educational experience accompanied by guided tastings.  Admission includes wine tasting paired with carefully selected light bites.

 Location: Master Classes for the 2023 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival will be offered on Saturday, April 22, and will take place at Michael's on East Ballroom and Wine Cellar. 1283 S. Tamiami Tr, Sarasota, FL 34239.

Buy tickets for the following Master Classes here.

South African Adventure | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Pinot Noir: World Tour | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Life is a Cabernet | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (SOLD OUT)

*Due to international travel and inventory limitations, class panelists or wines presented may be subject to change.

Following the Master Classes, from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM guests also receive complimentary admission to an Open House at Michael's Wine Cellar.

The Grand Tasting

Sunday - April 23, 2023

VIP 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

(Courtyard doors open to VIP and Early Access guests at 11:30 AM)

General Admission 12:00 PM -  4:00 PM

This event features delicious dishes presented by over 40 Members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant group.  There are over 300 wines from around the world to sample while listening to live musical entertainment. A full day of activities is scheduled in the VIP tent, presented by The Scout Guide.

The Grand Tasting is being held at one of the most exquisite locations Sarasota has to offer which is the courtyard and greenspace of the Ringling Museum of Art.


Easter Events

How does Easter brunch at Element sound to you?  Brunch starts at 11:00 AM and will be wrapping up at 2:00 PM.  Take a look at their amazing menu offerings.  Plus, mimosa bottle service?  Yes, indeed!  You are going to want to make your reservations ASAP.  

Can’t make it for brunch?  Element will be open for Easter dinner as well - 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

See you there! Cheers!

Thank you to our Forks & Corks Presenting Sponsor!