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About Forks & Corks

Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival is hosted by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals and is our organization’s primary annual fundraiser, bringing critical marketing dollars to promote dining in local, independently-owned restaurants and encouraging locals and visitors to our area to always “Eat Like A Local.”

For each of the last 13 years, the Sarasota-Manatee Originals have proudly presented the Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival in celebration and support of our area’s independent restaurant community.

Approaching the 14th year of Forks & Corks festival events, with guidelines for safely gathering changing every day and COVID-19 vaccine administration underway, we made the decision to organize a very different kind of Forks & Corks experience for 2021.

This spring, Forks & Corks will offer guests a menu of specially-curated and controlled offerings and events designed to boost community engagement while highlighting the talents of our area’s brilliant and resilient food & beverage scene. 

In lieu of the Grand Tasting, the Sarasota-Manatee Originals will host an Online Auction beginning Monday, April 26 through Sunday, May 2. The funds raised from the Forks & Corks Online Auction are dedicated to promoting and sustaining the over 60 local independent area restaurants that are members of our organization. 

The pandemic has had a profound impact on the hospitality industry on a global scale. Our Member Restaurants have emerged as leaders, setting the standard for safety protocols, providing food and other resources to their community in need and pivoting continuously to best meet customer demand. Our regional independent restaurants are a strong community of professionals who work together, not just in times of need, but in the individual challenges that we all face daily.

Tickets

Tickets for Forks & Corks University Master Classes and The Blend Sarasota Strolling Dinner Party can be found below! Additional University Master Class events will be announced soon. Please check back for more details!

Sponsorship

Be involved in one of the top five food & wine festivals in the state of Florida. Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2022 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival will be available soon! Inquire via the link below which will direct you to the Originals' contact box.

Volunteer

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals rely on the support of our dedicated volunteers to host the fabulous Forks & Corks events each year. Volunteer positions range from set up to guest service and everything in between! If you are interested in getting involved, please register below.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will Forks & Corks 2021 take place?

Forks & Corks events will take place from Monday, April 26 through Sunday, May 2.

Is Forks & Corks a fundraiser?

Forks & Corks is our organization’s largest annual fundraiser, bringing critical marketing dollars to the Sarasota-Manatee Originals to promote dining in local, independently owned restaurants. The pandemic has had a profound impact on the hospitality industry on a global scale. Our Member Restaurants have emerged as leaders, setting the standard for safety protocols, providing food and other resources to their community in need and pivoting continuously to best meet customer demand. Our regional independent restaurants are a strong community of professionals who work together, not just in times of need, but in the individual challenges that we all face daily. We ask that you join hands with us to shine a light on the challenges our industry is facing. 

I want to participate in Forks & Corks but I am not comfortable attending in person events yet. What are my options?

If you would like to be involved in Forks & Corks virtually, we suggest you check out the Online Auction! You will have the opportunity to bid on unique and rare wines, virtual tasting experiences and certificates for future experiences in person. All bidding will take place online! 

In addition, we encourage you to view the Forks & Corks Food and Wine Experiences. Our Member Restaurants will offer unique food and wine pairings to-go as well as in the restaurant.

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Sarasota-Manatee Originals
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Sarasota, FL 34239
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