About Forks & Corks

Savor local flavor during the SunCoast’s premier Food and Wine and Festival. Forks & Corks will showcase the palate-pleasing products of an international cast of visiting winery owners and winemakers alongside the deliciously diverse cuisine of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants.

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals are a collaborative of independently owned restaurants and culinary innovators committed to uniting the energies of local restaurants and celebrating the food that’s indigenous to our Gulf-coastal lifestyle. Forks & Corks is the organization’s largest annual community event and fundraiser.

This 13th annual, multi-day epicurean event will be held in the spectacular courtyard of The Ringling Museum of Art, prominent Originals restaurants, premier wine retail shops, and other exciting venues across the region from January 23rd to 27th, 2020. The Forks & Corks world-class weekend of food and wine offers a feast for your senses through various vintner events and interactive food and wine seminars, culminating in the coveted Grand Tasting where guests enjoy a variety of samplings from the top local restaurants and wineries from around the world. Forks & Corks is one of the few festivals in the Southeast that offers guests the opportunity to taste and take home their favorite wines at all of the events throughout the weekend!

Schedule of Events

  • VIP Kick Off

  • Winemaker Events2

  • University

  • Grand Tasting2

  • Trade Tasting


Tickets for the Grand Tasting & University Master Classes will be available on Monday, November 4th at 7:00pm. Tickets are sold online only. Reservations for the Retail Tasting events and Winemaker Events can be made by contacting the host restaurant or store directly. Members of the hospitality industry can apply for passes to attend the Trade Tasting by registering online. Are you traveling to Sarasota for Forks & Corks? Learn more about our local accomodation partners on our Travelers page!



Be involved in one of the top five food & wine festivals in Florida. Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2020 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival are now available! View the various sponsorship packages and inquire via the contact box below to learn more.


The Sarasota-Manatee Originals rely on the support of our dedicated volunteers to host the fabulous Forks & Corks events each year. The festival attracts a total attendance of over 4,000 guests throughout the five days of events at multiple venues within Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Volunteer positions range from set up to guest service and everything in between! If you are interested in getting involved, please register below.


When are tickets for the 2020 Forks & Corks Events going on sale?

Tickets for the Grand Tasting & University Master Classes will be available on Tuesday, November 5th at 7:00pm. Tickets are sold online only. Reservations for the Retail Tasting events and Winemaker Events can be made by contacting the host restaurant or store directly. For more information on Retail Tastings and Winemaker Events click here.

How will I receive my tickets?

Your tickets will be e-mailed to you immediately after you complete your purchase. No printed tickets will be distributed, they will only be transmitted via e-mail. Please print your tickets at home or prepare to present them at the admission gate via your mobile device.

Is there a limit on how many tickets I can buy?

Yes, each customer may purchase up to 4 General Admission tickets and up to 2 VIP tickets for the Grand Tasting. There is no ticket limit for University Master Class.

What is the Ticket Sales Policy?

You should treat your tickets like cash. All tickets to the Forks & Corks Grand Tasting and University Master Classes are non-refundable and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. All events, prices, performances, venues, dates and times are subject to change without notice. All sales are final. Your tickets will not be replaced, refunded or exchanged for any reason whatsoever.

Is there a different ticket price for those who do not intend to sample wine at The Grand Tasting?

Unfortunately, we do not offer a reduced ticket price for those who do not intend to sample wine.

Can I buy a ticket from a third-party seller?

To have 100% confidence in the validity of your ticket purchase, you should only purchase your tickets through our Vendini ticket system. The validity of tickets purchased through other websites or resellers cannot be verified by The Sarasota-Manatee Originals prior to event day.

What is the Inclement Weather Policy?

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals accept no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for event cancellation or interruption because of inclement weather or other acts beyond its control. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals will not refund for cancellation due to inclement weather or other acts beyond its control.

Are children allowed at Forks & Corks Events?

Children are not allowed at the Grand Tasting, Trade Tasting & University Master Class events. These events are strictly 21 and up. Please don’t bring infants or small children in child carriers as they will not be permitted entry. For age information for Retail Tasting events and Winemaker Events please contact the host restaurant or store directly to inquire.

I am traveling from out of town for Forks & Corks, where should I stay?

Forks & Corks partners with a number of local resorts & hotels to provide you with discounted room rates. Please visit our Travelers page to learn more.

Where can I learn more about the Trade Tasting?

For more information about the 2020 Forks & Corks Trade Tasting, please click here.

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