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Forks & Corks Festival 2018

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    Savor local flavor during the SunCoast’s premier Food and Wine and Festival. Forks & Corks 2018 will showcase the palate-pleasing products of an international cast of visiting winery owners and winemakers alongside the deliciously diverse cuisine of more than 50 members of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community.

    This 11th annual, multi-day epicurean event will be held in the spectacular courtyard of The Ringling Museum of Art, the elegant ballroom of Michael’s On East and other exciting venues across the region from January 26, 2018 - January 28, 2018. The Forks & Corks world-class weekend of food, wine and beer offers a feast for your senses through various vintner events; interactive food and wine seminars; and The Grand Tasting, which features a wide variety of wines, beers, and food sampling from top local restaurants, live entertainment and more.

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    Sunday, January 29, 2017

    Location: The Ringling Museum of Art - MAP
    Date: January 28, 2018
    Noon - 4 pm
     Tickets to the Grand Tasting go on Sale November 6, 2017
    General Admission : $150.00 (plus tax and fees)
    Guests will be able to purchase up to four (4) General Admission Tickets
    VIP Admission : $350.00 (plus tax and fees)
    Guests will be able to purchase up to two (2) VIP Tickets
    VIP Admission Includes: A $150.00 Wine Voucher (to be used in the Retail Tent at the GrandTasting),
    Invites to the Event Kickoff party held on 1-25-18 (location TBD), Early entrance (11:00am) for the Champagne Reception at 
    The Grand Tasting, Covered Seating at the event, Designated Valet Parking.
    For more information or to learn about Patron Ticket and Sponsorship Oppourtunities please contact 941-365-2800. 

    The Grand Tasting is the ultimate destination for the foodie and wine or beer lover! Enjoy fabulous food from over 50 of the area's top restaurants, taste wine from over 80 international wineries and enjoy exciting micro-brews and craft beers. The backdrop for this spectacle is the stunning courtyard of the world-renowned John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
    Last year, the Ringling Museum's iconic statue of David gazed upon the crowd as they enjoyed perfect weather and a variety of sweet and savory fare. Originals restaurateurs and chefs outdid themselves with fabulous dishes to guests' delights!

    The acclaimed vintages of over 70 wineries from around the world were poured, with winemakers from California, Oregon, Italy, South Africa, France, Spain, New Zealand, South America and many other locales chatting with guests and enjoying the excitement of the afternoon.

    The Grand Tasting of 2018 promises to be even more tantalizing with new Originals member restaurants serving their specialties alongside well-known local favorites. We will feature our popular silent auction with special wines donated by our participating wineries. A popular feature again this year, guests will have the opportunity to purchase your favorite wines from the afternoon of sampling.  Our convenient retail tent will allow guests the chance to purchase and take home the wines they loved that day. Many of the unique wines available to taste at the Grand Tasting are not readily available for purchase locally, so we always suggest that people buy that day.

    Saturday, January 28, 2017

    Location: Michael's On East Ballrooom and Wine Cellar - MAP
    Date: January 27, 2018

    Forks & Corks University provides a unique opportunity to taste and learn about rare and inspired wines during seminars led by a panel of celebrated winemakers. These educational seminars, led by recognized wine experts from around the world, will take your wine knowledge to a higher level.

    Each session includes a gourmet four course luncheon with wine pairings.



    Sessions will be announced shortly! Stay tuned for more details!



    Sessions will be announced shortly! Stay tuned for more details!
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    Enjoy a variety of events at participating Originals restaurants featuring visiting winemakers paired with area's best chefs.

    Events range from ultimate upscale dinners to casual tastings and samplings. These events are a great way to rub elbows with wine celebrities and to enjoy a special evening of great food and wine! A complete listing of Winemaker events will be listed in December 2017. Events will take place January 27-28, 2017 at locations across Sarasota, Manatee and Venice. Please contact with any questions.


  • Monday, January 29th, 2018 | 11:00am - 2:00pm   

    Location: Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens

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