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Forks & Corks Festival 2019

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    Savor local flavor during the SunCoast’s premier Food and Wine and Festival. The Forks & Corks 2019 Grand Tasting was postponed due to inclement whether and will take place on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 at the Ringling Museum of Art. 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 is a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community.

    This 12th 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 May 2nd - May 5th, 2019. 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.

    Tickets for the Forks & Corks Grand Tasting and Forks & Corks University are available here.

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    The 2019 Forks & Corks Grand Tasting has been postponed due to inclement weather. The Grand Tasting will be held on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 at the Ringling Museum of Art.
     
    A limited number of tickets for the Forks & Corks Grand Tasting are available here.
     
    Date: May 5th, 2019
    Noon - 4 pm
     
    General Admission : $150.00 (plus tax and fees)
    Guests will be able to purchase up to two (2) 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), 
    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 Sponsor Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities 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 50 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.
     
    Each year, the Ringling Museum's iconic statue of David gazes upon the crowd as they enjoy a variety of sweet and savory fare. Originals restaurateurs and chefs continuously outdo themselves with fabulous dishes to guests' delights!

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

    The Grand Tasting of 2019 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.
     
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    Forks & Corks University will be held on Saturday, May 4th in the Michael's On East Ballroom from 1:00PM to 3:00PM.
     
    Forks & Corks University is the ultimate way to meet the brightest and the best of the wine world! Forks & Corks University Master Class is a Wine Seminar led by six world-renowned wine industry professionals and winemakers. Your ticket includes admission to the Master Class, showcasing 12 wines from around the globe. Guests will swirl, sip and savor as the passionate and accomplished panel leads them on a guided tour of wine from around the globe – no passport required. Your ticket ALSO includes admission to the Michael's Wine Cellar Retail Tasting featuring over 50 wines from over 15 participating wineries, immediately following Forks & Corks University, from 3:00PM to 5:00PM.

    Topic of Discussion:

    "Technique & Terroir - A Discussion of Old World & New World Wines"

    Featuring wines from

    Eagle Eye Winery - Napa Valley, California - presented by Bill Wolf, Owner & Winemaker
    Podere Ciona - Chianti Classico, Italy - presented by Lorenzo Gatteschi, Winemaker
    Reynolds Family Winery - Napa Valley, California - presented by Steve Reynolds, Owner & Winemaker
    Z'IVO Wines - Oregon - Willamette Valley, Oregon - presented by John Zelko, Owner & Winemaker
    Domaine Ambroise - Burgundy, France - presented by Bertrand Ambroise, Owner & Winemaker
    Willamette Valley Vineyards - Willamette Valley, Oregon - presented by Mary Joli
    Casa Ferreirinha - Douro Valley, Portugal - presented by Wayne Cheeseman
     
    The discussion will be moderated by Kristine Nickel, a veteran marketing and public relations professional. Kristine's parallel career has been wine and food writing. Beginning in 1983, Kristine penned the weekly Chicago Tribune wine column “Grapevine” that ran in multiple newspapers across the United States. Upon moving to Florida in 1990, she took on the role of restaurant critic for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, followed by covering the local food and wine scene for Sarasota Magazine. Kristine is a member of Les Dames de Escoffier and the Commanderie de Bordeaux. Her most recent endeavor involves the creation of a wine, food and travel blog called Affluent Adventures.
     
    Tickets are $50 and are available at the link below
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    Enjoy a variety of events at participating Originals restaurants featuring visiting winemakers paired with area's best chefs.

    Winemaker Events will be posted below as tickets become available to purchase.

    The SunCoast’s premier food and wine festival offers the perfect pairing during the 2019 winemaker events! From the ultimate upscale dinners to casual tastings and samplings, there is something for every palate. Enhance your experience with top-of-class wines, celebrity winemakers, and cuisine from the finest independently owned local restaurants and retailers.

    Events will take place May 2nd - 4th, 2019 at locations across Sarasota, Manatee and Venice. 

    Please contact sarah@dineoriginal.com with any questions.

    Starting on May 02, 6:00 pm
    At Fins at Sharky's 1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice, FL 34285, USA
    Starting on May 03, 6:30 pm
    At Pier 22 Restaurant 1200 1st Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205, USA
    Starting on May 03, 8:00 pm
    At Cafe Gabbiano 5104 Ocean Boulevard, Siesta Key, FL 34242, USA
    Starting on May 04, 1:00 pm
    At Michael's On East Ballroom 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239, USA
    Starting on May 04, 6:30 pm
    At GROVE Restaurant - Patio - Ballroom 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202, USA
    Starting on May 04, 7:00 pm
    At Michael's On East 1212 SE Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239, USA

     

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    The next Forks & Corks Trade Tasting will be held on Monday, January 27th, 2020.
    More information about how to register for this event will be posted in November of 2019.

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