Forks & Corks Festival 2019
Savor local flavor during the SunCoast’s premier Food and Wine and Festival. Forks & Corks 2019 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 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 January 25, 2019 - January 27, 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.
Date: January 27, 2019Noon - 4 pmTickets to the Grand Tasting go on Sale November 5, 2018 7:00pmGeneral Admission : $150.00 (plus tax and fees)Guests will be able to purchase up to four (4) General Admission TicketsVIP Admission : $350.00 (plus tax and fees)Guests will be able to purchase up to two (2) VIP TicketsVIP 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 January 24, 2019 (location TBD), Early entrance (11:00am) for the Champagne Reception atThe 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 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.
Saturday, January 28, 2017Location: Michael's On East Ballrooom and Wine Cellar - MAPDate: January 26, 2019
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.
Below is a sample from the 2018 event. The listings for 2019 will be updated in early December 2018.
FULL DAY SEMINARMorning Session: 10:00am - Michael's On East Ballroom"California History Lesson" Featuring:
Neyers Vineyards Bruce Neyers Quady Winery Andrew Quady Talley Vineyards Eric Johnson Rombauer Vineyards Regan Rombauer Bell Wine Cellar Anthony Bell Alexander Valley Vineyards Harry Wetzel Pedroncelli Winery Ed St. Jon
Afternoon Session: 1:30pm-3:00pm - Michael's On East Ballroom
Castello di Querceto Marco Fozialetti Bisol Gianluca Bisol Maeli Wine Elisa Dilavanzo Tenuta Forconi Riccardo Forconi Grattamacco Emanuele Gastel Borgogno Andrea Cravero
HALF DAY SEMINARSession Begins at 10:00am - Michael's Wine Cellar"Tour of the Northwest"The 2018 University Luncheon will be provided by:Time: 11:30am-1:30pmLocation: Michael's On East RestaurantThis amazing four course lunch with wine pairings is included with your University Full and Half Day tickets
First Course: Michael' On East
Second Course: PIER 22 Restaurant
Third Course: Mattison's
Fourth Course: Beach House Restaurant
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! Events will take place January 24th-26th, 2019 at locations across Sarasota, Manatee and Venice. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Monday, January 28th, 2019 | 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens
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