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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. 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.

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    Tickets for the 2019 Forks & Corks Grand Tasting are sold out! Visit the "Winemaker Events" tab for information on additional events!
    Date: January 27, 2019
    Noon - 4 pm
     Tickets to the Grand Tasting go on Sale November 5, 2018 7:00pm
    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 January 24, 2019 (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 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, 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, 2017

    Tickets for the 2019 Forks & Corks University are sold out! Visit the "Winemaker Events" tab for information on additional events!
    Location: Michael's On East Ballrooom and Wine Cellar - MAP
    Date: Saturday, 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.

    Purchase Tickets for Forks & Corks University 


    $125.00 per person (plus service fees)

    Morning Session begins at 10:00am
    Michael's On East Ballroom
    A Pioneering Spirit
    Historic Napa Valley Wineries
    Martinelli Winery  Julianna Martinelli, Owner
    Trefethen Family Vineyards  Lorenzo Trefethen, Owner
    Trinchero Napa Valley  Carlo Trinchero, Owner
    Alexander Valley Vineyards Harry Wetzel IV, Owner
    Rombauer Vineyards Luke Clayton, Winemaker
    Afternoon Session begins at 1:30pm, ends at 3:00pm
    Michael's On East Ballroom
    A Passion for Pinot Noir
    Regional Comparison & Discussion of Vintages
    Angela Estate John Tarleton, Eastern Region Manager
    Domaine Ambroise Bertrand Ambroise, Owner
    Foris Vineyards Stephanie Pao, Winemaker
    Gainey Vineyard Jeff Lebard, Winemaker
    Z'IVO Wines John Zelko, Owner
    Paul Cluver Wines Andrea Erwee, Marketing Manager


    $75.00 per person (plus service fees)

    Session Begins at 10:00am
    Michael's Wine Cellar
    A Global Palate
    International Wine Comparison
    Babylonstoren            South Africa Charl Coetzee, Cellarmaster
    Casa Ferreirinha          Portugal Wayne Cheeseman, Regional Sales Manager
    Château d'Issan & Château Pedesclaux        France Emmanuel Cruse, Owner & Managing Director
    Marqués de Cáceres    Spain Luis Burgueño, Export Manager
    Valckenberg                  Germany Tilman Quiens, Winemaker & Owner

    Podere Ciona               Italy

    Lorenzo Gatteschi, Winemaker


    The 2019 University Luncheon
    Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
    Location: Michael's On East Restaurant
    This amazing four course lunch with wine pairings is included with your University Full and Half Day tickets

    First Course: Michael's On East

    Second Course: GROVE Restaurant

    Third Course: Mattison's Forty-One

    Fourth Course: Beach House

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    During this month, updates on Forks & Corks Winemaker Events will be made.

    Enjoy a variety of events at participating Originals restaurants featuring visiting winemakers paired with area's best chefs.

    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 January 24th-26th, 2019 at locations across Sarasota, Manatee and Venice. Please contact with any questions.

    Starting on January 21, 6:30 pm
    At Mattison's Forty - One 7275 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. 34231
    Starting on January 24, 6:00 pm
    At Fins at Sharky's 1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice, FL 34285, USA
    Starting on January 24, 6:30 pm
    At JPAN at UTC 229 N Cattlemen Rd #61, Sarasota, FL 34243
    Starting on January 25, 10:30 am
    At Euphemia Haye 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228, USA
    Starting on January 25, 2:15 pm
    At Euphemia Haye 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228, USA
    Starting on January 25, 6:00 pm
    At Fins at Sharky's 1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice, FL 34285, USA
    Starting on January 25, 6:00 pm
    At 1812 Osprey | A Neighborhood Bistro 1812 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239, USA
    Starting on January 25, 6:00 pm
    At The Waterfront Restaurant 111 South Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria, FL 34216, USA
    Starting on January 25, 6:30 pm
    At Pier 22 Restaurant 1200 1st Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205, USA
    Starting on January 25, 6:30 pm
    At Bijou Cafe 1st St & N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236, USA
    Starting on January 25, 6:30 pm
    At Miguel's Restaurant 6631 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242, USA
    Starting on January 25, 6:30 pm
    At Bevardi's Salute! 23 N Lemon Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236, USA
    Starting on January 25, 7:00 pm
    At Michael's On East Wine Cellar 1283 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239, USA
    Starting on January 25, 8:00 pm
    At Cafe Gabbiano 5104 Ocean Boulevard, Siesta Key, FL 34242, USA
    From January 26, 1:00 pm until January 26, 4:00 pm
    At Fine Wine & Tastings On Main 8111 Lakewood Main St Unit J105, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    Starting on January 26, 2:00 pm
    At The Butcher Block 3242 17th St, Sarasota, FL 34235, USA
    From January 26, 3:00 pm until January 26, 5:00 pm
    At Vino Loco Wine Bar, Tapas and Bottle Shop 420 W Dearborn St, Englewood, FL 34223, USA
    Starting on January 26, 6:00 pm
    At The Crow's Nest Marina Restaurant 1968 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice, FL 34285, USA
    Starting on January 26, 6:30 pm
    At GROVE Restaurant - Patio - Ballroom 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202, USA
    Starting on January 26, 6:30 pm
    At Duval's Fresh.Local.Seafood 1435 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236, USA


  • Monday, January 28th, 2019 | 11:00am - 2:00pm   

    Location: Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens

    Members of the hospitality industry across Florida will be invited to the 12th Annual Forks & Corks Trade Tasting. Owners and managers of the region's top restaurants, retail stores and hotels will have the opportunity to taste with visiting international winemakers and brewmasters. A selection of international foods will complement this special beverage experience.

    Admission is by invitation only and limited only to those who hold liquor licenses. Not open to the general public.

    Please use the following form to register for the Forks and Corks Trade Tasting.  This is a restaurant/hotel/retail event that is not open to the general public. You are eligible to register four people. Please send staff representatives that are able to make purchasing decisions for your establishment. 

    Please note: Valid ID and credentials will be requested upon entrance to the Trade Tasting.

    Trade Tasting Signup 2019

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