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2021 Forks & Corks Online Food & Wine Auction

Each year the Sarasota-Manatee Originals host the Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida to celebrate and support our local restaurant community. Approaching the 14th year of Forks & Corks festival events, the Sarasota-Manatee Originals have been confronted with the decision to alter or cancel our event plans in light of the pandemic. Forks & Corks is our organization’s largest annual fundraiser, bringing critical marketing dollars to the Sarasota-Manatee Originals to promote dining in local, independently owned restaurants.

The pandemic has had a profound impact on the hospitality industry on a global scale. Our Member Restaurants have emerged as leaders, setting the standard for safety protocols, providing food and other resources to their community in need and pivoting continuously to best meet customer demand. Our regional independent restaurants are a strong community of professionals who work together, not just in times of need, but in the individual challenges that we all face daily.

In lieu of the Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival, the Sarasota-Manatee Originals will host an Online Auction beginning Monday, April 26 through Sunday, May 2. The funds raised from the Forks & Corks Online Auction are dedicated to promoting and sustaining the over 60 local independent area restaurants that are members of our organization. 

We ask that you join hands with us to shine a light on the challenges our industry is facing. We would like to ask for your support by donating a special item or experience for our Forks & Corks Online Auction.

We Need Your Support!

Our local independent restaurants need your support now, more than ever. The hospitality industry’s national chain restaurants have the security blanket of corporate infrastructure to provide additional security for their workers. Our regional dining destinations do not have that luxury.

Your donation provides an exclusive opportunity to participate in a high-profile online auction promoted through The Sarasota-Manatee Originals Website, Online Auction Platform/Mobile Bidding and Printed/Digital Marketing Materials for the event.

Auction contributors will be acknowledged in the following ways:

  • Recognition in pre-event e-mail correspondence to Forks & Corks participants and other wine and food aficionados (25,000+ individuals)
  • Recognition on Auction website at eatlikealocal.com
  • Recognition on the Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival Social Media Platforms
  • Inclusion in Forks & Corks Online Auction Platform hosted by BidPal/OneCause

Donation Suggestions

As you consider what type of item or experience to donate, please evaluate the uniqueness of the contribution. Guests are looking for distinct items or experiences that cannot be purchased typically. Auction packages feature rare and exquisite wines, international and domestic travel, special dining and party experiences, lodging, entertainment, one-of-a-kind experiences and more! We welcome your donation of a single bottle of wine, a rare collection of vintages or labels, winery experiences, travel packages and destinations, lodging and even airfare!

For Wineries

  • Magnum, 3 Liter or other large format bottles
  • Vertical Collection of Wines
  • Library Selection Wines
  • Gift Certificate for a Private Winery Tour & Tasting
  • Gift Certificate for a stay on the Winery property
  • Gift Certificate for Private Wine Dinner
  • Subscription/Membership to Wine Club
  • Items that are signed by the Winemaker/Proprietor are always appreciated!

For Wine Collectors

  • Magnum, 3 Liter or other large format bottles
  • Vertical Collection of Wines
  • Library Selection Wines
  • Subscription/Membership to Wine Club
  • Items that are signed by the Winemaker/Proprietor are always appreciated!

For Restaurants

  • Gift Certificate for a Private Dinner or Dining Experience (in the restaurant or in a home)
  • Wine Donation from Collection
  • Branded Items to include in a Package
  • Unique Cooking Experience (Behind the Scenes)

Please use the link below to provide information to the Sarasota-Manatee Originals regarding your donation.

The deadline to submit your donation is Thursday, April 15.

We ask that all items are shipped or personally delivered to the Sarasota-Manatee Originals office at 1215 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota FL 34239

Certificates can be mailed to the Sarasota-Manatee Originals office at 1215 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota FL 34239 or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Sarasota, FL 34239
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