FOODIES AND FUN-SEEKERS MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
The 16th Annual Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival is scheduled for next April, with a multi-day menu of events, ranging from the always popular University Master Classes, and a bountiful selection of Wine Dinners from which to choose. Plans for 2023 include the return of the famous Grand Tasting at The Ringling Museum of Art and Monday's Trade Tasting, exclusively available for local industry professionals.
It was nearly 20 years ago that the Sarasota-Manatee Originals was founded: a collaborative of independently owned and operated restaurants and culinary innovators committed to uniting the energies of local restaurants and celebrating the food and friendship that’s indigenous to our Gulf-coastal lifestyle experience.
Today the “Originals” are over 60 restaurants strong and provide diners with unique local flavor from the north shore of Anna Maria Island down to the southern beaches of Venice and every neighborhood in between. We urge the community to support our local independent restaurants and encourage the general public to always “Eat Like A Local.”
In 2008, Forks & Corks was designed as a fun and engaging showcase of the enormous talents of our area’s locally-owned restaurants, highlighted by an esteemed cast of visiting winery owners and winemakers from literally all over the world. It is considered one of the area’s biggest social celebrations of the year.
We are terrifically excited for the next Forks & Corks Festival planned for April 2023! The celebration will likely include:
MONDAY, APRIL 17 THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 23
Forks & Corks Online Food and Wine Auction
THURSDAY, APRIL 20 | FRIDAY, APRIL 21 | SATURDAY, APRIL 22
Forks & Corks Wine Dinners and Events
SATURDAY, APRIL 22
University Master Classes
SUNDAY, APRIL 23
THE GRAND TASTING
MONDAY, APRIL 24
The Trade Tasting (private for hospitality industry personnel only)
Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival is hosted by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals and is our organization’s primary annual fundraiser, bringing critical marketing dollars to promote dining in local, independently-owned restaurants and encouraging locals and visitors to our area to always “Eat Like A Local.”
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Events are scheduled from April 20-24, 2023.
We are currently assembling a stellar group of international winery owners and winemakers to showcase alongside our own outstanding collection of culinary masters from the more than 40 local restaurants that make up the Sarasota-Manatee Originals.
We can't wait to gather with everyone again in the Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard next April!
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. We ask that you join hands with us to shine a light on the challenges our industry is facing.