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SAVE THE DATE!
FORKS & CORKS 2023: APRIL 20-24 !!

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.

About Forks & Corks

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.”

Tickets

2023 Forks & Corks Tickets Go On Sale January 19, 2023
Grand Tasting, Forks & Corks University Tickets Expected to Sell Out Fast

On Thursday, January 19 at 7:00PM, tickets will go on sale for the popular Grand Tasting event of the highly anticipated 2023 Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival (April 20-24, 2023), presented by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals. Tickets will also be available for the festival’s Forks & Corks University Master Classes, a series of fun and educational seminars led by wine experts from around the world.

All ticket sales will take place online. Now in its 16th season, the multi-day Forks & Corks epicurean event is well established as the area’s premier food and wine festival and tickets will sell out fast.

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The Sarasota-Manatee Originals rely on the support of our dedicated volunteers to host the fabulous Forks & Corks events each year. Volunteer positions range from set up to guest service and everything in between! If you are interested in getting involved, please register below.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will Forks & Corks 2023 take place?

Events are scheduled from April 20-24, 2023.

Is the Grand Tasting event at The Ringling taking place in 2023?

Yes!
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!

Is Forks & Corks a fundraiser?

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. 

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