SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020

    About the Grand Tasting

    The Grand Tasting is the signature event of the Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival, welcoming 1,800 guests to the exquisite courtyard of the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art courtyard, to sip international wines and sample local culinary creations.

    On Sunday, January 26th, the Ringling Museum's iconic statue of David will gaze 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! Patrons will sip from a collection of more than 350 wines from across the globe – all hand-selected and professionally tasted, judged and recognized as medal winners. 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, South America and many other locales chatting with guests and enjoying the excitement of the afternoon.

    Unique to Forks & Corks is the Retail experience. After sipping and swirling their way through the courtyard, patrons will have the opportunity to purchase their favorite vintages in the onsite retail area. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals are proud to support All Faiths Food Bank through our popular silent auction, composed of specialty wines, rare experiences and more.

    Event Details

    Location & Time

    John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art (click to view map)
    5401 Bay Shore Road
    Sarasota, FL 34243

    Gates will open at :
    11:00AM for VIP Ticket Holders & Sponsors for Champagne Reception
    12:00PM for General Admission Ticket Holders
    Tickets

    Tickets will be on sale on November 5th at 7:00pm. They can be purchased online only at the link below.

    Guests will be able to purchase up to four (4) General Admission tickets ($150.00 each) or up to two (2) VIP tickets ($400.00 each) online.

    VIP tickets include a $150 wine voucher, Signature event bag, valet parking, early front courtyard entrance at 11:00am for a champagne welcome reception, as well as covered seating and a personal invitation to the VIP festival kick-off party.

    General Admission tickets include event entrance at 12:00pm.

    All food, wine and beverage samplings are included in your ticket price.

    Parking & Arrival
    We strongly encourage the use of ride sharing services (Uber or Lyft) as heavy traffic is expected!

    Parking is free and will be available at the front parking lot of the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Overflow parking is located on the south side of the Museum Esplanade.

    Valet Parking is available for VIP Ticket Holder, Sponsors and those with Handicap Parking Permits.
    Directions

    From Sarasota

    Drive North on North Tamiami Trail (US 41) to University Parkway. Turn left onto the esplanade leading to the Museum. Turn right into the parking lot of the FSU Center for Performing Arts.

    From Bradenton

    Drive South on North Tamiami Trail (US 41) to University Parkway. Turn right onto the esplanade leading to the Museum. Turn Right into the parking lot of the FSU Center for Performing Arts.

    From I-75, Exit 213

    Drive West on University Parkway. At University Parkway and North Tamiami Trail (US 41) continue straight through the traffic light onto the esplanade leading to the Museum. Turn Right into the parking lot of the FSU Center for Performing Arts.

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