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.

    Tickets for the Grand Tasting & University Master Classes will be available on Monday, November 4th at 7:00pm. Tickets are sold online only. Reservations for the Retail Tasting events and Winemaker Events can be made by contacting the host restaurant or store directly. Members of the hospitality industry can apply for passes to attend the Trade Tasting by registering online. Are you traveling to Sarasota for Forks & Corks? Learn more about our local accomodation partners on our Travelers page!

    Tickets will be on sale on November 4th 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.

    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 a front circle Champagne Reception with entrance to the main courtyard at 11:30am.
    12:00PM for General Admission Ticket Holders
    Tickets

    Tickets will be on sale on November 4, 2019 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, entrance to the main courtyard at 11:30am 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.


    When are tickets for the 2020 Forks & Corks Events going on sale?

    Tickets for the Grand Tasting & University Master Classes will be available on Monday, November 4th at 7:00pm. Tickets are sold online only. Reservations for the Retail Tasting events and Winemaker Events can be made by contacting the host restaurant or store directly. For more information on Retail Tastings and Winemaker Events click here.

    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, entrance to the main courtyard at 11:30am 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.

    How will I receive my tickets?

    Your tickets will be e-mailed to you immediately after you complete your purchase. No printed tickets will be distributed, they will only be transmitted via e-mail. Please print your tickets at home or prepare to present them at the admission gate via your mobile device.

    Is there a limit on how many tickets I can buy?

    Yes, each customer may purchase up to 4 General Admission tickets and up to 2 VIP tickets for the Grand Tasting. There is no ticket limit for University Master Class.

    What is the Ticket Sales Policy?

    You should treat your tickets like cash. All tickets to the Forks & Corks Grand Tasting and University Master Classes are non-refundable and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. All events, prices, performances, venues, dates and times are subject to change without notice. All sales are final. Your tickets will not be replaced, refunded or exchanged for any reason whatsoever.

    Is there a different ticket price for those who do not intend to sample wine at The Grand Tasting?

    Unfortunately, we do not offer a reduced ticket price for those who do not intend to sample wine.

    Can I buy a ticket from a third-party seller?

    To have 100% confidence in the validity of your ticket purchase, you should only purchase your tickets through our Vendini ticket system. The validity of tickets purchased through other websites or resellers cannot be verified by The Sarasota-Manatee Originals prior to event day.

    What is the Inclement Weather Policy?

    The Sarasota-Manatee Originals accept no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for event cancellation or interruption because of inclement weather or other acts beyond its control. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals will not refund for cancellation due to inclement weather or other acts beyond its control.

    Are children allowed at Forks & Corks Events?

    Children are not allowed at the Grand Tasting, Trade Tasting & University Master Class events. These events are strictly 21 and up. Please don’t bring infants or small children in child carriers as they will not be permitted entry. For age information for Retail Tasting events and Winemaker Events please contact the host restaurant or store directly to inquire.

    I am traveling from out of town for Forks & Corks, where should I stay?

    Forks & Corks partners with a number of local resorts & hotels to provide you with discounted room rates. Please visit our Travelers page to learn more.

    Where can I learn more about the Trade Tasting?

    For more information about the 2020 Forks & Corks Trade Tasting, please click here.

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