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    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 31, 2021 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!

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

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

    VIP tickets include a $150 wine voucher, Signature event bag, valet parking, early front courtyard entrance for a champagne welcome reception, as well as covered seating.

    Event Details

    Location & Time

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

    Event times will be announced in March 2020
    Tickets

    Tickets will be on sale on sale in early November at 7:00pm. They can be purchased online only.

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

    VIP tickets include a $150 wine voucher, Signature event bag, valet parking, early front courtyard entrance for a champagne welcome reception, entrance.

    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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