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FORKS & CORKS 2025: JANUARY 23-27

Presented by Audi Sarasota and Suncoast Porsche

Let's raise a glass to the 2024 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival!

🍷 Our taste buds are still dancing from the delicious dishes, the wines are swirling in our memory, and the laughter lingers from all the amazing connections made.

😍 On behalf of Sarasota-Manatee Originals, a huge thank you to everyone who joined us - attendees, volunteers, sponsors, chefs, vintners, and everyone in between!

You made this festival truly unforgettable!

FOODIES AND FUN-SEEKERS MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
The 18th Annual Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival is scheduled for JANUARY 2025!

About Forks & Corks

It was over 20 years ago that the Sarasota-Manatee Originals was founded: a collaborative of independently owned and operated restaurants and culinary innovators committed to celebrating the food and friendship that’s indigenous to our Gulfcoast lifestyle. 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 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.

Soon to be in its 18th 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. 

We hope to see you here!

Schedule

The Celebration will include:

MONDAY, JAN 20 - SUNDAY JAN 26
Forks & Corks Online Food and Wine Auction
A high-end collection of lots featuring rare and exquisite wines, travel, and one-of-a-kind dining experiences made possible by generous donations from friends of Sarasota-Manatee Originals.

THURSDAY, JAN 23 - SATURDAY, JAN 25 
Forks & Corks Wine Dinners
Wine and food pairing dinners thoughtfully presented by our Member Restaurants in creative collaboration with our visiting Winemakers

SATURDAY, JAN 25 
Forks & Corks Retail Tastings
Sip and shop while mingling with visiting Winemakers and Winery Principals at some of our area’s favorite wine stores.

SATURDAY, JAN 25
University Master Classes
A highlight of the Festival each year! Led by a panel of worldrenowned industry experts, these engaging wine seminars are designed for those who want an educational experience accompanied by guided tastings. The classes present a rare opportunity to learn about wine from those instrumental in crafting them

SUNDAY, JAN 26
The Grand Tasting
Oenophiles and foodies converge in one of the most spectacular outdoor venues in Sarasota: the courtyard of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. With showcased food specialties from more than 40 local restaurants and a collection of more than 300 unique wines from across the globe, live entertainment, photobooths, a beer garden and wine shop to purchase your favorite vintage. Food, wine and fun are the focused activities for the day

MONDAY, JAN 27
The Trade Tasting (Invitation Only)
An exclusive opportunity for Hospitality Industry Professionals to sample the selection of wines from the 60+ distinguished visiting wineries

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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Volunteer

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When will Forks & Corks 2025 take place?

Events will be scheduled for January 23-27, 2025

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.