Forks & Corks Festival 2017
Savor local flavor during the SunCoast’s premier Food and Wine and Festival. Forks & Corks 2017 will showcase the palate-pleasing products of an international cast of visiting winery owners and winemakers alongside the deliciously diverse cuisine of more than 50 members of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community.
This TENTH annual, multi-day epicurean event will be held in the spectacular courtyard of The Ringling Museum of Art, the elegant ballroom of Michael’s On East and other exciting venues across the region. The Forks & Corks world-class weekend of food, wine and beer offers a feast for your senses through various vintner events; interactive food and wine seminars; and The Grand Tasting, which features a wide variety of wines, beers, and food sampling from top local restaurants, live entertainment and more.
Sunday, January 29, 2017Location: The Ringling Museum of Art - MAPNoon - 4 pm
Tickets to the Grand Tasting are SOLD OUT
General Admission : $135.00 + service fees
Guests will be able to purchase up to four (4) General Admission Tickets
VIP Admission : $350.00 + service fees
Guests will be able to purchase up to two (2) VIP Tickets
VIP Admission Includes: Designated Valet Parking, Early entrance and Champagne Reception at The Grand Tasting, $150 Wine Voucher to be used at the Retail Tent at the Grand Tasting, Covered Seating at the event, Private VIP Tour of the Museum, Invites to the Event Kickoff party held on 1-26-17 (location TBD).
The Grand Tasting is the ultimate destination for the foodie and wine or beer lover! Enjoy fabulous food from over 50 of the area's top restaurants, taste wine from over 80 international wineries and enjoy exciting micro-brews and craft beers. The backdrop for this spectacle is the stunning courtyard of the world-renowned John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.Last year, the Ringling Museum's iconic statue of David gazed upon the crowd as they enjoyed perfect weather and a variety of sweet and savory fare. Originals restaurateurs and chefs outdid themselves with fabulous dishes to guests' delights!
The acclaimed vintages of over 70 wineries from around the world were poured, with winemakers from California, Oregon, Italy, South Africa, France, Spain, New Zealand, South America and many other locales chatting with guests and enjoying the excitement of the afternoon.
The Grand Tasting of 2017 promises to be even more tantalizing with new Originals member restaurants serving their specialties alongside well-known local favorites. We will feature our popular silent auction with special wines donated by our participating wineries. A popular feature again this year, guests will have the opportunity to purchase your favorite wines from the afternoon of sampling. Our convenient retail tent will allow guests the chance to purchase and take home the wines they loved that day. Many of the unique wines available to taste at the Grand Tasting are not readily available for purchase locally, so we always suggest that people buy that day.
Saturday, January 28, 2017Location: Michael's On East Ballrooom and Wine Cellar - MAP
Forks & Corks University provides a unique opportunity to taste and learn about rare and inspired wines during seminars led by a panel of celebrated winemakers. These educational seminars, led by recognized wine experts from around the world, will take your wine knowledge to a higher level.
Each session includes a gourmet four course luncheon with wine pairings.
FULL DAY SEMINAR
$125 + Service FeesMichael’s On East Ballroom9:30 am – 2:30 pmMorning Session:
California, Oregon, and Washington - "West Coast Wine Trip"Owners and Winemakers from:
Break for lunch in the restaurant at 11:30 am
- Alexander Valley Vineyards, Alexander Valley, CA, Harry Wetzel
- Firesteed Cellars, Willamette Valley, OR Howard Rossbach
- L'Ecole º41, Walla Walla Valley, WA, Marty Clubb
- Michael David Winery, Lodi, CA, Michael Phillips
- Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, CA, Joe Shirley
- Saintsbury, Carneros, CA, Tim Colla
- Schweiger Vineyards, Spring Mountain, CA, Andy Schweiger
A Bordeaux Perspective - "Vintage Comparison"Owners and winemakers from:
- Château Lagrange, St Julien, France, Matthieu Bordes
- Château d’Issan, Margaux, France, Emmanuel Cruse
- Château Pedesclaux, Pauillac, France, Emmanuel Cruse
- Château Fleur Cardinale, St Emilion, France, Caroline Decoster
- Château La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande de Pomerol, France, Coralie de Bouard
- Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac Leognan, France, Hugo Bernard
- Château La Croix St Georges, Pomerol, France, Jean Philippe Janoueix
HALF DAY SEMINAR
$65 + Service FeesMichael’s Wine Cellar9:30 – 11:30 amSession:
International Comparison - "A Question of Terroir"Owners and Winemakers from:
Following Session, Lunch in the restaurant at 11:30 am
- Babylonstoren, Simonsberg-Paarl, South Africa, Charl Choetzee
- Barone Pizzini, Lombary, Italy, Silvano Brescianini
- Castellucio & Podere Poggio Scalette, Chianti, Italy, Alessandro Fiore
- Coppo Winery, Piedmont, Italy, Luigi Coppo
- El Enemigo/Catena, Mendoza, Argentina, Costanza Hartung
- Klein Costantia, Constantia, South Africa, Jacqueline Harris
- Maison Ambroise, Nuits Saint Georges, Burgundy, France, Bertrand Amboise
Enjoy a variety of events at participating Originals restaurants featuring visiting winemakers paired with area's best chefs.
Events range from ultimate upscale dinners to casual tastings and samplings. These events are a great way to rub elbows with wine celebrities and to enjoy a special evening of great food and wine!
Monday, January 30th, 2017 | 11:00am - 2:00pm
NEW 2017 Location: Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens - 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
At this time the online registration for the 2017 Forks & Corks Trade Tasting has closed. You can register in person at the event on Monday January 30th starting at 11:00am. The event is being held at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens located at 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL. 34236.
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