And though the theme may be silly, WineFest’s purpose is most serious: now in its 18th year, WineFest is the landmark theatre’s biggest annual fundraiser. Event chair James Douglass notes that the nonprofit Tampa Theatre, which was saved from demolition in the mid-‘70s, is “a Cinderella story. Outta nowhere.”
“Now, it takes money – like, Al Czervik money – to support the 93-year-old movie palace’s ongoing restoration and community programming,” Douglass says. “We don’t need total consciousness… we need cash. But we’re one of the world’s most beautifully preserved major motion picture palaces, so we’ve got that goin’ for us, which is nice.”
Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite character or come in a Caddyshack-inspired costumes.
Cost: (Feb. 7th) Tickets are $275 for individuals and $500 for a pair for the Wine Pairing
(Feb. 8th) The Premium Tasting starts at 7:00 pm and features exclusive wines for a limited audience. Tickets are $100 ($90 for Tampa Theatre Members) /
Grand Tasting ticket holders gain entry at 8:00 pm, and tickets are $65 ($55 for Members)