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.”
For each of the last 13 years, the Sarasota-Manatee Originals have proudly presented the Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival in celebration and support of our area’s independent restaurant community.
This spring, Forks & Corks will offer guests a menu of specially-curated and controlled offerings and events designed to boost community engagement while highlighting the talents of our area’s brilliant and resilient food & beverage scene.
In lieu of the Grand Tasting, the Sarasota-Manatee Originals will host an Online Auction beginning Monday, April 26 through Sunday, May 2. The funds raised from the Forks & Corks Online Auction are dedicated to promoting and sustaining the over 60 local independent area restaurants that are members of our organization.
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.
Schedule of Events:
University Master Classes
The GROVE Restaurant Lakewood Ranch:
May 1 at 11:30AM – The Rise of Rosé presented by Moet Hennessy
May 1 at 3:30PM – Sip, Swirl & Score: Wine Judge for a Day
Michael’s On East Ballroom:
May 2 at 11:30AM – The Rise of Rosé presented by Moet Hennessy
May 2 at 3:30PM – From Vine to Wine: A Matter of Terroir
Michael’s Wine Cellar:
May 2 at 11:30AM – The Crown Jewel of California
May 2 at 3:30PM – Six Degrees of Sangiovese
Food & Wine Experiences:
A week-long offering of limited-time Food & Wine Experiences are offered by members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals including unique food & wine pairings, special menus, bottle discounts, wine dinners, tasting experiences and more – available for dine in or take out. The Forks & Corks Food and Wine Experiences are your ticket to savor local flavor accompanied by wines from around the globe.
Forks & Corks Food and Wine Experiences will take place from Monday, April 26 through Sunday, May 2.