Food & Drink

January 2, 2017

10th Annual Sarasota Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival January 27th – 29th, 2017

Forks & Corks Sarasota celebrates its 10 year milestone January 29, 2017. Forks & Corks presented by The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of nearly 60 locally owned and operated restaurants. Forks & Corks food and wine festival draws widespread attention to the prevalence of quality, independently-owned restaurants in the Sarasota-Manatee area of Florida.

10th Annual Sarasota Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival 2017

10th Annual Sarasota Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival 2017

Forks & Corks will take place January 27-29, 2017 and will host an impressive lineup of winemakers along with favorite local chefs and restaurants. Events over the weekend include:

  • Winemaker Dinners: Friday January 27th and Saturday January 28th at various Original member restaurants
  • Forks & Corks University Master Class Sessions: Saturday, January 28th at Michael’s On East Ballroom, Wine Cellar and Restaurant
  • Forks & Corks Grand Tasting: Sunday January 29th at The Ringling

“Eat Like a Local” is the Original’s motto, and they continue each year to be successful in sharing their passionate love of food, culture, history and wine with their patrons, as well as through a series of events throughout the weekend of January 27 that leads up to the Grand Tasting on Sunday, January 29 – a daylong celebration on the grounds of The Ringling. On this day each year, The Originals and their chefs offer their signature dishes and invite ticket holders to sample wines from over 50 international wineries.

Michael Klauber, event founder and co-chair, and owner of Michael’s On East, calls the yearly festival, “an epicurean delight and unsurpassed melting of all things food, wine and culture here in Sarasota.”

The Original’s Executive Director Kate Atkin, adds, “Forks & Corks is a whirlwind weekend of great food, fine wine and fun! In our 10th year we are excited to again showcase the best locally owned restaurant alongside a cast of visiting celebrity winemakers from around the globe.” Click here to purchase tickets to Sarasota Forks & Corks.

Established in 2003, The Originals now boasts nearly 60 member restaurants from Anna Maria Island to Venice. They continue to embrace a philosophy that incorporates using only the freshest food available, including locally caught or farmed seafood, fresh, just-picked fruits and vegetables and ever-inventive use of the best ingredients produced right here in Sarasota by chefs with a commitment to their suppliers, their customers and their craft. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals has become the go-to resource for an “Eat Like a Local” experience. It’s no wonder than within a 20-mile radius of downtown Sarasota, there are more Florida Trend Award and Zagat top-scoring restaurants than any other area in state. Remarkably, each one of these award winners is independently owned

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