A town – and weekend – for food and wine lovers. Sarasota is known for its cultural charm, beautiful beaches and mild weather, but let’s be serious for a moment about a key aspect of any vacation… The cuisine, of course.
You may be surprised to learn that the City of Sarasota has one of the highest concentrations of 21 Zagat-rated restaurants in the state of Florida! With hot new eateries and legendary fine dining favorites downtown to Siesta Key’s alluring seafood restaurants and tropical bars, our area is a most-eat destination.
If fine wines would make your stay even better for you and your travel companions, we invite you to join us the final weekend in January each year for the annual Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival. This popular multi-day epicurean event offers a variety of events, from a Grand Tasting in the spectacular courtyard of The Ringling Museum of Art, multiple wine class programs in the elegant ballroom of Michael’s On East and other exciting venues across the region. Forks & Corks is a world-class weekend of food, wine and beer; a feast for your senses offered through various winemaker events plus interactive food and wine seminars.
Organized and produced by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, a group of more than 50 independent, locally owned and operated restaurants throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties, you can rest assure these restauranteurs know how to throw a party and host exquisite dining events! If you’d like to learn more about how to “Eat Like a Local” in Sarasota and Manatee Counties throughout the year, visit www.dineoriginal.com.
If you are lucky enough to be in town this weekend, you are in luck as 2017 Forks & Corks begin today (Friday, January 27,2017)! While Sunday’s Grand Tasting is sold out, there are a number of winemaker events throughout the community to enjoy this weekend. Click here to learn about wine tastings and winemaker events at local restaurants.