Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival, a four-day culinary festival presented by The Sarasota-Manatee Originals (SMO), unites food, wine and beer enthusiasts with preeminent regional chefs and celebrated vintners from around the world.
The festival, Jan. 24-27, features various winemaker events at area restaurants and retail shops (Jan. 24, 25); interactive wine seminars (Jan. 25); The Grand Tasting in The Ringling Museum’s courtyard (Jan. 26); and a trade event for area restaurants, retailers and hoteliers (Jan. 27). Each participating winery will submit wines of their choice to be judged by a panel of wine professionals in advance of the festival. Winning wines will be awarded gold, silver or bronze in a number of categories. Event goers will have an opportunity to purchase all of the wines — including the award-winners—at The Grand Tasting.
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