Prompted by the increasing certainty of severe weather conditions, tomorrow’s (Jan. 27) 2019 Forks & Corks Grand Tasting Event has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 5. All other Forks & Corks events scheduled throughout the weekend will proceed as scheduled. All Grand Tasting ticket holders will be contacted via email within the next two weeks with details for the May 5 event.
“It is with deep regret that we are rescheduling our Grand Tasting event, but out of concern for guest safety, security and especially the enjoyment of our guests, our board voted unanimously to reschedule to Sunday, May 5,” said Beth Owen-Cipielewski, board president of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals. “We know how hard our restaurants have worked and value the commitment of our winemakers who have traveled to the Suncoast area from around the globe.”
“We’ve been watching the deterioration of our local weather with heavy hearts, hoping for the best, but significant changes over the last 48 hours made this difficult decision necessary,” said Michael Klauber, Forks & Corks Event Co-Chair. “Rescheduling to this date in May gives us the best opportunity to provide our guests with the extraordinary experience they’ve come to expect from a Sarasota-Manatee Originals event.”
Details and times will be announced within the next two weeks. The rescheduled Grand Tasting Event will take place May 5 at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, as originally planned (5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota).
Come savor local flavor during the SunCoast’s premier Food and Wine and Festival. Forks & Corks 2019 will showcase the palate-pleasing products of an international cast of visiting winery owners and winemakers alongside the deliciously diverse cuisine of more than 50 members of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community.
This 12th annual, multi-day epicurean event will be held in the spectacular courtyard of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the elegant ballroom of Michael’s On East and other exciting venues across the region. The Forks & Corks world-class weekend of food, wine and beer offers a feast for your senses through various vintner events; interactive food and wine seminars; and The Grand Tasting, which features a wide variety of wines, beers, and food sampling from top local restaurants, live entertainment and more.