The 2022 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival, hosted annually by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, returns in May with a series of events, ranging from the popular Master Classes to a virtual auction, plus more food and wine experiences for foodies and oenophiles to enjoy. Forks & Corks is the primary fundraiser for the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, supporting local, independently owned restaurants and encouraging locals and visitors to “eat like a local.”
The Grand Tasting event at the festival that usually takes place in the Ringling Museum courtyard will not be held this year due to concerns about vintners traveling from abroad, supply chain issues and key staffing issues because of COVID-19.
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“While we know how the community looks forward to the excitement of the Grand Tasting, the difficulties that restaurants and wineries continue to face made our decision the right one,” said 2022 Auction Chairman Michael Klauber in a statement. He also is a Sarasota-Manatee Originals founding member.
“We promise that this year’s event will have enormous opportunities for guests to participate and for visiting vintners and our own restaurateurs to showcase their talents in the local restaurants that we are so fortunate to have in our community,” Klauber continued. “Whether you are a seasoned wineaux or still figuring out the difference between Moscato and Merlot, there’ll be something perfect for you.”
The festival schedule is May 9-15 with “Food and Wine Experiences” including wine dinners, food and wine pairings, special menus, bottle discounts, cooking classes, tasting experiences and more, offered for dine-in or take-out at participating member restaurants. There’s also an online food and wine auction featuring rare wines, international and domestic trips, and one-of-a-kind dining and party experiences.
All funds raised by the food & wine auction are dedicated to promoting and sustaining the more than 60 local independent Sarasota-Manatee Originals members. The auction opens for previewing May 5, with bidding opening May 9. There will also be a University Master Classes by a panel of world-renowned wine industry professionals.
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This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival returns to Sarasota in May