There are more reasons to visit Florida than the beaches and beautiful weather. Granted, those are really good reasons, but in just a few weeks the Florida Winefest & Auction is going to be featuring a line up of events you do not want to miss! From April 10th through the 13th, you'll have the opportunity to attend tastings from more than 40 top wineries, as well as savor the food from the area's best restaurants. What makes this event even better is that eleven charities benefiting children in the Sarasota area will receive donations funded by the success of the Florida Wine Fest & Auction. It's really a win-win for everyone. (And a really good time.)
The Florida Winefest & Auction is the premiere wine event of the season, and tickets are on sale now. Please note: many of these events do sell out.
Schedule of Events
Patron Package Special
One ticket to Thursday’s Florida Winefest Pops, Friday’s Banquet on the Block, Saturday’s Grand Tasting, Brunch & Charity Auction and Sunday’s Wine on the Water. Recognition as Patron on event program or Friday’s Florida Winefest Pops, recognition in Saturday’s Charity Auction Catalog, recognition on Sponsor Page of FWA website, and complimentary valet parking and reserved/priority seating at Florida Winefest Pops and Charity Auction.
Preview Winemaker Dinner – BIJOU CAFÉ
The Bijou Café is one of Sarasota’s most sought after fine dining destinations and has been named one of the top three restaurants on Florida¹s West Coast by Zagat. Winner of Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” and Sarasota Magazine’s “Best of the Best!”, this is new gastronomical experience you won¹t want to miss. Join Chef/Owner Jean-Pierre Knaggs and Executive Chef Bob Camilli as they create an outstanding multi-course dinner perfectly paired with the wines of Collier Falls Vineyard. Founder, Barry Collier and his son, Josh Collier will be in attendance to meet, mingle and educate you about their wines and their winery which will make the evening complete.
Wine on the Water
Join us Sunday afternoon for a casual alfresco wine tasting under the Winefest tent on Sarasota Bay on the grounds of the Van Wezel. Round up your friends as this is your chance to taste a huge selection of wines and make note of the ones you’ll be heading to the wine shop to purchase. Meander amongst some of the local artisans showcasing their creativity. Pick up tasty tips at our cooking demonstrations presented by several local chefs. Six tastes of wine for $25.00. Food from select food vendors will be available for purchase.
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.