Every year someone I know tells me they wish they had seen the information about the Florida Winefest tickets going on sale because they missed one of the events. I have been sharing the dates at least a month ahead of time because some of the events, especially the wine dinners, sell out almost as soon as they are announced. You really have to act right away if you want to attend this event.
The Florida Winefest and Auction
The Florida Winefest and Auction is a special series of events held at different venues. Not only are a couple of the events held on the beautiful waterfront grounds of Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall where you will be able to sip some of the finest wines in the country, meet quite a few of the winemakers who make the magic happen, and eat fantastic bites while meeting new friends, but the event supports children’s charities in Sarasota and Manatee counties. (Bonus: part of your ticket is tax deductible!)
What could be a better way to spend an afternoon or evening? Tickets are on sale right now for the Florida Winefest, so take a look at the events and decide which ones you want to attend.
Thursday, April 5: Business Trade Tasting 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thursday, April 5: Bayfront Consumer Lunch Tasting 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Held at the Bayfront grounds of Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, for $50 per person ($25 tax deductible) you will taste fine wines and experience delicious food provided by some of the best food purveyors in Florida.
Meet winemakers and winery representatives showcasing their most sought-after wines. Read More / Purchase Tickets
Thursday, April 5: 4-Course Winemaker Dinner Party @ Sunset 6:30 pm
This is a VERY popular event and as of this minute there are still tickets! Step back in time and experience “Old Florida” at the beautiful outdoor venue of Sarasota Outboard Club right on the bay. Winefest will feature 6+ wineries and chefs from Dry Dock Waterfront Grill (Gecko’s Hospitality Group), Mattison’s, Siesta Key Oyster Bar and Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi.
Enjoy the signature cocktail and wine reception hour showcasing wines from our participating wineries followed by dinner with wines under the sparkling trees. Music provided by the fun and talented Souls on Soul band. Guests will be greeted with a signature cocktail in a Winefest souvenir Tervis Tumbler. Read More / Purchase Tickets
Friday, April 6: Pique Nique Sur la Baie Winefest Style 11:00 am –11:45 am
Friday, April 6: Banquet on the Block (6:30 pm)
Saturday, April 7: Grand Tasting, Brunch & Charity Auction
Sunday, April 8: Wine on the Water 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
What more do you need to know? Four days of fun events and all support children’s charities. This event was a blast last year! To learn more about the organizations selected for this year’s Winefest, visit the Florida Winefest website. Hope to see you there!