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28th Annual Florida Winefest & Auction

April 5 - April 6

Thursday, April 5, 2018
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bayfront grounds of Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
$50 per person ($25 tax deductible)
Enter a wine-and-food paradise under the elegant Winefest tent adjacent to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Excite your palate tasting fine wines from our participating wineries and experience taste sensations provided by some of the best food purveyors in Florida. Meet and mingle with winemakers and winery representatives showcasing their most sought-after wines.

Thursday, April 5: Winemaker Dinner Party @ Sunset
Thursday, April 5, 2018
6:30 pm
Sarasota Outboard Club
1604 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota
Step back in time and experience “Old Florida” at this quaint and beautiful outdoor venue on the bay. Winefest will feature 8+ wineries and chefs from Dry Dock Waterfront Grill (Gecko’s Hospitality Group), Mattison’s, Siesta Key Oyster Bar and Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi. Enjoy a signature cocktail and wine reception hour showcasing wines from our participating wineries. Visit the different food stations exhibiting superb cuisine, then take your seat under the trees with sparkling lights. Music provided by the fun and talented Souls on Soul Band so remember your comfortable dancing shoes! Get ready to boogie to their beat! Guests will be greeted with a signature cocktail in a Winefest souvenir Tervis Tumbler. $125 pp ($62.50 tax deductible)

Friday, April 6: Pique Nique Sur la Baie Winefest Style
April 6 Pique Nique Sur la Baie, Winefest Style
Friday, April 6, 2018
11:00 am –11:45 am Sparkling Wine Reception
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Seated Luncheon Bayfront on the south side lawn of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Gather around for a fabulous Friday seated luncheon featuring the best flavors found in Sarasota. Winefest, in partnership with New College Foundation, presents Pique Nique Sur la Baie! Join us under the elegant Winefest tent, bayfront on the south side lawn of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Mingle with old friends and make new ones. Sip and savor an abundance of wine generously poured by some of our finest participating wineries. Ladies, dress it up and wear your hats! Gentlemen…you’re invited too!
$175 pp ($87.50 tax deductible)

Friday, April 6: Banquet on the Block (6:30 pm)
Friday, April 6, 2018
Join us for one of Florida Winefest’s most celebrated culinary events. The elegant dining table stretches down Lemon Avenue perfectly dressed and seats 200 people. A true food and wine experience you don’t want to miss! Sip and savor a stellar selection of wines from our participating wineries and mingle with friends before taking your place at the longest table in Sarasota. Your taste buds will dance as you relish savory dishes presented by one of our participating chefs.
Menu will be posted when available.
$200 pp ($100 tax deductible)

Saturday, April 7: Grand Tasting, Brunch & Charity Auction
Saturday, April 7
This event takes place bayfront on the grounds of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
The Grand Tasting will feature wines from more than 50 wineries. Rub elbows with host vintners and knowledgeable winery representatives as they pour their best vintages and most sought-after wines. Sip a tasty bloody mary from the Bloody Mary Bar sponsored by Republic National Distributing Company. Savor a selection of appetizer portions of signature dishes from favorite local restaurants during brunch from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Following brunch, the afternoon continues with the charity auction. Bid on wines, lavish dinners, adventure travel, jewelry and more.
Brunch: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Auction: 1:30 pm
$125 pp ($62.50 tax deductible)

Sunday, April 8: Wine on the Water
Sunday, April 8, 2018 –
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bayfront grounds of Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
$25 per person for 6 tastes of wine
Sunday afternoon is the perfect time for a casual, alfresco wine tasting on the waterfront under the Winefest tent. Don’t miss this last opportunity to taste a huge selection of wines poured by our valued volunteers. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon while listening to the tunes of the magical, bluesy, jazzy Kat Crosby Band. Delicious food is available for purchase from BulGoGi Sarasota, and Mother Truckin Good Food Trucks. Please note: No one under the age of 21, baby strollers or four-legged family members are permitted under the tasting tent.
You are invited to enjoy the venue and music outside of the Tasting Tent at no charge, however, to gain access to the Tasting Tent, a ticket must be purchased. Beverages and food will be available for purchase. No coolers please.

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