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Sips & Nibbles in Sunny Sarasota


An enticing way to conclude the first month of the new year–Sarasota-Manatee Originals‘ annual Forks & Corks festival held on the magnificent grounds of the Ringling Museum, January 27-29. We may post often about food and wine events … What can we say? We like great food and wine, and even more so, sharing these experiences with you. What’s special about this year’s event is that it’s celebrating its 10th anniversary with premiere wineries and restaurants participating with events throughout the weekend and city.


The weekend culminates at the Grand Tasting at the Ringling Museum, reason alone to attend this spectacular event, to see this gorgeous locale.


Forks & Corks is the annual celebration  in association with the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, “a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community.” All you need to know is if Michael Klauber is involved, it’s certain to be spectacular. A true connoisseur of food and wine, Klauber–Co-Proprietor with Phil Mancini of Michael’s On East, Michael’s Wine Cellar, and their newest addition, Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens–is the founding board president of the Originals.


We are especially enthused about the Forks & Corks University on Saturday offering full and half-day sessions–some including a four-course wine-paired lunch.  And, the various winemaker dinners throughout town make our taste buds tingle. This is just a tiny taste of the offerings of this grand food and wine event–an amuse bouche so to speak–to get your mouth watering for more. For additional information visit, https://www.dineoriginal.com/forksandcorks

Nicole Carbon

Nicole Carbon

Nicole Carbon is the Editor-In-Chief of VODA Magazine. She is based in beautiful Sarasota, FL. For over a decade, she has been writing for both print and online media outlets about food, wine, travel, and other lifestyle-related finds. She received her Level 2 Award in Wines certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and writes a monthly wine column in the Venice Gondolier Sun. She contributes to Edible Sarasota, writes a health and wellness blog, and various feature articles and content for other media outlets. Previously, she wrote two magazine columns titled “A Girl Walks Into a Bar,” and “Inside the Kitchen.” Her work has appeared in the Austin American Statesman, Austin MD, Austin Monthly, Austin Woman, Austin Man, Citysearch Austin and Los Angeles, CultureMap.com, JetBlue’s blog, SRQ Magazine, and the list goes on. She has also made TV appearances on local NBC and Fox news affiliates as well as Cooking Channel’s Eat Street.

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