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Florida Winefest & Auction
April 22 - April 25, 2010 Sarasota Florida

Florida Winefest & AuctionThe Florida Winefest & Auction is an annual event held in Sarasota. The Winefest is a four-day food and wine extravaganza and auction that benefits many local charities. In addition to hundreds of wineries, many business donate products and services for the auction. This annual event has raised more than $5 million for local charities.

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Charities that have benefited from the Florida Winefest and Auction include:

•Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
•Big Brothers Big Sisters of the •Suncoast, Inc.
•Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County
•Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
•Child Development Center
•Child Protection Center
•Children First
•Children's Haven and Adult Community Services Inc. (CHAC)
•Family Counseling Center
•Family Partnership Center of Manatee County
•Florida Studio Theater
•Florida West Coast Symphony
•Forty Carrots Family Center
•Gulf Coast Marine Institute, Inc.
•Gulf Coast Marine Institute-South
•Hope Family Services
•Humane Society of Sarasota County
•Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation •Sarasota / Manatee Chapter
•Laurel Civic Association
•Manatee Children's Services
•Manatee County Girl's Club, INC., Just for Girls
•Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee, Inc. - Retired Senior Volunteer Program
•Mothers Helping Mothers
•Police Athletic League of Sarasota County, Inc. (PAL)
•Resurrection House
•Safe Place & Rape Crisis Center, SPARCC
•Sarasota Ballet of Florida
•Special Olympics Manatee County, Inc. 2002 Swim Program
•The Women's Legal Fund of Sarasota County, Inc.
•Volunteer Services of Manatee County
•YMCA Children, Youth & Family Services

The festival kicks off on Thursday, April 27, with a Winemaker Dinner at the Ritz Carlton. 
Thursday evening winemaker dinners take place in private homes and restaurants all around Sarasota.
Friday the Suncoast-Lunch Tasting and seminars are held and Friday evening the Gala Wine Dinner Dance will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom. Dinner, accompanied by fantastic wines, is followed by music and dancing.
On Saturday afternoon the main event of the week, the charity wine auction at the Ritz Carlton is held. Wine and food is served. The four-day celebration closes on Sunday afternoon as a wine tasting is held on St. Armands Circle


Thursday, April 22
Trade Event - Private Wine Tasting
Winemaker Dinners - Unique food and wine pairings offered in perfectly planned settings

Friday, April 23
The Showcase Food & Wine Tasting
A sampling of food and wine at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Food and Wine Seminars - featured at various locations in and around Sarasota

Friday Night Dinner and Dance - The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota 6:30 pm - Midnight Price

Saturday, April 29
The Grand Brunch & Charity Auction - The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 11 am - 1 pm - Grand Tasting, 1:30 pm - 5 pm Live Charity Auction

Sunday, April 30
Sip & Sounds, Wine & Wheels - a leisurely afternoon al fresco wine tasting at Phillippi Estate Park. 1 pm - 5 pm  (Tickets are available for purchase at the event)

For ticket information call 1-877-FLA-WINE (352-9463)

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