The Sarasota-Manatee Originals sold 1,200 tickets in the first eight minutes
of its online sale on November 11.
This four-day culinary celebration, January 24-27, 2014, brings together
celebrated regional chefs, world-renowned vintners and brewmasters, and
(Sarasota, Florida) Tickets for The Grand Tasting, the anchor event of the
Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival, sold out in record time. According to
Kate Atkin, executive director of the presenting organization, The
Sarasota-Manatee Originals, all 1,200 tickets sold out within the first
eight minutes of the online sale on November 11.
“We knew tickets would go fast-but we had no idea they’d go this fast,” says
Atkin. “Last year, we sold out in four hours, which was unprecedented-but
this was just off the wall. This demand is what defines us as southwest
Florida’s premier food and wine festival. We even had calls and emails from
overseas; people were desperate for tickets.”
Atkin says that the online ticketing system “operated flawlessly” during the
eight-minute assault. “We were able to analyze that 54 percent of the people
who came to the site for the sale were new visitors,” she says. “We also
observed that 33 percent of these visitors were between 24 and 35 years of
age, which proves the ageless appeal of this event.”
According to Atkin, there are plenty of other opportunities to enjoy Forks &
Corks. “The winemaker events at area restaurants and wine boutiques are
truly inspired. And our interactive wine seminars, led by celebrated wine
experts from around the world, are extremely popular.” Atkin says that
details on both events are on the festival website.
For more information about the seventh annual Forks & Corks Food & Wine
Festival, visit www.dineoriginal.com/forksandcorks, or call 941-365-2800.
About The Sarasota-Manatee Originals
The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a not-for-profit organization, founded in
2003, of more than 50 locally-owned, independent restaurants in Sarasota and
Manatee counties. Member restaurateurs are dedicated to preserving the
culinary heritage of the Suncoast. Visit www.dineoriginal.com.