Wine and food lovers can stimulate their taste buds at the celebration that boasts scores of tantalizing food, wine and spirits events at multiple venues.
Highlights include complimentary wine, beer and spirits tastings; prix fixe wine dinners at area restaurants; a hilarious grape stomping contest; Key Largo Fisheries’ “Lobsterfest”; a “Progressive” five-course gourmet dinner featuring four fabulous Keys restaurants; and many other temptations. Daily and evening events can be found at floridakeysuncorked.com.
Quick to sell out each year, the “Chocolate Meets Cabernet” and “Junior Chocolatiers” cooking class events at the Key Largo Chocolates emporium pair chocoholics with the Keys’ only chocolatier.
The festival’s largest signature event, the “Grand Tasting” set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, is to span the outdoor oasis beside the Atlantic Ocean at Islamorada’s Postcard Inn Beach Resort, mile marker 84. Attendees can sample memorable dishes from area restaurants complemented by an impressive selection of wines. Live music, cooking and mixology demonstrations and cocktail tastings underscore the afternoon.
The Grand Tasting’s advance general admission tickets are $75 per person plus tax or $85 at the gate. Advance VIP tickets are available for $100 per person plus tax or $110 at the gate, allowing early entry at 11 a.m. to enjoy a VIP hour until noon. The VIP package includes a souvenir festival T-shirt, tasting glass, gift bag and other goodies.
A variety of Sunday brunches also are part of Uncorked’s annual culinary festivities.
Original artwork by a local artist is to be created exclusively for the Uncorked festival posters as well as a silent auction for attendees to bid on throughout the festival and Grand Tasting. Proceeds from the auction are to benefit academic programs at Florida Keys Community College.
Event information: floridakeysuncorked.com
Key Largo visitor information: fla-keys.com/keylargo or 1-800-822-1088
Islamorada visitor information: fla-keys.com/islamorada or 1-800-FAB-KEYS
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