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Let the Good Times Flow: The 23rd Annual Florida Winefest & Auction

Florida Winefest & Auction 2013Just like fine wine, the Florida Winefest & Auction gets better every year. Since its beginning, the Winefest has raised over $7.7 million for children in need in our community, supporting worthy causes with a series of exciting events.

The 23rd annual Florida Winefest & Auction continues this weekend and will feature winemakers from all over the globe, culinary geniuses, and for the first time,  hot air balloons. While the events kicked off on Thursday evening with a series of ‘Winemaker Dinners’, happily, it’s not too late to partake in the festivities.

Tonight, April 5, begins the weekend in spectacular style with The Balloon Glow Dinner. Guests will enjoy an elegant wine tasting as the sun sets, before sitting down to a fabulous dinner catered by Mattison’s 41. Later, illuminated balloons will provide a magical show as live music sets the scene for a wonderful evening of fun.

Saturday begins with the Grand Tasting, Brunch & Charity Auction, taking place beneath one of the wine tents and showcasing wines from over 40 wineries. Many of the wines featured will be from exclusive vintage collections, some not even available to purchase in Florida.

The Balloon Festival Grounds at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch will be open for general admission on Saturday and Sunday, promising a fun-filled weekend for all. While visitors sample delicious food and sip fine wines, there will be live music from a host of great local bands, and hot air balloons ready to float you up and away over Lakewood Ranch. Tickets can be purchased at the grounds, with events kicking off at 10 am.

To mark the end of the festivities, the Sip & Soar event on Sunday afternoon will feature one last wine-tasting beneath the elegant wine tent, before waving goodbye to the hot air balloons as they sail off into the Florida sunset until next year. Tickets can be purchased at the grounds.

For more information, visit floridawinefest.org

  • User Gravatar Katie
    April 5th, 2013

    Wow, thanks for sharing! Sounds like a great event!

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