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Tickets for Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival sell out in record time
Tickets for Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival sell out in record time

Sarasota, Florida -- Just as fast as we posted the 2013 Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival tickets were on sale...they sold out!

Sarasota-Manatee Originals says they sold 110 VIP tickets in under an hour and 1,250 general admission tickets in three hours and 50 minutes.

"This is absolutely unprecedented," says Kate Atkin, executive director of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals. "We knew tickets would go fast—but we had no idea they'd go this fast. Last year, we sold out in eight days, which was still excellent—but this was just off the wall. This is what sets us apart from all other regional food and wine festivals. We even had calls and emails from overseas; people were desperate for tickets. Our phone was ringing off the hook all day!"

Atkin says tickets for Forks & Corks University's food and wine and seminars are still available. The full-day seminar, "A World of Wine" and "Big, Red and Beautiful" will feature boutique wines from France, New Zealand, Italy, and California at Michael's on East Ballroom. Tickets are $150 (plus service charge) and include a four-course gourmet luncheon with wine pairings.

A half-day seminar, “California Road Show,” featuring white wines from select California winemakers, is 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar. Tickets are $75 (plus service charges) and include a four-course gourmet luncheon with wine pairings.

Tickets can only be purchased online at www.freshoriginals.com/forksandcorks.