The fabulous four-day weekend of festivities began with Pique Nique Sur La Baie on Thursday April 4, 2019 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall overlooking Sarasota Bay. Some 200 attendees dressed to the nines with amazing hats and outfits. The plated luncheon featured food, wine, and a hat contest, as well as competition for the best looking group.
Tracey Thomas and Fred Bollaci with David Harmon, of Carneros della Notte and Own a Napa Vineyard, a popular gift idea, where you can purchase a vine and enjoy your “own” wine as well as the annual harvest party at the vineyard! David’s “LPR” (Late Pinot Noir Reserve, AKA “Liquid Panty Remover” began accidentally as many great discoveries do), and is now one of the most popular wines to return to Winefest!
Tracey Thomas and Matthew Sturtevant of Venu Magazine with Sam Williamson of Williamson Family Wines from Sonoma County.
The Van Wezel provided a perfect backdrop for the weekend’s festivities. Mother Nature provided spectacular weather, with highs in the 80’s and plenty of Florida sunshine! Other events were held at local restaurants, private homes, and in downtown Sarasota for Friday evening’s Banquet on the Block.
Pique Nique was a wonderful chance for friends–old and new to let loose on a weekday afternoon and have fun! Proceeds from Florida Winefest benefit local children’s charities in Sarasota and Manatee County, and to date have raised more than $8.5 million.