Don’t miss the auction lot from AC/DC’s bassist — it rocks!
By Gina Birch
Fort Myers Local Expert FEBRUARY 2, 2016
Since the inaugural event in Fort Myers seven years ago, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest has grown to be one of the top rated wine auctions in the country, generating 12.8 million dollars for pediatric healthcare.
One of the most anticipated and exciting events every February for food and wine lovers, the two-day festival opens with exclusive vintner dinners in private homes on the 26th. Individual hosts pick entertaining themes while award-winning chefs team up with a participating winery to provide an exquisite night out.
The big event takes place the next day, February 27, at the beautiful Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. Local chefs and restaurants bring their A-game, creating stunning small bites for the poolside Grand Tasting.
Winemakers and winery owners are also on hand, pouring their popular blends and varietals; a fantastic opportunity to discover new wines and learn more about the ones you love, from the men and women who make it.
The chic setting overlooks a man-made beach, and live music accompanies your progression from table to table full of delectable dishes and refreshing beverages.
Once attendees have been satiated with food, wine and ambiance, the party moves inside for a rousing auction full of exotic trips, rare wine lots and unique culinary experiences.
The live auction lots generate great excitement and lots of money — Photo courtesy of Southwest Florida Food & Wine Fest
The energy at the live auction is immeasurable, with friends combining assets, others running up the tab on the over-the-top items up for grabs. The sport of it keeps people coming back year after year and is why bidders are enthusiastic about raising their paddles, spending tens of thousands of dollars for dream vacations, exclusive dining soirees and rare wines.
Some of the notable items on the 2016 auction lot include an adventurous safari in Kenya and Tanzania, and a river boat cruise down the Danube or the Seine in Europe or one on the Mekong in Vietnam. For the sportsmen, bid on tickets to the Ryder Cup, skiing in Vail or a sport fishing charter in Costa Rica.
Wine related packages include a collection of bottles that have been awarded the coveted 100-point rating from famed wine critic Robert Parker. There are also several unique wine country travel packages on the auction block, making the possibilities nearly endless to score a big prize while helping improve the health of kids.
100% of the proceeds go to Southwest Florida Children’s Charities, an organization that gives generously to the Golisano Children’s Hospital and provides scholarships and pediatric education programs at Fort Myers area colleges and universities.
Tickets for the 2016 Grand Tasting and auction are $750 a person. The price goes up to $1500 to participate in the private vintner’s dinners.
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