Clearwater Beach Uncorked, one of my favorite food and wine events, was another great success in 2018! My husband and I enjoyed a day full of sampling while in the picture-perfect setting of Clearwater Beach, and I already know we won't want to miss this event in 2019. We arranged for my dad to hang out with my little guys for the day so that we could enjoy a day date. I loved that everything is included in admission so we could enjoy ourselves without making decisions about which samples to purchase!! Thinking of checking it out next year? Here are some details of why I always look forward to Clearwater Beach Uncorked:
The VIP tickets are absolutely worth the extra money if you want to make the most of the day. We gained entry to the main tent an hour before the general admission guests, and it allowed us the chance to sample what we knew would be the most popular items before the lines were long. Our favorite stop during this time, and I hope they offer it again next year, was the beer and cheese pairing with Castello Cheese. They allowed 12 guests into their booth area and shared details about three different beers paired with three cheeses. It was a great way to slow down the hustle of going from booth to booth, and we loved learning more about the items we tasted.
VIP tickets also allow you access to the Spirits Lounge at the host hotel, the Wyndham Grand. After a short walk from the main tent near Pier 60, the Spirits Lounge is pool side with a variety of alcoholic beverages in a smaller setting. Heading over there during peak crowds in the main tent allowed us a brief break from the lines and further variety of samples.
Beer and Wine Sampling
One of my favorite things to do when we lived in Virginia was to visit wineries and sample their different wines. I love trying new brands, but it's not easy to choose when just visiting our local Publix. Uncorked provides the opportunity to sample beers and wines from all over, and all of the brand representatives were helpful in sharing where to find their brands locally. I probably never would have taken the plunge to try Fitvine's selection out of fear that their low-calorie wines might not taste good, but I was really impressed with their wine! I plan to grab a bottle the next time I'm at Whole Foods.
This year's Clearwater Beach Uncorked was a cheese-lover's dream! We sampled cheese from so many brands, and they were the perfect items to grab and snack on while wandering the tent. For more hearty options, we found Shephard's lobster empanadas were a good choice, along with many other seafood offerings. My easy favorite was Jeni's ice creams, and somehow I ended up with three different scoops!! Delicious!!
For more details and information, visit Clearwater Beach Uncorked's website: http://clearwaterbeachuncorked.com.
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!