SAiRA Food & Wine Festival
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at River House Events
The SAiRA Food and Wine Festival is hosted annually by the St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association to raise funds for the St. Augustine Boys & Girls Club. This is the 10th Annual festival, which will take place on Sunday. October 6, 2019, at St. Augustine's elegant River House on the historic bayfront.
The festival showcases culinary specialties from many of the city’s best independent restaurants and wines from around the world. Guests are free to browse and enjoy the appetizers, main courses, salads, and desserts provided by SAiRA member restaurants. Over 100 wines, craft beers, and cocktails are available for sampling.
Tickets are limited and all proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of St. Augustine.
The event, which was launched in 2009 by Joyce Pease, owner of The Joyful Cork, was transferred to SAiRA’s mantle that same year when Pease closed her boutique wine shop. Since its inception, the event has raised over $200,000 for the Boys and Girls Club.
All of the wines and spirits poured at the event are available to be ordered through local wine shops, so guests can continue to enjoy their newfound favorites. The SAiRA Food and Wine Festival also features a silent auction featuring vintage wines, dining gift certificates, chef-prepared private dinners, merchandise from local shops, and more.
This year, a VIP package includes early event admission for the VIP Champagne Reception, a featured dish from all restaurants, and complimentary entry into an exclusive VIP raffle for a private dinner for eight people by a professional chef valued at $800.
On the Monday following the Food and Wine Festival, SAiRA will host its St. Augustine Restaurant Week, a celebration of local dining with prix fixe lunch and dinner menus available at their member restaurants listed below. Visit here for details on this culinary event.
SAiRA Participating Restaurants
Admission: Tickets are $75 per person if purchased in advance and $85 if purchased at the door. A special VIP ticket (see above) is available for $125. A limited number of tickets are available. Visit here to purchase tickets online.
When: Sunday, October 6, 2019, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Where: The River House is located at 179 Marine St. in St. Augustine FL 32084.
About the St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association
Over a dozen established, independently owned restaurateurs recognized the opportunity to collaborate and join together to promote the impact of “dining locally.” St. Augustine’s Independent Restaurant Association, better known as SAiRA, was born in 2007, into a heavily competitive marketplace. The mission of SAiRA is to encourage, support, and enhance the visibility for independently owned businesses and continually advance St. Augustine’s unique culinary and cultural diversity. The desire to keep funds local and working in our community extends to the group’s passion to collectively give back. Visit here for more information about SAiRA.
About the Boys & Girls Club (BCG) of St. Augustine
The Boys & Girls Club (BCG) of St. Augustine offers programs and services to children in the community. The Club is located at 555 West King Street, where it provides after-school programming. Children from disadvantaged circumstances are at a greater risk of poverty, school failure, poor health outcomes, and risky behaviors. Children attending The Club are offered hope, love, and the opportunity for a brighter future through educational, arts, and sports programs.
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