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Sanibel Uncorked set for this weekend

By Staff | Feb 26, 2019

An upcoming festival to benefit island youth will feature samplings of wine, beer and food.

The Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club will hold its 11th annual Sanibel Uncorked on March 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Lily & Co. Jewelry Gallery on Sanibel. Hosted by Bailey’s and Lily & Co., it will showcase tasting stations of fine wine and craft beer, hors d’oeuvres by local chefs and cooking demonstrations.

There will also be a silent auction with a range of items up for grabs, plus a raffle.

“It’s one of our fundraisers to generate money for the youth of the island,” Stan Howard, president of the Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club, said.

The club awards six four-year college scholarships, valued at $10,000 each. It also supports the children’s basketball program at the Sanibel Recreation Center and a youth archery program. During the summertime, the club takes 20 children – Optimist junior anglers – fishing on Mondays.

“We support CHR (Community Housing and Resources) and F.I.S.H.,” he added of the club’s other island involvements. “Also DDWS (‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge).”

The festival will feature wine distributors and vendors, and attendees will have the opportunity to compare the selections. All arranged by Bailey’s General Store, there will also be craft beer.

“There’ll be many selections of wine – there’ll be red, white and sparkling wines,” Howard said. “They come from all regions of the country, but we’ll also have some imports.”

“And there’ll be a variety of craft beers to sample,” he added.

In addition, a handful of chefs will prepare some of their favorite dishes on site.

“There’ll be cooking demonstrations – it’s going to be local chefs demonstrating the island’s fare,” Howard said, noting that clams on the half-shell was one last year. “Everybody gets to sample those.”

Chef Karl Hamme, of the Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey’s, will provide hors d’oeuvres.

“There’ll be passed hors d’oeuvres,” he said. “There will be a nice variety to sample and taste.”

The silent auction will showcase gourmet wines, jewelry from Lily & Co., artwork, sports outings, therapeutic massages, wine baskets, gift certificates, hotel, golf and theater packages, and more.

“Dinner prepared in your home by Sanibel Catering or Timbers,” Howard said.

“We have a wonderful auction available,” he added.

Tickets are a $30 donation or $25 donation for designated drivers.

They are available at Bailey’s, at 2477 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, or day of at the door.

Attendees will receive a monogramed, keepsake wine glass.

Valet parking for the event is available next to the Island Cinema.

The public is encouraged to come and partake.

“It’s a wonderful relaxing way to spend the day on Sanibel, and at the same time you’re supporting youth,” Howard said.

For more information, call 239-472-0836 or visit www.SanCapOptimist.org.

Lily & Co. Jewelry Gallery is at 520 Tarpon Bay Road.