WineFest 2019: Vino Royale


The event is Fest… WineFest… when Tampa Theatre presents Vino Royale, a Bond-themed fundraising weekend on Feb. 22-23:

  • A two-tiered Wine Tasting on Friday with dozens of boutique wines, small plates from Tampa’s top independent restaurants, and premium silent auction items representing Bay area retailers, restaurants, services and attractions. Premium admission starts at 7:00pm and tickets are $90; Grand admission starts at 8:00pm, and tickets are $55. Tampa Theatre Members save $10 off either level.
  • On Saturday, the Theatre’s historic stage will be expanded to seat more than 275 for the elegant Wine Pairing at 007 pm. The multi-course menu by Mise En Place chef Marty Blitz is expertly paired with exquisite wines, and the evening also includes a spectacular live auction of getaway trips and unique experiences. Tickets are $275 per person or $500 per couple.

And though the theme may be silly, WineFest’s purpose is most serious: now in its 17th  year, this weekend serves as the landmark theatre’s biggest annual fundraiser. Event chair Fred Zielinski notes that while James Bond may not have been much of a wine drinker, Tampa Theatre itself has a way of both shaking and stirring the hearts and minds of the community with its artistic and educational programming, as well as the 92-year-old movie palace’s ongoing preservation and restoration.

Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite character or come in a Bondinspired costumes.

Tickets go on sale for the general public on Monday, Sept. 10. Tampa Theatre Members have access to early tickets NOW – just log into your Member account and click the event time at right. WineFest is restricted to guests ages 21 and older with valid ID.