“Of all the zin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine…” at Caskablanca, presented by DEX Imaging, Tampa Theatre’s 15th annual WineFest. This year’s event features bites from local independent restaurants, sips from the finest wineries, an exclusive evening of wine and food pairings, and a very special screening of this year’s theme film, Casablanca.

Now in its 15th year, WineFest is Tampa Theatre’s biggest annual fundraising event, benefitting the historic movie palace’s artistic, educational and community programs as well as the 90-year-old movie palace’s ongoing preservation and restoration.

On Friday, Sept. 16, a two-tiered Wine Tasting invites you to taste dozens of boutique wines, sample favorite fare from Tampa’s top independent restaurants, and bid on premium silent auction items representing Bay area retailers, restaurants, services and attractions.

On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Theatre’s historic stage will be expanded to seat more than 250 and transformed into Rick’s Café for the elegant Wine Pairing at 6:30 p.m. The multi-course menu, created and catered by Mise en Place chef Marty Blitz, will feature delectable small plates expertly paired with wines specific to each dish.

Finally, WineFest wraps up on Sunday, Sept. 18, with the finale of Tampa Theatre’s 25th annual Summer Classics movie series, a screening of Casablanca at 3 p.m. Immediately following the film, Tampa Bay Times film critic Steve Persall and former Tampa Tribune film critic Bob Ross will take the stage together to discuss the film’s lasting cultural significance in a 45-minute Film Talk and audience Q&A.

Event vice-chair Michael Stanton expects that the weekend could be “the beginning of a beautiful friendship” for anyone who may not yet be familiar with Tampa Theatre’s 90-year history as the community’s beloved movie palace. “But,” says returning event chair John Wolfe, “if you don’t buy a ticket and support this amazing non-profit cultural institution, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.” A member of the WineFest committee for the past 7 years, John has been the chair of the past two years’ record-breaking success, “Monty Python and the Holy Grape” and “Napoleon Wineamite.”

Tickets are available at the Tampa Theatre Box Office, 711 N. Franklin Street, or online. Members save $10 off Premium and Grand tickets for the Friday night Tasting and $2 off the Sunday screening of Casablanca.

Patrons are encouraged to dress as their favorite character or come in a Casablanca-inspired costume.


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Special WineFest rates are available at select area hotels:

Enjoy a stress-free evening with Skyline Limousine! Reserve your transportation for WineFest weekend and save 20% at www.skyline-limo.com or (813) 777-2685.

 Eat, Drink and Don’t Drive

Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend WineFest events. Valid Government-issued ID is required for entry.

Remember to enjoy the event in moderation. Guests agree that the purchase of a ticket or their attendance at this event constitutes acknowledgement that Tampa Theatre shall not be liable for any injuries or damages to any guest or property of any guest while attending or traveling to and from the event.