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A Very Retro Christmas
December 2

Get your vegan, gluten-free holiday treats at Retrobaked's "Very Retro Christmas" during this week's Village of the Arts Christmas Art Walk. Baked goods include frosted sugar cookies, cupcakes, cookie sandwiches, brownies and more; Ray's Vegan Soul will also be serving up a menu that includes vegan mac 'n' cheese, jackfruit "crab" cakes, mushroom quiche and more. Details here

Morton’s Wine Tasting
December 2

Morton’s Gourmet Market is hosting a wine tasting event this Friday from 5-7pm. In addition to tasting their wines, there will be food samples from Morton’s as well as some local vendors. There is a $10 tasting fee. 1924 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota. 

Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival
December 3-4

Hosted by the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association, The Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival will be held on Siesta Key Beach where everyone can enjoy a variety of fresh seafood. Everything is cooked on-site, including a selection of dishes such as jambalaya and New England clam chowder. Meat and vegetarian options are available. While eating, some of Florida’s top music groups will be perform live. 10am-6pm. More information here. Siesta Key Beach

December Holiday Open House
December 10

Michael’s on East's monthly wine open house features over 50 reds, whites, roses, and sparkling wines for you to taste while also talking with wine specialists. Admission is $10; all guests are asked to bring one unwrapped today as a donation for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. For more information, click here. 2-4pm. 1283 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Champagne Tasting
December 14

Join Michael’s on East for its popular Holiday Champagne Tasting from 6-8 p.m. Guests can taste more than 20 international champagnes and sparkling wines. Admission is $75 per person, which includes a $25 voucher for purchases made at the event of $50 or more. Click here for more info. 1283 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Holiday Lights Tour
December 22

This holiday beer tour starts at Mandeville Garden, and guests will be able to taste five different craft beers from five locations including Calusa Brewing, Big Top Brewing and more. After completing the beer portion of the tour, there will be a second part that features the best local holiday light displays. Tickets are $65; click here for info. 428 N Lemon Avenue, Sarasota.  

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