Venice MainStreet Inc. (VMS) is asking the community to put on their walking shoes and get ready to sip and shop during a Wine Walk, August 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Those who purchase a ticket will be able to enjoy wine tasting at each of the participating locations, and VIPs will be able to enjoy specialty wines and hors d’oeuvres at the Made In Italy restaurant.

Attendees will have a variety of wines available as they shop from store to store, including wines from South Africa and California. Participating Businesses will be pouring 1-ounce tastings in 100% recyclable containers.

“We’re expecting around 700 people for this event,” said Nick Sperry, Events and Partnership Coordinator for VMS. “We love this event because our residents love it. It’s a great way to bring the community together.”

General tickets are $10 and VIP tickets are available for only $5 more. Tickets can be purchased early at Venice Wine and Coffee Co., The VMS Office, or online at They can also be purchased on the day of at the Centennial Park Kiosk or Burgundy Square Breezeway. Guests can pick up their wristbands and list of wine-tasting locations at the kiosk or breezeway at 5:00 p.m. on the day of.

The VIP Experience is sponsored by New Dawn Travels, “Curating Unique Life Experiences,” partnering with Oceania Cruises.

“One of my personal goals is to give back to the community and what better way than to support Venice MainStreet,” stated Dawn Perreault, certified Luxury Travel & River Cruise Specialist. “This is also a great opportunity for wine walkers, we’re giving exclusive offers up to $200 off and pre-paid gratuities on select sailings to those who participate in this event.”

Venice MainStreet Inc. is working hard on future events as well, such as the Barstool Open on August 25 and the Beach Party September 22. For more information on any of these events, contact the VMS office at (941) 484-6722.

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