The Tampa Theatre’s annual WineFest returns in September with British comedy classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” serving as the theme for several days of wine, food and fundraising at the historic movie theater.
“Monty Python and the Holy Grape” will run Sept. 12 to 18 with wine tastings, food from independent Tampa restaurants, silent auctions, a “tipsy brunch” and a screening of the 1975 farce featuring Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave and Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot on a hilarious grail quest.
Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite Monty Python character or come in a Monty Python-inspired costume
“I wanted to pick a theme that incorporated some of my favorite things,” WineFest event chair John Wolfe said in a statement. “Namely, “Game of Thrones,” shrubbery and swallows.”
Here’s the full schedule:
♦ Sept. 12 - Bern’s Steak House, Catrinas Cocina Y Galeria, and Anise Global Gastrobar serve the food while guests sample dozens of boutique wines and bid on silent auction items as “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” serves as the backdrop on the big screen. The premium tasting is from 7 to 8 p.m., featuring exclusive wines ($85, with grand tasting included). The grand tasting is 8 to 10 p.m. ($50).
♦ Sept. 13 - The theater’s stage is expanded to seat 200 people for an exclusive wine paring with a five-course dinner by Mise En Place chef Marty Blitz, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Tickets are $250.
♦ Sept. 14 - The wine brunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with food stations pairing breakfast items with mimosas, bellinis and a selection of light wines. Tickets are $40.
♦ Sept. 18 - A rare wine tasting at the Tampa Club features wine selections ranked 95 points or higher by leading industry publications, and many that are no longer available for sale, 2001 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay and the 1949 Antonio Ferrari Il Barone and others donated from one of Tampa’s finest private collections. Seating is very limited. Tickets are $200.
Tickets will be available starting June 2 at the Tampa Theatre box office at 711 N. Franklin Street, or at www.TampaTheatreWineFest.org.
On June 12, the theater will host its “Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas” event, featuring craft beers, local brewers and food.