▪ “Uncorked: the Key Largo and Islamorada Food and Wine Festival” has been extended to 11 days and will feature more than 30 culinary events in the Upper Keys Jan. 7-Jan. 17.
Festival highlights will include happy hour wine tastings, a reprise of the Keys’ version of the television cooking show Chopped, a progressive “Dine Around Islamorada” gourmet dinner and a Southern-style gospel brunch. Also planned are several appearances by chef, restaurateur and author Tony Leck from Guernsey in the British Channel Islands. Leck is to be featured as part of the festival’s new International Celebrity Chef exchange at the Islander Resort, A Guy Harvey Outpost. A junior chocolatiers’ cooking class as well as an adults’ Cabernet-Meets-Chocolate event are to be held at Key Largo Chocolates.
The signature outdoor Grand Tasting event is planned for Jan. 16 at Islamorada’s Pelican Cove Resort & Marina. Details: www.floridakeysuncorked.com.
▪ Japan’s legendary warriors are featured in Samurai: The Way of the Warrior, a traveling exhibit coming to The Ringling Museum in Sarasota Jan. 15 to April 17.
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The exhibition has about 70 objects including full suits of armor, helmets, swords and saddles. The array of military gear and personal items like incense trays and lacquered writing boxes are from a collection of the Stibbert Museum in Florence, Italy. The exhibit is organized by Contemporanea Progetti.
Samurai were part of a powerful military caste that began as provincial warriors before they rose to power in 12th century Japan. It marked the beginning of the country’s first military dictatorship, known as the shogunate. Details: www.ringling.org/events/samurai-way-warrior.
▪ Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will celebrate the Year of the Monkey with its 38th annual Oshogatsu New Year’s festival on Jan. 10.
Oshogatsu, presented by JM Family Enterprises at the Delray Beach museum, will feature Japanese games and customs such as rice-pounding to make mochi cakes, performances by the lion dancer, taiko drumming by Fushu Daiko, musical performances by Friends of Koto, Sado tea ceremony demonstrations, Japanese fortune-telling, hands-on crafts and kids’ activities, games, the DIY Daruma Wall to write your wish, bonsai demonstrations and other activities.
For an extra fee, guests can taste sake and beer in the Oshogatsu Tasting Room.
The event will be at the Morikami from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details: www.morikami.org.
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