SAiRA to kick off weeklong St. Augustine culinary celebration

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St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association kicks off two culinary events in October. First, SAiRA’s Food and Wine Festival is set for Oct. 6. St. Augustine’s Restaurant Week follows the week of Oct. 7 to 13, giving diners opportunities to enjoy specially-prepared dishes from many of the city’s popular restaurants.

A dozen independently-owned restaurants throughout St. Augustine will present special lunch and dinner menu experiences for Restaurant Week. 2019 marks the fourth year of this annual culinary event when diners can try a variety of cuisines and flavors prepared by local chefs at SAiRA member restaurants.

Lunch menu experiences are $20. Dinner menu experiences are $35. Participants can pick up a Restaurant Week Passport at any SAiRA member establishment listed at StAugustineRestaurants.com/RestaurantWeek. Diners who receive passport stamps from four different restaurants throughout the week will get $25 off at a fifth SAiRA member restaurant.

St. Augustine’s Restaurant Week immediately follows SAiRA’s Food and Wine Festival held on Oct. 6 at the River House on 179 Marine Street. Guests can feast on foods from locally owned restaurants and sample over 100 wines. This year, the event will feature a VIP-only reception providing early access, featured dishes and champagne reception. 2019 marks the 10th year SAiRA has hosted the Food and Wine Festival, which benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida. For ticket information, visit StAugustineRestaurants.com/food-wine-festival. 

“Between the two events, it’s a weeklong culinary celebration of St. Augustine’s best local restaurants. Both events are exciting opportunities for people to sample the creative, delicious and flavorful foods available at SAiRA member restaurants,” Jeremy Ticehurst, president of SAiRA said.

SAiRA membership is made up of independently-owned restaurants located in St. Augustine. The association’s mission includes building relationships through the sharing of information and supporting local independent restaurants.

Member restaurants work side by side to help each other exceed the expectations of their guests and advance St. Augustine's unique culinary and cultural diversity. Together, they leverage resources and hospitality to financially and physically support organizations throughout the St. Augustine community. Additionally, members support the SAiRA Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to helping workers within the hospitality industry in times of extreme need and to promote hospitality-based education.

For more information about SAiRA and its events, send an email to info@StAugustineRestaurants.com or call (904) 540-3129.

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