Sanibel Sea School’s Octifest to Feature Cork Pull

Crowd at Octifest on the Beach in 2019. SC photo by Chuck Larsen

Guests at Octifest on the Beach 2020 will have the option to participate in a wine cork pull during the bayside cocktail hour as part of the fundraising efforts.

“We wanted to do something new this year in place of a silent auction,” said Bruce Neill, founder of the Sanibel Sea School. “And, to create more engaging activities during the cocktail hour that give guests an exciting way to support our programs.”

Coming up on Saturday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m., Octifest will offer guests the opportunity to purchase a numbered wine cork for $50. Each cork will correspond to a bottle of wine that they will collect at the end of the evening.

Bailey’s General Store has curated 50 unique bottles of wine for the event ranging in quality from great to an exclusive vintage. At the end of the evening, guests will redeem their cork for the bottle of wine they won – they may receive a fine bottle of wine, a really great bottle of wine, or one lucky guest may have the cork for a magnum bottle of Dom Perignon 2008.

“It’s a vintage that was rated a 98 by James Suckling, a respected wine industry critic. It will be great for aging in cellar or enjoying at the winner’s next celebratory event,” said Calli Johnson from Bailey’s who hand-selected the magnum.

The much-anticipated fundraising event supports Sanibel Sea School’s scholarship program to provide ocean education for all, and helps the organization purchase much needed equipment and supplies.

“Octifest provides the single largest influx of funds to support our mission and programs each year,” said Neill. “We are so grateful for our community, and we hope you will join us for this night out for a very good cause.”

Octifest tickets are $150 per person and include a beautiful evening under a big top tent on Sanibel Causeway Island A complete with drinks, dinner, sunset views, a live auction, stargazing, music, and more. Part of the SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Family, Sanibel Sea School’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. To learn more, become a sponsor, or purchase tickets, visit or call (239) 472-8585.

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