Published: Feb 06, 2014 6:13 AM EST
Updated: Feb 06, 2014 9:57 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. -Tickets are on sale now for the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Festival.

The event begins with dinners featuring select vintners and local chefs in private homes from Fort Myers to Naples Friday, Feb. 21. It concludes with a Grand Tasting and Auction the following day, Saturday, Feb. 22, at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.

The festival is organized by SWFL Children’s Charities Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides funding to local children’s causes, and has raised more than $8.9 million over the last five years, making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County. The primary beneficiary is the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, which is scheduled to open in 2017 at HealthPark Medical Center in south Fort Myers. The state-of-the-art family-center children’s hospital will provide new and expanded pediatric medical services and subspecialty services to children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

The wine fest also helps support the Edison State College Pediatric Nursing Program and Florida Gulf Coast University’s music therapy program at the Bower School of Music.

Title sponsor of the 2014 event is SKANSKA GATES. Additional sponsors include FineMark National Bank & Trust, LTC Global, Sam Galloway Ford Lincoln, Private Client Insurance Services, Home-Tech and Investors’ Security Trust Company. In-kind sponsors are Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, Palm Printing/Printers Ink, Angelina’s Ristorante, Jason’s Deli and Norman Love Confections.

For Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest tickets, sponsorships or additional information, contact SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. at 239-513-7990, email info@swflwinefest.org or visit www.swflwinefest.org.