Sip of the town with Park City Food and Wine Festival
July 8, 2008
Drink up, Park City.
The fourth annual Park City Food and Wine Festival begins Thursday, July 10, and runs through Sunday, July 13.
The event features 62 wineries, 600 different wines, 22 restaurants, eight food and wine seminars, three grand tastings and a Friday stroll, according to Doug Larson of Team Sage Production, the Denver-based events company organizing the event.
"It’s the largest and most unique festival that combines food and wine," he said. "Food and wine right now is hot. The thing about Park City is that it’s got some of the most fabulous restaurants to come out and showcase."
In addition to cooking demonstrations and wine education classes, the event features live music.
What makes the festival a must for residents of Park City and Utah is the one-on-one interaction between consumers and sommeliers, wine makers and chefs, he says. "You don’t get that at the store," Larson said, adding that the festival had the same concept of a farmer’s market. "Our seminars sell out every year," he said. "That’s where a great amount of the education goes on."
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Organizers say classes are suitable for connoisseurs as well as beginners. "You get some wine novices that don’t know the difference between red and rose," Larson said, "and other people can tell what part of the world a wine is from just by smelling it."
The biggest change this year, Larson explained, is the size of the event. When the festival started four years ago, it attracted about 1,000 visitors. This year, the number attending could top 3,000, he said.
Park City Food and Wine Fact Sheet
The Fourth Annual Park City Food and Wine Classic
Thursday, July 10 to Saturday, July 13
Schedule of events:
Thursday, July 10, 5:30 to 7 p.m.: "A Toast to Remember," Wine on the Mountain kickoff celebration at Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley. The auction benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. The event costs $125.
7 to 10 p.m. Winemakers dinners: Various locations in town. See Web site for details.
Friday, July 11, 7:30 a.m.: 3rd Annual Park City Food and Wine Golf Tournament at Park City Public Golf Course. The event costs $115 per person or $400 for a foursome.
11 a.m.: Cook with Tillamook Seminar, The Sky Lodge, Park City, $40
11:30 a.m.: Tuscany’s Best Seminar, Hotel Park City, $65
1:30 p.m. Napa vs. Bordeaux The Rematch Seminar, Hotel Park City, $150
3 to 6 p.m. Stroll of Park City, Historic Main Street, Town Lift Plaza, Park City’s Historic Main Street, $65
7 to 10 p.m.: Winemakers dinners
Saturday, July 12
"Spain: Europe’s Greatest Value?", Grand Summit Hotel, The Canyons Resort
3 to 6 p.m. Toast of Park City Grand Tasting, The Forum at The Canyons, cooking demonstrations and tastings, $75
Sunday, July 13
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Canyons Resort Sunday Brunch, Red Pine Lodge, $19 for adults, $9.95 for kids.
For tickets and a full list of events, go to http://www.ParkCityFoodandWineClassic.com or call 877-328-2783.