Annual Food and Wine Classic returns to Park City
There’s nothing like enjoying the outdoors and learning about food, wine and spirits.
This is the foundation for the annual Park City Food and Wine Classic that will be held July 8 through July 12.
The festival, presented by Team Player Productions, offers unique experiences that include hiking, biking, standup paddleboarding and intimate seminars, workshops, pairings and tastings with wine sommeliers and craft-beer artists, according to Event Director Katie Schultze.
"One of the things I focused on when I started as director in 2012 was the programming," Schultze said during an interview with The Park Record. "I decided to put my efforts in presenting great speakers, interesting topics and looking for places around town where people would like to visit and experience."
The idea to do that blossomed when Schultze noticed participants would rather be on the trails or lakes than in classrooms.
"All of our seminars and such still have that education component, but we have added that outdoor element — yoga, bike riding or hiking and things like that — so folks can get that outdoor experience before they sit down with the winemakers or speakers."
This year, the Food and Wine Classic will offer 29 activities, including the bicycle-centric Ride & Wine and Pedal & Pour, as well as the SUP & Suds sessions, which are highlighted by standup paddleboarding.
"It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come," Schultze said. "The goal is to continue to bring a high-class event to Park City that the community can be proud of. We want to keep it fresh and exciting every year."
That’s why Schultze added a yoga session called Vino & Vinyasa on July 9.
"I’m really excited for this one," she said. "We did it in Steamboat, Colorado, last year and it was hugely successful, so I really wanted to try this one in Park City."
The session will be held on the front lawn of the Montage.
"We thought, what better location to do this because when participants do the Downward Facing Dog [pose], they can over look Deer Valley," Schultze said.
Jim Santangelo, a local sommelier, will lead the wine and luncheon after the yoga.
"I believe he will keep with the lighter wines, so it will be a healthy experience all around," Schultze said.
Another new event is Bacon and Barrels, which will be held at Congnition Winery on Friday.
While the Park City Food and Wine Classic is a fundraiser for the People’s Health Clinic, a nonprofit that provides medical care to the uninsured in Summit and Wasatch counties, Bacon and Barrels was the only session organized by the clinic.
"This is special, because every dollar raised with this session will go directly to the them," Schultze explained. "They paired with Cognition Winery, which is in Park City, and Seth Adams, the executive chef of Riverhorse on Main, to conduct the seminar."
Two new seminars are Moonshine in the Mountains on Friday and Think Outside the Bento Box, at Lespri Park City on Saturday.
"Moonshine in the Mountains is presented in conjunction with High West Distillery," Schultze said. "We had done a previous luncheon pairing with High West before, but this year, we will host it at their new distillery at Blue Sky Ranch. People will not only get to hang out with owner David Perkins, but see the new facility.
"As for Think Outside the Bento Box, we thought it would be fun to do something that focuses on wine and sushi," she said. "This one is close to being sold out."
For spirit lovers, the Food and Wine Classic will offer Bite the Bulleit at the Montage on Friday.
"Hollis Bulleit, brand ambassador for Bulleit Whiskey and sixth-generation member of the Bulleit family, will present the whiskey workshop at the Montage," Schultze said. "It’s pretty cool to have a member of the Bulleit family here to do that."
Last year, the classic introduced Beer-B-Q and Hike and Hops, which will both return.
"For Hike and Hops, we’ll have the Stella Artois representatives lead a hike in Deer Valley and we’ll have a bunch of craft beers from Utah represented at the Beer-B-Q," Schultze said. "This was a new feature we added last year. We wanted to highlight the fantastic craft beers that Utah produces. There were 13 beers represented last year, and this year, we’re looking to do the same, if not more."
Another returning favorite is SUP & Suds.
"If people still want to get out on the water and enjoy some Wasatch and Squatters beer afterwards, we will accommodate," she said.
Although the festival is called the Park City Food and Wine Classic, it’s evident the activities aren’t just focused on wine.
"Obviously, you can learn about wine, but the education doesn’t have to stop there," Schultze said. "You can learn from experts in beer and experts in spirits.
"I would encourage people to register as soon as they can for some of these sessions, because some have already sold out or are getting close to selling out," she said. "I would advise people not to wait for the last minute."
Park City Food and Wine Classic 2015 schedule
THURSDAY, JULY 9
FRIDAY, JULY 10
SATURDAY, JULY 11
SUNDAY, JULY 12
The Park City Food and Wine Classic, which is a fundraiser for the People’s Health Clinic, will be held in various venues in and around Park City from Wednesday, July 8, until Sunday, July 12. For more information and tickets for individual sessions, visit http://www.parkcityfoodandwineclassic.com.
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