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Culinary arts add a nice taste to the Park City Kimball Arts Festival

The Park City Kimball Arts Festival, which is in full swing on Historic Main Street this weekend, is on a three-tiered mission — to offer art, cuisine and music, according to Dave March, marketing and events director for the Kimball Art Center.

While the art and music is obvious, the cuisine aspect of the festival isn't as well known.

"We know we have an iconic [culinary] footprint on Historic Main Street, so, we needed to leverage that with the festival and the street itself, because we bring in 50,000 people into town over a three-day period," March told The Park Record. "We worked with the Historic Park City Alliance and the Park City Business Alliance and found how to take advantage of that from a business and restaurant standpoint."

That entailed creating some programs — Taste of Art, Artisan Tasting and the Food Truck Round-Up.

Taste of Art showcases Park City's restaurants, cafes and eateries, and they offer some good deals with meals and appetizers, and in some cases, special tastings, according to March.

"We've got great partners with Taste of Art," he said.

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Old favorites include Shabu, 442 Main St., and Wahso, 557 Main St.

"We added a few new restaurants this year," March said.

Those include Tupelo at 508 Main St., and Nikara and the Tavern, which are both located at Main & SKY, 201 Heber Ave.

While the other restaurants will offer appetizer and entree deals, Tupelo will offer local craft chocolate tastings with various desserts and spirits from High West Distillery and Park City Brewing, according to March.

"We also do partnerships with other restaurants that aren't located near Main Street, but are massive proponents of town," he said.

Those off-Main eateries include the Brass Tag, 900 Deer Valley Dr., which is part of Deer Valley's family and Grub Steak, 2093 Sidewinder Dr., in Prospector.

"We are excited to offer those up as well," March said.

The Artisan Tasting is a new program this year that spotlights hand-crafted food producers.

Participating businesses include C&C Candies from Sandy and JulieAnn Caramels, located in West Jordan.

C&C Candies offer gourmet licorice that are made in Spain and Italy, and JulieAnn Caramels creates hand-crafted caramels that feature flavors such as butter, sea salt, vanilla, orange, raspberry, licorice and smoked almond, according to March.

The Food Truck Round-Up found at the Wasatch Brew Pub parking lot at the top of Main Street.

Participating food trucks are Bruges Waffle Bus, Rubadue's Saucey Skillet, Banh Mi Time and Black's Sliders.

"We'll have these set up by the music stage at the top of Main," March said.

In addition to the on-site food, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival is offering a "dream dinner for two" excursions as part of the Kimball Art Center's membership drive.

"Starting with a single $50 membership, which is discounted off the regular $55 price, you are entered into a drawing to win this dream dinner that will include two Delta Airlines tickets to any city in the continental U.S., and a $500 gift card towards lodging and a $1,000 gift card for the dinner of your choice," March said. "You can choose your restaurant and you can choose your flight."

The membership drive will run through Sunday, Aug. 21, and people can register at the festival this weekend or online by visiting http://www.kimballartcenter.org.

"This is a fun focus for us and it's for all those who want to see what we have to offer," March said. "We are the only community art center in the town and in the county, and we need to know how to take advantage of that to offer the best event that we can."

The Park City Kimball Arts Festival will run through Sunday, Aug. 14. For more information, visit http://www.parkcitykimballartsfestival.org.