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Sundance market celebrates the season’s harvest

Sundance Resort presented is first Harvest Market in1996 to celebrate autumn and the bounty of the season.

"It’s such a beautiful time at the resort when all the leaves start to turn different colors," said Lucy Ridolphi, marketing director for the Sundance Resort. "Everything is so vibrant and there is such a great energy in the air."

This year, the market, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, on Sundance’s Ray’s Lawn, will celebrate its 16th season, said Ridolphi, who has been with the resort for 11 years.

Throughout her time as marketing director, Ridolphi has seen an increase in the event’s popularity with the public and vendors, whose products are mostly made and grown in Utah.

"The festival seems to get bigger every year," she said. "This year, we plan on having a total of 33 booths that will sell everything from visual art, pottery, photography, hand-made clothing, organic produce and baked goods."

"A lot of people come up and do their holiday shopping at the Harvest Market, so it’s become a tradition for them as well," Ridolphi said. "Also, our art studios will be open, so people will have the opportunity to visit them as well."

In addition to the artists’ works, the festival will feature a barbecue buffet prepared by Sundance Resort’s cooking staff.

"As the event has grown, the barbecue, and food and beverages as a whole, has grown as well and taken a bigger role every year," Ridolphi said. "This year the barbecue looks particularly good."

The menu will include grilled Painted Hills tri-tipped beef, herb-roasted chicken breast, Pierre County Bakery rolls, a mango barbecue sauce, a wild arugula and pear salad with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. A tomato salad and a raw garden salad with Utah goat cheese. The cost for the buffet is $14 for adults and $8 for children.

"The Harvest Market was the first event I promoted when I first arrived at Sundance, and it will always have a special place in my heart," Ridolphi said. "It’s so very Sundance to me. It captures what the resort is to me on many different levels the beauty, the time of the year and the whole idea of art and the abundance. It also represents community and people coming up and enjoying it."

To prepare for the festival, Sundance’s programming team starts to contact the vendors during the summer.

"From then on, there is a special energy about the place that makes it exciting for us," Ridolphi said. "We hope people will come enjoy the art, the food and the beauty of their surroundings."

The Sundance Resort, 8841 N. Alpine Loop Rd. in Sundance, will host its annual Harvest Market on Saturday, Sept. 29, form 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The festival will feature arts, crafts, music and food. Admission is free. For more information, call (801) 223-4067 or (866) 734-4428 or visit http://www.sundanceresort.com/create/hap_festivals_harvest.html.


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