Vail, Colo. — Tickets now are on sale for the 21st Annual Taste of Vail food and wine festival, the nation’s premier spring food and wine festival, held at several venues throughout North America’s most popular mountain resort.
This year’s event takes place April 7-9, 2011 and features more than 30 guest chefs, restaurateurs and sommeliers as well as more than 50 wineries. The event kicks off on April 7 at 3 p.m. with the 7th Annual Colorado Lamb Cook-off and Après Ski Tasting in the heart of Vail Village. . Local chefs will showcase their finest lamb dishes to the public, while simultaneously competing for prizes in the cook-off. Guest vintners also will serve wine varietals within the theme “Life Beyond Chardonnay & Cabernet.”
The showcase event on Friday, April 8 is the Mountaintop Picnic from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Vail Mountain. Located at 10,350 feet above sea level in a hand-built snow arena, the setting for the Picnic is unlike any other food and wine event. Chefs from Vail’s top restaurants will serve up a gourmet picnic, while guest wineries serve selections of their finest wines. Ticket holders can ski to the event or take the Eagle Bahn Gondola out of Lionshead to access the signature on-mountain picnic.
Taste of Vail wraps up on Saturday, April 9 with the Grand Tasting from 7 p.m. to midnight. The Grand Tasting is the culmination of the three-day event with chefs showcasing their most creative fare alongside wine partners who feature their best product. The event also includes live music and dancing into the evening.
Taste of Vail’s popular food and wine seminars also return for the 21st Annual event, past favorites include Umami “Wine and Food in Balance,” Aphrodisiac Foods, and Celebrity Death Cage Match Between Wine, Beer and Cheese. If the seminars and events don’t fill the appetite, numerous restaurants throughout Vail will host winemaker dinners to pair signature dishes and specialty wines. A complete list of seminars and winemaker dinners along with times and pricing will be available in early 2011.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the 21st Annual Taste of Vail, please visit www.tasteofvail.com or call 970-926-5665 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 970-926-5665 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.