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Taste of Vail Turns 20

Taste of Vail Turns 20

[ Wed, 2010-04-07 17:34 ]
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This ain’t no chili cook-off. This famous fest, running April 8–10, caters to the gourmet crowd.

For 20 years, Colorado’s Vail Resort has been perfecting the art of the culinary festival with an annual event that routinely attracts more than 30 chefs and sommeliers and more than 50 wineries. However, Taste of Vail is not simply an elegant excuse for tasting delicious wines and dishes prepared by some of country’s top chefs, it’s meant to be an educational experience as well. This year, the festival features some exciting new seminars.

Taste of Vail kicks off tomorrow with “Celebrities on Snow,” an event at which participants can ski with renowned chefs, sommeliers and winemakers in small groups. Some famous foodies include Josh Jensen of Calera Wine Company in California and Kevin Clair, proprietor of one of Vail’s favorite restaurants: Sweet Basil. Tickets cost $200 and include a Belgian Beer Luncheon at the Lodge at Vail, featuring beer and food pairings. The price does not include a lift ticket.

Friday morning begins with Jerry Comfort’s lecture on umami (sometimes known as the fifth taste). Comfort, a wine educator from Fosters Wine Estate, presents “Wine & Food in Balance,” an interactive tasting of four wines with foods representing tastes such as umami, sweet, sour, salty, bitter and spice.

On Saturday, author of aphrodisiac cookbook Fork Me, Spoon Me, Amy Reiley, discusses the sexy side of food and how it can fire up your love life.

The festival ends on Saturday with the main event, the Grand Tasting and Dinner Dance at the Vail Marriott, where guests can sample a variety of wine and food prepared by local and national chefs. Tickets for the tasting cost $150. Attendees have the option of purchasing the Festival Pass for $495 or individual tickets for each event.

See for more details and a full list of events.