Epicurean enthusiasts, it’s time to cleanse the palate and prepare those taste buds.
This weekend marks the 14th annual Steamboat Wine Festival featuring over 20 different events with more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, purveyors and locally made products.
Local and national vendors will come together for a series of activities that include wine and food tastings, seminars and cooking demonstrations. A few local names to recognize include Joe Campbell, executive chef from Hazie’s, Kate Rench, executive chef of Cafe Diva, Patrick Funk, executive chef at Aurum Food & Wine, Scott Przymus from the Sevens Mountain Grill and Vicki Connacher from Rex’s Family Restaurants.
A few of the popular tasting seminars include “Wine on the Mountain,” “Stroll of Steamboat,” “Trails and Tannins,” the yoga class “Warrior and the Wine,” “Wine and Climb,” “Toast of Steamboat” and the “Corks and Canvas” art workshop.
During the Stroll and Grand Tasting events, patrons will have a chance to sample what’s found within Steamboat’s local culinary scene including food from: Cloverdale Farm & Restaurant, E3 Chophouse, Hazie’s, Harwigs, Low Country Kitchen, Amuse Bouche, Aurum Food & Wine, The BARley, The Cabin, Café Diva, Carl’s Tavern, Cugino’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, Salt & Lime and Mountain Brew.
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