Taste of Vail
Vail Village is as lively as it is beautiful, and we at La Tour are passionate about the events and happenings that the local community prepares. Below is a run-down of a festival that we love and participate in, Taste of Vail 2014.
What is Taste of Vail?
The festival is a set of iconic food and wine events that promotes the valley’s local food and beverage. Activities span throughout the year and climax in spring, when the actual festival takes place. Dates for Taste of Vail 2014 are April 2 to 5. Locations of the individual events are among the most breath-taking in Vail, one of America’s largest ski resort.
The festival is created by over 30 of Vail’s premiere chefs and restaurants, together with owners and winemakers from close to 50 of the nations’ top wineries. Criterium for participation is straightforward – bring delight to taste buds of all visitors.
Individual events provide large variety and fall under three categories: signature events, seminars and wine dinners. All three often enjoy the presence of special guests. This year’s two main personas are Steve Lewis of Giuliana Imports, and sommelier Josh Wesson of Best Cellars at A&P, NYC.
- Debut of Rosé with USA Today – Wednesday Apr 2, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Lionshead, included in festival pass
- Colorado Lamb Cook Off Après Ski Tasting – Thursday Apr 3, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Vail Village, $75
- Mountain Top Picnic – Friday Apr 4, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, top of Vail Mountain, $135
- Grand Tasting and Auction – Saturday Apr 5, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Vail Marriott Grand Ballroom, $175
- Olive Oil 201 – Friday Apr 4, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Marriot Colorado Ballroom, included in festival pass
- Looking at the World Through Rose’s Colored Glasses – Saturday Apr 5, 12:45 pm to 2:15 pm, Four Seasons Vail, included in festival pass
All these events would deserve an article of their own. To get the most out of Taste of Vail, we recommend choosing a combination of both signature events and seminars that will span across a couple days and allow for plenty of skiing time. To find inspiration in past years, you can read about Taste of Vail 2013.
- “Craft Cocktail” Dinner at Vin 48– Thursday Apr 3, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Vin 48, $70
- Other wine dinners to be announced
Passes, tickets and prices
You have a couple options to consider when planning for the events.
- 2014 Full Festival Pass for $525 is the best deal and the option that suits those who want to attend as much as possible. It covers all events except for wine dinners.
- Signature Pass for the special price of $320, and Seminar Packs for the special prices of $155 and $110, will suit those who come to Taste of Vail with a narrow focus. If you opt for these and later decide to attend something that your pass does not cover, you can still buy a ticket to an individual event (as long as supplies last).
- Individual tickets are a great fit for those who only want to come for a specific event or two. Seminars, for example, cost $50 each. The option is often chosen by first-timers at Taste of Vail, but we have to point out that these guests often regret not having bought a pass. The vibes, the people and the food are just a little too hard to resist.