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Taste of Vail 2009 Event Schedule

CREATED: 2009-03-12 03:46 PM

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Kendra Borowski
Vincent Partners
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Including Guest Chefs, World Renowned Wineries,
Competitions and Mountain Top Picnic

Vail, CO (February 2009) - Taste of Vail, the premier spring food and wine festival in the nation's top ski resort, is gearing up for a celebration of food, wine, great fun and skiing at the 19th Annual festival in April 2009. The four-day festival runs from April 1 to April 4, with festivities ranging from cooking seminars with guest chefs throughout the Vail community to the decadent and festive Grand Tasting dinner and dance. Learn how to pair premium Belgium beer with food, vote for your favorite cocktail creation at the Bartender Mix-Off or chill out at the mountaintop picnic.

Taste of Vail will also feature over 30 guest chefs and owners and sommeliers from more than 50 wineries, with all proceeds contributed to a variety of Vail Valley charities.

The 5th Annual Colorado Lamb Cook-Off kicks off the festival right in the heart of Vail Village. Guests are invited to sample an array of delicious lamb dishes prepared by Vail's finest chefs and restaurants, the guest chefs and the Colorado Lamb Board. The dishes range from classic lamb chop dishes to exotic recipes and combinations. The many dishes are complimented perfectly with wine selections by the top wine makers as well as with Belgian beers, Stella Artois, Leffe Blonde and Hoegaarden.

The Après Ski Tasting introduces Taste of Vail's immersion into the wine world. Sommeliers and winery owners will offer tastings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and many more. Thursday evening, guest chefs Marc Forgione and Enzo Fargione will treat guest with an amazing five course dinner and wine pairings at Vail Cascade Resort & Spa.

Held on the third day of the festival, the Mountain Top Picnic takes guests 10,350 feet above sea level to the scenic Eagle's Nest on Vail Mountain. That night, a chef showcase dinner by Martin Rios and Giusseppe Tentori with a live and silent auction at The Lodge at Vail tops off an incredible day.

The most anticipated event of the festival marks the end of the four-days of food and wine. The Grand Tasting dinner, held at Vail Marriot Mountain Resort & Spa, overlooking the Vail Valley and breathtaking Rocky Mountains. Epicureans will indulge in creative dishes by renowned chefs and wine poured from the finest wineries in the world.

A variety of seminars are available for guests of Taste of Vail, including intimate cooking classes with renowned chefs, expert wine tastings and beer pairings.

A full, four-day pass to the 19th Annual Taste of Vail is available for $600 and will include the below events marked with a * as well as cooking and wine seminars.

Wednesday April1, 2009
5th Annual Colorado Lamb Cook-Off
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Vail Village

Thursday April 2, 2009
Cooking Seminar with Chef Martin Rios from Geronimo Restaurant, Santa Fe
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa

Isoceles Blending Seminar with Justin Winery*
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa

Belgian Beer Seminar with Chef Daniel Joly: learn how to properly pair and serve Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe Blonde*
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa

Après Ski Tasting*
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Vail Plaza Hotel and Club

Chef Showcase Dinner featuring guest chefs Enzo Fargione and Marc Forgione
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa

Davidoff Cigars and Grand Marnier Pairing*
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Tap Room

Friday April 3, 2009
Cooking Seminar with Chef Enzo Fargione
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa

Mountain Top Picnic access via the Eagle Bahn Express Gondola*
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Eagle's Nest

10 Cane rum presents the Bar Chefs' Mix Off*
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Sonnenalp Resort of Vail

Seminar with author Amy Reiley, "Fork Me, Spoon Me, the Sensual Cookbook"*
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa

Chef Showcase Dinner and Live and Silent Auction featuring guest chefs Martin Rios and Giuseppe Tentori
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lodge at Vail

Saturday April 4, 2009
Cooking Seminar with Chef Marc Forgione of Restaurant Marc Forgione
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa

Barbeque Seminar*
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa

Chardonnay Matchmaking Seminar*
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa

Grand Tasting and Dinner Dance*
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa

Tickets to the four-day festival and individual events and seminars are available online at along with full event details and schedules.


Please note, the general event pass excludes the Chef Showcase dinners on Thursday and Friday night.

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