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Artwork Revealed to Commemorate the 24th Annual Taste of Vail Food and Wine Festival

CREATED: 2013-12-18 02:54 PM

Vail, Colo. - Dec. 17, 2013 - Vail local artist Charmayne Bernhardt brings a signature Taste of Vail scene to life for the 24th annual food and wine festival's commemorative artwork, which is available for purchase during the event on April 2-5, 2014.

"The idea of asking a local artist to create our commemorative artwork is a tradition for Taste of Vail," said Chris Chantler, chairman of the Taste of Vail board.. "It's important to us that our guests are able take a part of the Taste of Vail experience home and proudly display it."

Bernhardt uses watercolor to create a realistic painting depicting fine wine, fresh food and a mountain backdrop for the commemorative artwork. Further detail can be found on the wine labels where signature images of Vail Village, the International Bridge and Vail Mountain are delicately painted to create a masterpiece unique to Taste of Vail.

"I wanted the painting to say all the things that Taste of Vail is, without words," said Bernhardt. "Someone can look at it and think Vail, mountains, food, wine and fun."

Bernhardt has been a Vail resident for 40 years and an artist since she was a child. She attended an "Old Masters" art school on a full scholarship and learned a variation of styles under strict training.

"Drawing and painting have been a vital part of my life since I was a small child and I'm grateful to be blessed with the ability to create in this fashion," said Bernhardt. "When I was asked to do the painting, I felt surprised and honored."

The 24th Annual Taste of Vail commemorative artwork can be purchased for $20 during the spring 2014 event.

Taste of Vail is the nation's premier spring food and wine festival, held at several different venues throughout North America's most popular mountain resort from April 2-5, 2014. In addition to the new seminars offered during the 24th Annual Taste of Vail, the event will include, the Debut of Rosé, the 10th Annual Colorado Lamb Cook-off and Après Ski Tasting, the Mountaintop Picnic and the Grand Tasting.

Last Chance for Savings on Passes
Individual event tickets and signature event passes are now on sale with special discounts of up to 20 percent until Dec. 31, 2013. Four and six-pack seminar tickets are now available for those wanting hands on experience with participating wineries and local chefs. The four-pack seminar tickets are on sale for $110 (regular $150) and a six-pack for $155 (regular $185). The signature Mountaintop Picnic is currently available for $108 (regular $135) and the Grand Tasting for $140 (regular $175). Access the entire event and save as the signature event package is on sale for $350 (regular $385) until the end of 2013.

For more information on the Taste of Vail or to purchase tickets, please visit www.tasteofvail.com.
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