Each year, I eagerly look forward to Taste of Vail. Unfortunately, the April 2020 event was cancelled and then, in 2021, it was postponed. A quieter event has emerged, and this September 16-18, guests will enjoy a combination of Taste of Fall, the Fall Food & Wine Classic, and Vail in the autumn.
While the Taste of Vail has been scaled back, I am happy to announce that my favorite event during this festival of food and wine will go on.
The American Lamb Cook Off is happening on Thursday, September 16. It’s a cornucopia of lamb dishes, made by some of the best restaurants in Vail. Held outside, this is my most-loved event at the Taste of Vail, and I’m excited that in this pared down version of the festival, it survived. Alongside bites of lamb bacon and lamb bánh mi, guests can drink fine wines too. After all, this is a major wine event.
Believe it or not, while the wine flows and flows, there is an educational component to Taste of Vail. In 2019, I learned that I actually like Greek wine and in 2018, I got to play a fan girl during a seminar by winemakers from Oregon, my home state.
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There are just two seminars this year, but each will leave attendees with an enhanced understanding of French Caviar and the sparkling wine in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. These are interactive events with tastings and all manner of questions. The seminars at Taste of Vail are a delight and it looks like this year will be no different.
The second signature event during this year’s Taste of Vail, will be the outdoor Harvest Farm to Table Dinner. It usually occurs earlier in the week, but this year’s dinner is Friday, September 17. Chefs cook dishes with local ingredients and pair their creations with select wines. It’s an affair to remember.
The pure beauty of Vail in the autumn can be experienced during both of the activities planned for Taste of Vail. First, the hike up Berry Creek Trail on Friday, is something I’ve done at the Fall Food & Wine Classic, and I highly recommend. Not only does it help burn off those calories from food and wine, it is glorious. Vail is a postcard in the fall, and the other way to experience it is with Yoga in the Park scheduled for Friday morning.
Vail is truly lovely in the fall, and with these outdoor events, guests of Taste of Vail will get to experience the transition from summer to autumn in the Colorado mountains. And don’t worry, the event is following all pandemic guidelines closely. Hand sanitizer and disposable masks will always be available.
Purchase tickets to one, two or all of the events at TasteofVail.com.