Utah's largest wine and food festival—the Park City Food & Wine Classic—returns for its 12th season this July, and if you don't have tickets yet, it's time to get hopping. Seminars, tastings, adventures and dinners are filling up fast.
This year's Classic runs from July 7-10 with events ranging from hiking and biking with booze to educational seminars, bringing together more than 600 artisans including winemakers, brewers, distillers, chefs, sommeliers and more. As always, a portion of all proceeds will go to the People's Health Clinic, a nonprofit providing healthcare for uninsured individuals and families in Utah's Summit and Wasatch counties. Tickets to participate in the Classic are priced from $65 to $7,500.
The event brings something new each year, and 2016 is no exception. Stretching beyond the confines of Summit County, the Montage to Moab experience ($7,500 per group, up to four people) includes a luxury private charter plane to and from Moab on July 7, and an opportunity to bike and hike during a guided, personalized day trip to the iconic red rocks of Arches National Park and Moab Canyonlands. Gourmet lunch is included.
For something a little more affordable, how about Coffee & Wine ($65) on July 8? Gevalia Master Brewers and Tasters will be joined by sommelier Jim Santangelo to discover the parallels between the worlds of coffee and wine tasting, and how each can compliment food menus. Do you have an artist's itch? On July 7, painting and wine (always a good combination) come together during High Altitude Paint & Wine ($85) featuring step-by-step art instruction (no experience or skill required) from The Paint Mixer combined with a wine tasting led by the Fox School of Wines. At the end of the event, attendees will leave with their own unique masterpiece of a "High Altitude" iconic Park City scene.
For the adventurous, SUP N Suds ($95) offers guests a way to experience standup paddleboarding (SUP) at Deer Valley Lake with Park City SUP owner Trent Hickman, along with a lunch prepared by Deer Valley Resort and local craft brews from Wasatch Brewery and Squatters. SUP N Suds will be offered on July 7 and again on July 8.
One of my favorite Napa wine producers is Joel Gott Wines. Gott also happens to live part-time in Park City, is an avid mountain bike enthusiast, and will lead a bike tour on a course through Park City and Deer Valley's premier single-track terrain during July 9's Gott & Gears ($95). Following the bike ride, a lunch prepared by Chef Richard Samaniego will be complemented with Gott and his wines at J&G Grill in the St. Regis Deer Valley.
One of the most popular yearly Park City Food & Wine Classic events is a mountain bike ride with the affable executive chef at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Zane Holmquist. During Fat Tires & Phat Wines ($95) on July 8, participants will ride through the panoramic single tracks of Deer Valley and Park City, led by Holmquist, before settling in for a sumptuous lunch on the sunny Stein's Lodge deck. The lunch will be joined by winemakers and avid cyclists Nile Zacherle and Whitney Fisher and their creations from Fisher Vineyards, Zacherle Wines and David Arthur Vineyards.
This year's signature event—Toast of Park City ($175)—takes place on the Grand Lawn and Grand Terrace of the Montage Deer Valley on July 9 and will feature gourmet foods and live music to accompany hundreds of domestic and international wines, craft beers and spirits available for sampling.
For more info on these and dozens of other events, visit ParkCityFoodAndWineClassic.com