BEAVER CREEK - Combining world-renowned culinary talent and outdoor venues, the fifth annual Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival returns Aug. 18-20 for the perfect blend of summertime in the Colorado Rockies. From wine and mixology cocktail seminars to cooking classes and wine dinners, the event features culinary delights and wine and spirits offerings for a variety of palates.Featuring the winners of the San Francisco International Wine Competition and World Spirits Competition, the festival also includes educational seminars such as "The ABCs of Tequila" and the "Riedel Crystal Glassware Seminar." The "Best of Walk-Around Tasting" is the culmination of the weekend festival Saturday night, featuring more than 40 award-winning wines and spirits and dishes from celebrity chefs and Beaver Creek favorites served outdoors in the village.Here is the schedule of events:Aug. 18 • The ABCs of Tequila, Wine Spectator Demo Tent (plaza behind Beaver Creek Sports), 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; $45. Anejo, Blanco, Joven, Reposado. Tequila is nearly as varied and complex as wine. In this educational seminar, discover the complexities and varietals of this often under-appreciated spirit.• Riedel crystal glassware seminar, May Gallery, Vilar Center, 3 to 4 p.m.; $60. Learn how proper glassware enhances the wine drinking experience. Seminar participants will receive a set of Riedel's Vinum XL tasting glasses to sample the affects each glass has on four different wines.• Beaver Creek Rodeo Series Guest Chef BBQ, Beaver Creek Rodeo at Traer Creek, 5 to 8 p.m.; $60. Barbecue with guest chef Brendan Collins from Waterloo & City L.A. and Beaver Creek master chef Jay McCarthy of The Chophouse.Aug. 19• Walk & Wine, Beaver Creek Hiking Center and Grouse Mountain Grill, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $100; or luncheon only: $70. Hike on Beaver Creek Mountain with Hiking Center staff then enjoy light summer wines and lunch from the Grouse Mountain Grill by guest chef Abraham Salum from Salum Restaurant in Dallas.• Dessert Pastry and Cocktail Seminar, 8100 at the Park Hyatt, 3 to 4:30 p.m.; $60. Learn how to make delicious dessert pastries with chef and author Marisa Churchill. Mixologists from Blue Lifestyle will teach you how to pair spirits with sweets and make dessert cocktails.• Wine Spectator Seminar - Riesling Revealed, Wine Spectator Demo Tent (Plaza behind Beaver Creek Sports), 5 to 6 p.m.; $25. Blind tasting seminar tasting and discussion led by Tim Clark, national wine educator for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.•Guest Chef Dinner with Craig Hopson (benefiting The Bright Future Foundation), Splendido at the Chateau, 7 to 10 p.m.; $125. Wine pairing dinner with guest chef Craig Hopson of Le Cirque NYC and Splendido's David Walford. A silent auction will take place at the dinner to benefit The Bright Future Foundation.Aug. 20• Cooking Class with Guest Chef Brendan Collins, Splendido at the Chateau, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $120. Guest chef Brendan Collins of Waterloo & City LA will show you ways to freshen up great favorites while attendees sip on cocktails and wine and eat lunch.• The Double Gold award Winning Spirits Presentation, The Osprey, 3 to 4 p.m.; $45. Wine and spirits expert and host Anthony Dias Blue unveils this year's Double Gold spirits from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Attendees will sample some of this year's Double Gold spirits.•Wine Spectator Seminar and Cooking Demo - The Voice of Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine Spectator Demo Tent (Plaza behind Beaver Creek Sports), 5 to 6:30 p.m.; $60. This tasting seminar and discussion looks at Cabernet Sauvignon and what foods are a natural match. Tim Clark, national wine educator with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, and Beaver Creek's master chef Steve Topple of Beano's Cabin, host the event.•"Best of" Walk-Around Tasting, Vilar Performing Arts Center, 7:30 to 10 p.m.; $65. Taste more than 40 award-winning wines and spirits, and dishes from all of the celebrity chefs and your Beaver Creek favorites.For information on event packages, visit www.beavercreek.com or call 800-953-0844. For event tickets only call 888-920-2787.
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