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Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits fest begins Friday

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BEAVER CREEK — The ninth annual Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival, presented by Wine Spectator Magazine, returns to Beaver Creek Friday through Sunday.

Each event during the weekend has a specialized theme. The Wine & Tapas Social on Friday at The Metropolitan encourages friends and family to taste a variety of tapas dishes paired with wines from their extensive collection.

The Walk & Wine event on Saturday includes a hike on Beaver Creek Mountain that winds through aspen groves and meadows of wildflowers above Beaver Creek Village. The hike is guided by experts from Beaver Creek's Hiking Center and eventually leads to a place setting in Creekside Park for a chef-lead food and wine pairing featuring Grouse Mountain Grill Executive Chef David Gutowski.

The main event, Saturday's Walk Around Grand Tasting, is a culmination of the weekend's highlighted dishes and drinks with mouth-watering samples, music and drink.

The Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival hosts 10 events total over three days. Tickets can be purchased online at www.BeaverCreek.com/wine and some events are already sold out.

Festival Schedule

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Friday

Manhattans & Margaritas: 3 to 6 p.m. Kick off the Wine & Spirits weekend in style at this sophisticated sipping and sampling event.

Location: Powder 8 Deck at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa.

Price: $40 per person.

Beaver Creek Chophouse Cooking Demo & Wine Pairing: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Chef Jay McCarthy from the Beaver Creek Chophouse will pair culinary creations with delicious wines in an intimate creekside setting.

Location: Beaver Creek Kitchen Pavilion (located next to the covered bridge).

Price: $30 per person.

Wine & Tapas Social: 6 to 9 p.m. The Wine & Tapas Social at The Metropolitan features a variety of tapas dishes that are paired with hand selected wines.

Location: The Metropolitan.

Price: $70 per person.

Splendido Dinner benefiting the Bright Future Foundation: Sold out.

Saturday

Walk & Wine: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will enjoy a beautiful hike with the friendly and knowledgeable guides of the Beaver Creek Hiking Center, ultimately winding their way back down to Creekside Park for a unique farm-to-table culinary experience hosted by Grouse Mountain Grill's executive chef David Gutowski.

Location: Beaver Creek Mountain.

Price: $90 per person.

Mountain Pose & Mimosas: 10 to 11:45 a.m. An invigorating outdoor yoga class followed by refreshing cocktails.

Location: The Club at Allegria Spa (outdoor venue).

Price: $30 per person.

Tacos & Tequila Pairing: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests will be guided through the tasting process, featuring light appetizers, signature street tacos and Herradura Tequila and cocktails.

Location: The Dusty Boot.

Price: $50 per person.

Premium Port & Cheese Pairing: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Premium Port teams up with a local cheese experts to create perfect pairings.

Location: By Nature Gallery.

Price: $30 per person.

Walk Around Grand Tasting: 4 to 7 p.m. Celebrate the height of summer harvests with fresh food tastings and the best wines and cocktails outside at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain.

Location: Base of Beaver Creek Mountain, near the Centennial Express Lift.

Price: $75 per person.

Sunday

Dash & Dine 5K: 9:30 to 11 a.m. After running a 5K on Beaver Creek Mountain, participants can relax and recover with a glass of wine and brunch bites.

Location: Creekside Park.

Price: $30 per person (includes race registration, wine glass race gift, one glass of wine and brunch bites).

For additional information about the Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival and to purchase tickets to events, visit the website http://www.beaver creek.com/wine.