Buy early and save for the annual Taste of Vail Food & Wine Festival

VAIL —Buy now and save on tickets to the 24th annual Taste of Vail food and wine festival, which is scheduled April 2-5. Save up to 20 percent on ticket prices when purchased before Dec. 31.

Taste of Vail also is offering a variety of new ticket options for the 2014 event including a Signature Event Pass and special seminar packs. The Signature Event Pass provides access to the 10th annual Colorado Lamb Cook Off and Apres Ski Tasting, Mountaintop Picnic and Grand Tasting for $350 (regular $385). New four and six-pack seminar passes also are available for attendees to experience a wide range of entertaining and educational sessions. The four-pack is on sale for $110 (regular $150) and the six-pack is currently $155 (regular $185). These seminar packs are non-transferrable and guests will need to sign up for individual sessions once they are announced.

“We wanted to provide our attendees with more flexible pass options,” said Chris Chantler, chairman of the Taste of Vail board. “These new ticket options allow guests to mix and match the Taste of Vail experience they would like to have.”

Individual event tickets also are on sale now with the signature Mountaintop Picnic available for $108 (regular $135) and the Grand Tasting for $140 (regular $175).

The 24th annual Taste of Vail already is shaping up with an impressive list of wineries confirmed, including Grgich Hills Cellars, Ladera Vineyards, ZD Wines, Rock Wall Wine Co. and many more.

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The event kicks off on April 2 with winemaker dinners and activities throughout Vail.

Lamb Cook Off

On April 3, the 10th annual Colorado Lamb Cook Off and Apres Ski Tasting will take place in the heart of Vail Village. Local chefs will showcase their finest lamb dishes to the public, while simultaneously competing for prizes in the cook-off. Guest vintners also will serve wine varietals.

The showcase event on April 4 is the Mountaintop Picnic on Vail Mountain. Located 10,350 feet above sea level in a hand-built snow arena, the setting for the picnic is unlike any other food and wine event. Chefs from Vail’s top restaurants will serve up a gourmet picnic while guest wineries serve their finest selections. Ticket holders can ski to the event or take the Eagle Bahn Gondola out of Lionshead to access the signature on-mountain picnic.

Taste of Vail wraps up on April 5 with the Grand Tasting. The Grand Tasting is the culmination of the three-day event with chefs showcasing their creative fare alongside wine partners who feature their best product.

Taste of Vail’s popular food and wine seminars also will return with past favorites such as the Exploration of Olive Oil with Guiliana Imports and wine expert Josh Wesson returns with a special rose seminar. Additional seminar and winemaker dinner information will be released in late 2013.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the 24th annual Taste of Vail, visit or call 970-401-3320.

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