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Chef’s ski race kicks Taste of Vail into gear

Wren Wertin

The 14th Annual Taste of Vail, April 7-10, has added a new event this year to kick off the nation’s premier spring food and wine festival – a Chef’s Alpine Ski Classic Race, to be held on April 7, at 10 a.m. at the Black Forest Race Arena on Vail Mountain. The Food Network will film the event for later broadcast on its All American Festivals program.

Vail Valley’s chefs will race down Vail Mountain while dressed in a chef’s coat and hat, which must remain on contestants to the finish line to avoid being disqualified – duct tape will be provided to help keep chefs’ toques on. They will be competing for cheers from their audience and tickets to key events at the Taste of Vail.

Prizes will be awarded to the three fastest skiing chefs, with first place receiving a ticket to the Grand Tasting, second place a ticket to the Mountaintop Picnic and third place winning a ticket to the Apres Ski Tasting.

Valley chefs interested in participating in the Chef’s Alpine Ski Classic Race should call 926-5665 for an entry form. All entries must be received by Monday, April 5.

About Taste of Vail

In its 14th year, the Taste of Vail is the nation’s premier spring food and wine festival, held at several venues throughout Vail. During the annual four-day event upwards of 5,000 people are able to “taste the Vail Valley lifestyle” which showcases Vail’s world-famous resort village. Participants at the Taste of Vail experience the valley’s world-class restaurants, fine wine poured by winemakers and winery owners from top wineries around the globe, along with interactive seminars, the Margarita Mix-Off, auction and dance, Apres Ski Tasting and the popular Mountaintop Picnic sensory extravaganza at the top of Vail Mountain. Proceeds from the Taste of Vail benefit valley charities. For more information visit

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