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Feast! Vail festival starts Friday

The second annual FEAST festival is more than just food — the Belay and Brunch event is set for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Vail Vitality Center and Terra Bistro in Vail
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Participating chefs include:

Paul Anders, Mountain Standard & Sweet Basil, Vail

Frank Bonanno, Bonnano Concepts, Denver

Brian Brouillard, Mountain Standard, Vail

Brian Busker, Matsuhisa Vail

Paul Ferzacca, La Tour, Vail

Vidette Gehl, Big Bear Bistro, Vail

Troy Guard, TAG, Denver

Julian Hampton Smith III, Bol, Vail

Jason Harrison, Flame, Vail

Rob Kennon, Sweet Basil, Vail

Kelly Liken, Restaurant Kelly Liken, Vail

Douglas McAvity, Up the Creek, Vail

Jay McCarthy, Vail Blue Moose & Vail Chophouse, Vail

Shawn Miller, Terra Bistro, Vail

Paul Reilly, Beast + Bottle, Denver

Carrie Shores, Table 6, Denver

Florian Schwarz, Swiss Chalet - Sonnenalp Hotel, Vail

Lauren Smith, Mountain Cupcakes, Vail

Elise Wiggins, Panzano, Denver

Participating beverage experts include:

Andreas Harl, Beverage Director, Matsuhisa, Vail

Michael Kelley, Certified Beer Steward, Beer Sommelier, representing Stella Artois

Jim Lay, Sommelier, Elway’s, Vail

Nick Noeson, Sommeiler, Avon Liquor

And many other Colorado Craft Brewers and Distillers

VAIL — Feast! Vail returns to kick off the summer season during Memorial Day weekend, Friday through Monday.

This culinary celebration continues the tradition of inspiring guests with a weekend packed with delicious experiences and signature Vail adventure activities. Vail chefs collaborate with some of the state’s best culinary talent and will be joined by masters of the vine, small-batch spirit producers, cocktail artisans and craft beer experts, all game for adventure, from the kitchen table to the mountain trail.

“Everyone knows about the adventure-side of Vail’s summer with climbing, fishing and hiking, but Vail has also built a reputation for culinary excellence, so we wanted to combine these two aspects into one fantastic weekend,” said event producer James Deighan, of Highline Entertainment. “Participants will not only be treated to exceptional food and drink, but they also have the opportunity to climb, hike and take a fly-casting clinic with some of the best chefs in the nation. Feast! is a true Vail-lifestyle experience.”

Feast! Vail gets underway on Friday night from 6 to 9 p.m. with Small Bites, Big Valley Flavors at The Sebastian in Vail. Vail’s chefs will be joined by great talent from Denver serving up small plates to kick off the holiday weekend. Enjoy a mouthwatering small plate tasting presented by celebrated Vail Valley and talented guest chefs.

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No feast would be complete without sips and tunes, so we’ve added wines, microbrews, handcrafted cocktails and live bluegrass to the mix. To top it off, guests will have the opportunity to choose their favorite bite and help us crown Feast! Vail’s best bite. Tickets are $75 per adult and $25 per child and are available for purchase at www.feastvail.com.


The weekend continues with a variety of culinary “sides” taking place throughout a variety of Vail and Lionshead restaurants. From 11 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday guests have the opportunity to choose one of four custom seminars during each time period, giving each guest a hands-on experience from experts in the field.

The culinary sides range from the Gluten Free Puff Pastries presentation with Executive Chef Carrie Shores, of Table 6 in Denver, and Brews and Bites presented by a certified beer steward and beer sommelier representing Stella Artois at CineBistro, to the Rocky Mountain High Rub Class with Chef Edison Mays, of Flame in Vail, and How to make Bavarian Kaesespaetzle with Executive Chef Florian Schwarz, of Swiss Chalet at the Sonnenalp Hotel.

Adventure-based experiences

On Saturday and Sunday, Feast! Vail offers a variety of adventure-based experiences for guests including a casting clinic presented by Fly Fishing Outfitters and Kelly Liken on Sunday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. along Gore Creek at Gore Creek Promenade. This event is a wonderful example of the true essence of Feast! Vail. Guests are invited to begin their day with a fly-fishing clinic with Vail’s own celebrity chef Kelly Liken and some of the best-known local anglers from Fly Fishing Outfitters. They’ll share tales from the river, casting techniques and much more. This event is open to all ability levels and no equipment is necessary.

The weekend includes additional lifestyle events such as Trail Mix, Belay and Brunch presented by Vail Vitality Center and Yoga For a Cause presented by Vail Vitality Center and benefiting Vail Veterans Program. All of the lifestyle events offer a fun Vail-based experiences for all ability levels with culinary components to top it off.

New this year to the Feast! Vail portfolio is the Colorado Craft Brews & Spirits Tasting, which takes place on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sebastian in Vail. This event will showcase Colorado’s finest breweries and distilleries. Guests will have the opportunity to sample numerous beers and spirits that are all homegrown in the state of Colorado. Tickets are available at http://www.feastvail.com and are $50 per person.


Feast! Vail concludes on Monday with a Memorial Day Brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Gore Creek Drive. This event offers open admission, live music and is planned for a open-air unique atmosphere to celebrate the holiday.

Guests are invited to sample brunch items from different open-aired mess halls. Each mess hall will highlight a different branch of service with active and veteran chefs. These chefs will be paired with our local favorites including Sweet Basil, La Tour, Kelly Liken and the Sonnenalp to bring you a memorable and fitting brunch as you enjoy the sounds and spirit of live tunes.

Feast! Vail is a proud partner of local nonprofit the Vail Veterans Program. Since 2004, the Vail Veterans Program has been transforming injured military and their families through individualized world-class outdoor programs building confidence and lifelong relationships.

Through rehabilitative sports and recreation activities, the Vail Veterans Program is helping to build confidence and give hope for the future.


Local artist Carrie Fell has once again created a one-of-a-kind work of art to represent this year’s event. Complimentary poster prints of the Feast! Vail artwork, “Fresh Catch” will be available for event attendees throughout the variety of events, while supplies last.

Events are sold a la carte and tickets can be purchased online at www.feastvail.eventbrite.com. Individual event tickets vary in price. The Memorial Day Brunch offers complimentary admission with all items a la carte. A full schedule of events, lodging packages and other details are available at http://www.feastvail.com or by calling 970-476-6797.

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