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Vail Daily file photo/Preston UtleyWildflower chef Rahm Fama prepares seared diver scallops with heirloom tomato, raddish salad and seawater foam, during last year's Gourmet on Gore event in Vail Village.

VAIL, Colorado – With over 20 Vail Valley restaurants participating in this weekend’s Gourmet on Gore, this year’s event will be the largest in its history. Now in its fourth year, Gourmet on Gore is an open-air tasting featuring wines, spirits and beers with the best fare from throughout the Vail Valley. It takes place today and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival, held in Vail Village, will feature free live music performed by the Summit Jazz Consort.Gourmet on Gore will showcase wines from France, Italy, Australia, South America, Colorado, California and the Northwest and will offer specialty items in tasting sizes from a wide variety of local restaurants and gourmet food vendors.Participating restaurants and vendors include: Alpenrose, Batter Cupcakes, Big Bear Bistro, Blu’s Restaurant, Bully Ranch, Caf Milano, Da Vinci, Kelly Liken, La Bottega, Larkspur Restaurant, Larkburger, La Tour, Lord Gore, Marketplace on Meadow Drive, Moe’s Original BBQ, Ocotillo Prime, Pastatively, Rimini, Sushi Oka, Sweet Basil, Tap Room, Terra Bistro, The Wildflower, Two Guys Catering and Up the Creek Restaurant.”Gourmet on Gore is intended to make the traditional high-end food and wine festival more accessible to the general public,” explained Missy Johnson of Highline Sports & Entertainment, the festival’s event producer. “There is no admission charge and food and beverage portions are very reasonably priced, which provides a wonderful opportunity for guests to learn more about wine, beers and spirits as well as sample foods from some of the finest restaurants in the Vail Valley.”Gourmet on Gore attendees will be treated to wines from renowned vineyards. Winemakers and sommeliers will be on-hand to discuss their wine and spirit selections and educate attendees on the tasting process. Each wine tasting portion will be priced in $1 increments using “Gourmet Dollars,” with tasting glasses available for purchase on-site. Wine, spirits and beers are not the only temptations at Gourmet on Gore however, as chefs will serve culinary delights throughout the festival. Restaurants will create specialty dishes in taste-size portions, which may then be paired with the wide assortment of wines, spirits and beers being offered. Much like wine tasting portions, fare samples will also be offered at very affordable prices.”It has been a few years since we participated in Gourmet on Gore,” said Larkspur Restaurant’s Owner and Executive Chef Thomas Salamunovich. “We will have three items available to snack on – one sweet, one savory, and the toffee, which covers both. We’re looking forward to a fun weekend!””I am so excited to showcase The Wildflower for Gourmet on Gore,” said The Wildflower Executive Chef Rahm Fama. “I’ll be serving a wonderful breakfast dish comprised of organic eggs, goat cheese and local smoked salmon. It’s sure to be a favorite at this event so I’m preparing for a large turnout!”For additional information about Gourmet on Gore, including a complete schedule, visit http://www.gourmetongore.com or call 970-476-6797.

What: Gourmet on GoreWhen: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, SundayWhere: Gore Creek Drive and Promenade, Bridge Street, VailCost: Wine, beer and food samples available in $1 increments using “Gourmet Dollars”More information: Visit http://www.gourmetongore.com or call 970-476-6797