Taste of Vail announces seminars
VAIL, Colorado Seminars held during the 19th annual Taste of Vail in Vail, Colorado will feature food, wine, spirits and beer pairings and experts ranging from cigar aficionados and barbecue pit masters to award-winning celebrity chefs and winemakers from around the country. In its 19th year, Taste of Vail is the nations premier spring food and wine festival, held at several venues throughout Vail. During the annual four-day event, upwards of 5,000 people taste the Vail Valley lifestyle.Participants at the Taste of Vail experience the Vail Valleys world-class restaurants, wine poured by winemakers and winery owners from top wineries around the globe, interactive seminars, an auction, a Grand Tasting and Dinner Dance, the Colorado Lamb Cook Off, Aprs ski tasting and the popular Mountaintop Picnic sensory extravaganza at the top of Vail Mountain. Proceeds from the Taste of Vail go to charities in the Vail Valley.ThursdayCooking Seminar with Chef Martin Rios of GeronimoTime: 9:30 to 11 a.m.Location: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & SpaJoin Martin Rios of Geronimo as he prepares one of his classic Southwestern dishes.Seminar price: $30 per person (included in Festival Pass)Justin Isosceles Blending SeminarTime: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and SpaThe Justin Vineyard and Winery Isosceles Blending Seminar is an interactive experience that allows you to be winemaker for a day. Discuss details of how Justin winemaker Kevin Sass and his wine production team determine how this famous blend is assembled. Seating is limited; capacity is 80 people.Seminar price: $55 per person (included in Festival Pass).The Belgian Beer and Food SeminarTime: 2 to 3:30 p.m.Location: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and SpaJoin Chef Daniel Joly (Mirabelle at Beaver Creek) on a tasting and cooking journey with Belgian beers Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe Blonde. Learn about Belgiums brewing history and how a country the size of Maryland can brew more styles of beer than any other nation in the world. A native of Belgium, Joly will explain the perfect way to enjoy Belgian beer, from the importance of glassware to proper pouring and tasting techniques. Learn home entertainment tips on how best to pair these beers with the right dish or add them to the right recipe. Seating is limited; arrive prior to start time. Tickets are nonrefundable.Seminar price: $30 per person (included in Festival Pass).FridayCooking Seminar with Enzo FargioneTime: 9:30 to 11 a.m.Location: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and SpaJoin Enzo Fargione of Teatro Goldini in Washington, D.C., as he demonstrates how to prepare one of his signature dishes.Seminar price: $30 per person (included in Festival Pass).Davidoff Cigar and Grand Marnier TastingTime: 6:30 to 8 p.m.Location: Tap RoomTaste of Vail teams fine cigars and spirits for an evening of fun. Representatives from Davidoff Cigars and Grand Marnier will be on hand to demonstrate pairings of their products. Learn about the worlds finest cigars and the rich history of Grand Marnier, and experience the nuances of each when paired together.Price: $50 per person (Included in Festival Pass)SaturdayCooking Seminar with Marc ForgioneTime: 9:30 to 11 a.m.Location: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and SpaMarc Forgione of Marc Forgione Restaurant in New York will demonstrate how to prepare one of his signature dishes. Seating is limited; please arrive prior to start time. Tickets are non-refundable. Seminar price: $30 per person (included in Festival Pass)Barbeque SeminarTime: Noon to 1:30 p.m.Location: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and SpaRenowned barbecue experts Mike Fernandez of Moes BBQ and Wildwood Smokehouses Ken Woodbury will lead a discussion and tasting of BBQ and complementary beverages. Sample examples of barbecue from Texas, Memphis and its derivative style, Alabama. How do they differ from Kansas City or Carolina versions? What beverages are synergistic: beer, wine, Grand Marnier Sweet Tea or 10 Cane Rum Lemonade? Problems with efforts to make barbecue at home? The pit masters will have some suggestions. Seminar price: $30 per person (included in Festival Pass).Chardonnay Matchmaking Seminar Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.Location: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and SpaAre you committed to finding a meaningful relationship with Chardonnay? If you are, then join Maison Latour, HdV, Patz and Hall, Miner, Tandem and Ramey Wineries to find the match that is right for you. This years Chardonnay panel will put you in an intimate setting with both wine and winemaker: talk one-on-one with the winemakers and experience exclusive wines only available at this event.Seminar price: $65 per person (Included in Festival Pass).For more information on Taste of Vail and its sponsors or to purchase passes, visit http://www.TasteofVail.com.