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Whet your appetite at Gourmet on Gore

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VAIL, Colorado The annual Gourmet on Gore, a food, wine and spirits open air tasting and cocktail party, will take up residence in the heart of Vail Village over the busy Labor Day weekend. Combining world-class wineries and spirit companies with food from classic restaurants in the Vail Valley, the event also features free live music. An evening cocktail party will kick off the event today from 5 to 10 p.m. along Gore Creek Drive. Open and free to the public, attendees are encouraged to stroll among the fine offerings and listen to live music as the sun sets. Various food and wine pairings will be offered.Additionally, The Connoisseurs Trail Art Walk, being held today from 5 to 7:30 p.m., provides the opportunity to visit eight galleries while tasting food and wine from the Valleys restaurants. The cost is $20. Tickets are available on-site at the Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine tent. The walk benefits Small Champions, a local Eagle County non-profit organization providing year-round sports programs for children with disabilities. On Saturday and Sunday, visitors and locals alike can sample wines from vineyards including La Crema, Stonestreet, Barefoot, Redwood Creek, Sebeka, Canyon Wind and more. Winemakers and sommeliers will be on hand to speak about their selections and educate wine lovers on the tasting process. Gourmet on Gore will showcase many different varietals. Chefs from local restaurants will serve food throughout the day. Restaurants will create specialty dishes in small portions. Featured restaurants will include Blus, La Tour, Bully Ranch, Wildflower, Swiss Chalet, Ludwigs, Mezzaluna, Up the Creek, La Bottega, Batter Cupcakes, Ore House, Eat Drink, Dish, Cut and Rimini. This event is intended to make the traditional high-end food and wine festival more accessible to the public, said Missy Johnson of Highline Sports & Entertainment. Gourmet on Gore is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about wine, spirits and sample foods from some of the finest restaurants in the U.S.Gourmet on Gore runs from 5 to 10 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday on Gore Creek Drive and Bridge Street. Each wine tasting portion is priced in $1 increments and Gourmet Dollars will be available for purchase on site. Food samples will also be offered at $2 to $5. For additional information on Gourmet on Gore, visit http://www.gourmetongore.com or call 970-476-6797.

What: Gourmet on Gore.Where: Gore Creek Drive and Bridge Street in Vail Village.When: Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.Cost: Entrance to the event is free. Each wine tasting portion is priced in $1 increments and food tastings run from $2 to $5. Gourmet Dollars will be available for purchase on site.More information: Visit http://www.gourmetongore.com or call 970-476-6797.