What do Forbes, USA Today, and the Travel Channel have in common? They've all named Taste of Vail one of the best spring food and wine festivals in the country.
Set for April 3-6, 2019, Master Sommeliers, vineyard owners, authors, merchants, and renowned chefs will descend upon the valley to lead talks, seminars, cook-offs, tastings, pairings, auctions, and much, much more. This year, more than 30 restaurants are taking part in the event, while more than 40 wineries will set up shop in the area. All this amid the dramatic scenery of Vail Valley, with its soaring snow-covered peaks and stunning design and architecture. Tents line the cobblestone streets of the European-inspired village, and all around you, foodies and wine enthusiasts join together for four days of culinary delight.
The Signature Four Pass: $449 If you want to get the most out of the event, go with the Four Pass. You'll get access to the four biggest events, or the "Signature" events, which in 2019 include the Debut of Rosé, The American Lamb Cook-Off, The Mountain Top Tasting, and the Grand Tasting.
The Debut of Rosé: $59 Be the first to try the 2018 rosés that are now available for the first time. The event is on Wednesday, April 3, from 4-7pm.
The American Lamb Cook-Off and Apres Ski Tasting: $85. Perhaps one of the best apres-ski parties of the year, you'll get to sample lamb dishes and pair them with exquisite wines from celebrated vineyards. This event goes from 3-6pm on Thursday, April 4. Scroll below for a quick video of 2017's apres-ski party.
The Grand Tasting and Auction 2019: $220. All of Taste of Vail's wineries and chefs will take part in this epic event, where you'll sample the best food and wine participating restaurants have to offer. The event is on Saturday, April 6, from 5-8pm.
Mountain Top Tasting 2019: $150. During what is surely one of the highest -- if not THE highest -- high-end culinary events in the country, you'll try out various wines, beers, spirits, and food at an elevation of 10,350 feet. To get there, you'll need to take the Eagle Bahn gondola out of Lionshead. Ski passes are encouraged if you have them, but if not, you can request a "foot pass" to ride the gondola. The event takes place from noon to 2:30 on Friday, April 5.
Click here to see a full schedule of the four-day event.
Below are a few homes ideally located for either one particular event or for the event as a whole. If you still have questions about where to stay, where to park, which events we recommend, and more, get in touch with us today. We'd love to help you plan the perfect Vail trip.
Best for: The Mountain Top Tasting.
Located just steps from the Eagle Bahn Gondola, you can zip to the top of the mountain at noon, spend the afternoon taking in the jaw-dropping views and sampling the region's best food, wine, and spirits, then descend down to the village to keep the party going.
Best for: The American Lamb Cook-off and Apres Ski Tasting.
The tents, vendors, and excitement that will fill the streets of Vail Village on Thursday, April 4, will be right outside your door when you stay at Brookview. Spend the afternoon wandering and sampling before heading back to the luxury hot tub located within the complex or your private balcony that looks over the pool.
Best for: The Reserve Grand Tasting and Auction.
The Grand Tasting and Auction will be held at the Vail Mariott Mountain Resort, which is just across the street from Trail's End. The event goes from 5-8pm on Saturday, April 6, so you could even get in a day of skiing, head home, then walk to the event fresh and ready for the rest of the night.
Check out this short video that shows what you can expect to see when you head up to Taste of Vail.