Showcasing culinary offerings via individual events and educational seminars, many participating restaurants will also offer special menu selections throughout the week-long celebration.
“Given the extent to which Salt Lake’s food and beverage scene has evolved and matured, SLARA believes this is the ideal time to launch an annual event that promotes and celebrates the fact that we have become a significant culinary capital of the Mountain West,” says Michele Corigliano, Executive Director of SLARA. “The Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest will feature a range of delectable events designed to showcase our area’s top talent while appealing to both culinary novices and connoisseurs.”
July 6: Eat Drink Salt Lake
The Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest activities officially kicks off with Eat Drink Salt Lake on July 6 at Tracy Aviary where guests can discover Salt Lake’s vibrant food, wine and spirits culture throughout the aviary.
July 7 and 8: Wine Education Seminars
Themed wine seminars like Vive la France, A is for Argentina and Premium Ports will be hosted by Cliff Dining Pub, Kimi’s Chop and Oyster House, Finca, East Liberty Tap House, Manoli’s and Cucina.
July 8: Bubbles & Lunch
Encore Bistro at Eccles Theater will host a three-course lunch paired with sparkling wine at this new, downtown bistro from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Music by DJ Christopher Gawel.
July 8: Meet Your Maker
The Park City Culinary Institute, Salt Lake City Campus, will present Alpine Distilling, Beehive Distilling, Dented Brick Distillery, Mountain West Cider, Sugarhouse Distillery and Waterpocket Distillery as guests learn about the art of producing spirits and mixology from Utah’s local, craft distilleries. Music by DJ Christopher Gawel.
Time: 3 to 6 p.m.
July 9: Wine Education Dinner
East Liberty Tap House joins up with Melinda Kearney of Lorenza for a wine education dinner and “Meet the Maker” event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
July 10: Progressive Food & Spirits Walk
Walk the 15th & 15th neighborhood and dine at Mazza, Trestle Tavern and Caputo’s while sipping specialty cocktails by local distilleries Alpine, Beehive and Dented Brick. Music by DJ Gawel. Three start times at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m.
Complete details, pricing and online purchase of gift certificates that provide entry to events at www.slfoodandwinefest.com.