Over the next two months, Utah is putting on food festivals and dining events to tempt the taste buds. From a two-day tasting in downtown’s Gateway, to a dinner party down Main Street, to sips and bits with the birds there is something for everyone this summer. Get tickets soon, as most if not all will sell out.
The 9th annual Tastemakers event is happening June 13 and 14 at The Gateway. The two-day event includes samples and sips from more than 27 of Salt Lake City’s best restaurants, distilleries and bars.
The event offers three ways to discover your favorite bites:
The Tasting Tour is a self-guided tour of downtown Salt Lake City. Drop into Bar George, Salt & Honey, Spencer’s For Steak and Chops and Squatters Pub Brewery to sample their fare in between a relaxing stroll around town.
The Foodie Pavilion at The Gateway features food stations and a beer and wine garden set up around Olympic Fountain where you will enjoy exclusive tastings, outdoor seating, games and live music. Participating restaurants are: SLC Eatery, Eva’s Bakery, Creminelli, Fav Bistro, Last Course Dessert Studio, Park City Culinary, Rodizio Grill, Rye, Stoneground Kitchen, Texas de Brazil and Tsunami Restaurant & Sushi Bar.
The VIP Lounge features craft cocktails created by local distilleries and restaurants, in a private tent and indoor space with private restrooms. Enjoy sips and bites from Alpine Distilling, Celebrity Cruises Bubbles Bar, Dented Brick Distillery, Harbor Seafood & Steak, Holystone Distilling, Martine, Ruby Snap Cookies, Sugar House Distillery, TF Brewing, The Ruin, Waterpocket Distillery and Sicilia Mia.
Tickets are available at Tastemakersutah.com and EventBrite. The Tasting Pass is $45 and includes access to The Tasting Tour and The Pavilion on both days. Alcohol is not included but can be purchased in restaurants on the tour and in the beer and wine garden at The Pavilion. The VIP Pass is $85 and gives you general admission as well as access to the VIP Lounge during the entire event with exclusive VIP tastings and craft cocktails and a 5-drink punch pass.
“It’s a great way to reacquaint yourself with The Gateway and taste delicious bites from some of your favorite restaurants, sip libations from local makers and discover some new finds,” says Jacklyn Briggs, marketing director for The Gateway. This year, a portion of the proceeds will go to Utah Foster Care, a nonprofit that serves Utah’s children by finding, training and supporting children in foster care.
Savor the Summit
Utah’s largest outdoor dinner party returns to Park City on Saturday, June 22. The annual Savor the Summit welcomes guests to a seat down the center of Historic Main Street to dine with 20 of Park City’s finest restaurants as they serve more than 2,500 dinner guests al fresco.
“The ‘Grande Table’ symbolizes the unity of the Park City community as we enjoy warmer weather and new flavors from our award-winning chefs’ seasonal menus,” says Park City Area Restaurant Association executive director Ginger Wicks.
To enjoy the Grande Table experience, guests must make reservations at the individual restaurants participating. Each establishment will offer its own menu and pricing.
- 710 Bodega
- Bangkok Thai on Main
- Buona Vita
- Butcher’s Chophouse & Bar
- Café Terigo
- Cuisine Unlimited Catering
- Eating Establishment
- Egyptian Theatre
- Firewood on Main
- Flanagan’s on Main
- High West Distillery
- Purple Sage
- Riverhorse on Main
- Riverhorse Provisions
- The Bridge Café
- The Talisker Club
- Wasatch Brew Pub
If you’re not up to enjoying the Grande Table, the Spirit Garden—operated by Deer Valley’s The Brass Tag—will offer free live music, craft cocktails, Red Rock beer and wines at the intersection of Heber Avenue and Main Street. No reservations or tickets are needed, but guests must be 21 years of age to attend.
A limited number of VIP tickets are available for purchase for $55. VIP tickets includes three assorted food items from The Brass Tag and two drinks. Food service will be from 5– 8 p.m., and bar service from 5 – 9:45 p.m.
For more information about Savor the Summit, visit savorthesummit.com.
Eat Drink SLC
July 10 ushers in the fifth annual Eat Drink SLC event on Tracy Aviary. Nibble on seasonal fare from Salt Lake’s best restaurants and purveyors while sipping on a selection of 80 wines, craft cocktails from local distilleries and Utah brewery selections. From 6:30-9:30 p.m., listen to live music while strolling the grounds of Tracy Aviary to sample from each of the festival zones—each featuring a distinct culinary mix and entertainment feature.
Tickets are $90 each and the event is restricted to guests 21 years old and over. Find all the details at www.eatdrinkslc.com.
Eat Drink SLC is hosted under a nonprofit partnership umbrella consisting of Tracy Aviary and SB Dance. A third nonprofit, Neighborhood House, represents an organization that empowers underserved youth from Salt Lake’s west side, many of whom are from families involved in the food and beverage industry. Eat Drink SLC’s mission is to honor the entire industry’s food chain including customers, business owners, managers, servers, culinary professionals, purveyors and agricultural workers.