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SLARA PRESENTS 2nd ANNUAL SALT LAKE FOOD & WINE FEST
A Series of Events Celebrates the Area’s Culinary and Beverage Scene, Sept. 11-16

Salt Lake Food and Wine FestFollowing a successful inaugural event last July, The Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association (SLARA) will present an even more robust Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest to showcase this Western gastro capital’s cutting-edge culinary offerings. From September 11 to 16, 2018, a menu of themed events at a variety of exciting venues will appeal to food lovers and wine, spirits, and beer enthusiasts. Individual admission certificates are available online at www.saltlakefoodandwinefest.com. Those traveling to Salt Lake to enjoy the Fest can take advantage of special lodging rates at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center by booking here: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/hi/reservation/book.htm?execution=e1s1

“We were elated with the response to last year’s event by attendees, media, and sponsors,” says Michele Corigliano, Executive Director of SLARA. “Given Salt Lake’s hot summers, we felt we’d attract an even bigger turnout in September, so we have shifted the dates. We are adding new events and venues this year to highlight Salt Lake’s best culinary talent.”

Meet Your Maker, the Fest’s signature event, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15. Designed to be a celebration of Utah’s own food producers, breweries, distilleries, and independent restaurants, the outdoor event will take place on Regent Street in downtown Salt Lake City. It will feature cuisine samplings from Salt Lake’s most notable chefs, cocktails from local distilleries, and beer from local breweries, in addition to musical entertainment, and a VIP section. General admission is $100, and VIP tickets are $135.

Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest sponsors include Nicholas & Co. and Salt Lake County. Various sponsorship opportunities are still available. Interested parties are welcome to contact Michele Corigliano at Michele@slara.org or 801.558.8977. Sponsors will receive complimentary tickets for an exclusive VIP cocktail area located within the Meet Your Maker event.

“The event is designed to celebrate what is bountiful in Utah like heritage breed pork, local lamb, seasonal vegetables, and trout,” says Scott Evans, Founder of Pago Restaurant Group and mastermind of the Meet Your Maker event. “We are pairing each of those products with two chefs who will cook everything over a live fire. It will be a big party outside on Regent Street to celebrate where we live and what we are proud of when it comes to culinary greatness and producing fine beer and spirits.”

The Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest is the annual fundraiser for SLARA, which advocates for and promotes the local food and beverage industry.

The following is a sampling of events that will be held during the Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest. A full listing of events and details, pricing, and purchase of certificates for admission to events is available at: www.saltlakefoodandwinefest.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

  • Five Course International Dinner with Wine Pairing prepared by James Beard-nominated Chef Ed Heath and Conversation with Former Republican Utah State Senator Steve Urquhart at Martine
  • Dinner with Local Wine Pairing at Table X (two seatings)

Wednesday, Sept. 12

  • Japanese Whiskey Tasting at Post Office Place
  • Beer Tasting/Education at Purgatory
  • Tea & Cheese Tasting at Tea Zaanti
  • Classics of Food & Wine Pairing at Cliff Dining Pub

Thursday, Sept. 13

  • Tiki Takeover Rum Tasting/Education at Water Witch
  • Cocktail Takeover with Beehive Distilling at Tin Angel
  • Wine Dinner at Provisions

Friday, Sept. 14

  • Natural Wine Dinner (5 courses, 5 wines) at Pago
  • Paranormal Night at Dented Brick Distillery

Saturday, Sept. 15

  • Meet Your Maker on Regent Street
  • Brunch & Bubbles Cooking Class at Park City Culinary Institute

Sunday, Sept. 16

  • Shades of Pale Tap Takeover at Bucket of Crawfish
  • Olive Oil Education & Wine Pairing at We Olive
  • Beer School Brunch at Proper Brewing

Inaugural Salt Lake Food and Wine Fest

 

SLARA PRESENTS INAUGURAL SALT LAKE FOOD & WINE FEST
A Series of Ticketed Events Celebrate Salt Lake’s Food, Wine & Spirits Scene, July 7-13

The Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association (SLARA) presents the first-ever Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest to showcase the emerging gastro capital’s dynamic culinary offerings. Advance certificates are now available for a menu of themed events that encourage participants to discover and indulge in the food, wine and spirits that have become a prevalent aspect of Salt Lake’s vibrant culture. In addition to individual events and educational seminars taking place from July 7 to 13, participating restaurants will feature special offerings and menus all week long. The festivities officially kick of with SLARA’s Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest joining forces with Eat Drink Salt Lake to promote the best food and wine experiences Salt Lake has to offer on July 6 at Tracy Aviary.

“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.”

The following events will be held during the Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest. Complete details, pricing, and online purchase of gift certificates that provide entry to events at: www.slfoodandwinefest.com

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.

Saturday, July 8
Bubbles & Lunch
Location: Encore Bistro at Eccles Theater
Three course lunch and sparkling wine will be served at this new, downtown bistro. Music by DJ Christopher Gawel.
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 8
Meet Your Maker – Sponsored by Alpine Distilling, Beehive Distilling, Dented Brick Distillery, Mountain West Cider, Sugarhouse Distillery, and Waterpocket Distillery
Get schooled in the art of producing spirits and mixology from Utah’s local, craft distilleries. Music by DJ Christopher Gawel
Location: Park City Culinary Institute, Salt Lake City Campus
Time: 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 9
Wine Education Dinner and “Meet the Maker” led by Melinda Kearney of Lorenza
Location: East Liberty Tap House
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Reservations not required

Monday, July 10
Progressive Food & Spirits Walk
Walk, dine, and sip specialty cocktails by local distilleries Alpine, Beehive, and Dented Brick. Music by DJ Gawel
Location: 15th & 15th neighborhood at Mazza, Trestle Tavern, and Caputo’s.
Time: Three start times at 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 11
Progressive Food & Wine Walk
Walk and enjoy food and drink pairings at three participating restaurants.
Location: Stanza, Current, and Gourmandise
Time: Three start times at 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Individual Restaurant Events, July 7 to 13 – visit www.slfoodandwinefest.com for complete list.

Check website daily – more pop-up events to be added.

Media interested in previewing the Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest or covering specific events may contact Hilary Reiter at Redhead Marketing & PR, 435.901.2071 | Hilary@redheadmarketingpr.com

 

 

 

 

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