Denver is knee-deep in food-and-drink events this Memorial Day weekend, what with the two-day South Gaylord Street Festival, EatDenver's Big Eat on Sunday and the Full Moon Street Carnival on Friday -- and there's plenty of culinary action in the altitude-high town of Vail this weekend, too. FEAST! Vail -- a first time event -- kicks off tomorrow in Vail Village with four jam-packed days of small plate tastings, cooking demonstrations, craft beer and wine seminars, gastronomic boot camps, happy hours and bowling, fancy wine dinners, a fly fishing and food excursion, and lots of cocktail carousing, brunching and sugar highs.
See also: - Win two free tickets to EatDenver's Big Eat bash on Sunday - Win the chance to eat and drink for free at Friday's Full Moon Street Carnival - Edge is collaborating with its sister restaurant for a special wine dinner tonight
"Memorial Day is a great weekend in Vail, so we created a fun and lively event that focused on culinary things - food, beer, cocktails and wine - that would generate interest from the Front Range, as well as Vail Valley locals, says James Deighan, event organizer and founder of Highline Sports and Entertainment, a company that produces local and large-scale events around the world.
Fourteen big-name chefs from Vail, Grand Junction and Denver are taking part in the festivities: Paul Anders (Sweet Basil, Vail); Frank Bonanno (Bonanno Concepts); Brian Brouillard (Mountain Standard, Vail); Mark Dinh (Matsuhisa, Vail); Troy Guard (TAG); Kelly Liken (Restaurant Kelly Liken, Vail); Jay McCarthy (Vail chophouse and Blue Moose Pizza, Vail); Marty Odom (Big Bear Bistro, Vail); Jeff Osaka (twelve); Theo Otte (626 on Rood, Grand Junction); Bernie Oswald (Sonnenalp Hotel, Vail); Oliver Philpott (La Tour, Vail); Julian Smith (Bol, Vail); and Elise Wiggins (Panzano).
"It's a showcase of world-class restaurants and chefs from Vail, Grand Junction and Denver, and unlike a lot of other culinary events where you just see chefs cooking for you, this event really gives people an opportunity to be one-on one with all the chefs, whether it's at brunch, bowling, scooting up a climbing wall, fly fishing or hiking -- it's a celebration of the Colorado mountain culinary lifestyle with some of the best chefs in the state," says Deighan.
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