I'm not built for 300 bottles of wine. But if I must make an effort, so be it. It's been nine whole years since the first Park City Food and Wine Classic debuted on Main Street and the support its gotten is impressive. It started as a down-home, locally organized shindig to drum up some numbers for Park City pre-August but the event has earned the respect of more established wine events. Filled with an unusual collection of seminars and tastings like the SUP and Suds (standup paddleboarding and drinking), Hike and Hops, Wine and Whiskey Walk, Farm to Barn and Zinful Day of Single Track, the Classic did an effective job of melding what Park City's known for (outdoor adventure) with what most people don't expect (drinking alcohol).
I barely scratched the surface of the vineyards decorating Main Street for the Stroll of Park City. I was the rare bird, bee-lining for the food before the wine. After just my first three mini glasses things were starting to taste alike. It would be more of a wobble than a stroll without food in my system.
The ticket prices were hefty ($65-90) and because I preferred food to wine, I had to move quickly. I picked up my pass at the Kimball Art Center, busted over to Zoom, where I enjoyed the Irony red and the mushroom puffs, then decked the deck at Butchers Chophouse sipping a fruity Bacardi mixture along with my wine tastings. At High West distillery, I popped a fried popper and dragged on a whiskey lemonade and Pinot Noir, etc. The "epicurean extravaganza" was definitely more of an oenophile extravaganza with at least three wine stations at each of the nine restaurant stops. By the time I made it to upper Main Street, 350 Main and Gallery MAR had run out of food and more than a few guests were complaining. Personally, I had filled up on bacon-wrapped steak at Butcher's Chophouse, chips at The Mustang, melon gazpacho at Riverhorse and - my favorite - beef panang curry from Bangkok Thai.
Chicken skewers at Zoom.
The three-day event brought in master winemakers, culinary greats and distinguished guests from Baltimore to San Diego; giving them an excuse to vacation in Park City in July.
Merrell sponsored the Classic and before you scratch your head about it, think. Do you really want to walk up and down Main Street in heels? This event is made for casual comfort on your feet.
Visit www.parkcityfoodandwineclassic to find out about next year’s event.