It’s not hard to get excited about food. And wine. Maybe that’s why one of Park City’s newest fests draws the eager and hungry from all over the world during a time when things just start to get interesting around the historic mining town. The July 9-13 Park City Food and Wine Classic features vintners who share their thoughts and spirit(s) with hundreds of folks with a passion for the outdoors and the mountains. With seminars like Hike and Hops, Gallop and Grill, Cast and Cabs, the Fest invites us to do what we love while learning what it pairs well with. I keep wanting to do the SUP and Suds but that one sells out almost as soon as tickets go on sale. -5

I painted my own bottle when the Paint Mixer in PC hosted an extra special seminar. Hurry or you too will be left sitting on the curb outside the State Liquor Store. The tickets-ranging in price from $55-$175- are selling out- at least the ones for the more (really cool) adventurous events.

At least take in the Stroll of Park City ($90) if you can’t get into anything else. You’ll walk the stretch of Main Street with what essentially amounts to a scorecard; sipping wine and scarfing down mouthwatering apps for three hours straight. Each “Stroll stop” offers its own variety of wines and food bites so that you get to know the locals.

2014 Stroll Stops include Wasatch Brew Pub, Bangkok Thai, Miner’s Park, Silver, Riverhorse on Main, Sky Lodge, Kimball Art Center (deck), High West Distillery & Saloon, Town Lift Plaza, Mustang, Zoom, Butcher’s Chop House & Bar, Buona Vita, Rock & Reilly’s and more.

FYI- It’ll be sunny and warm so wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes.