Oenophiles attending this year’s Park City Food & Wine Classic (July 9−13, parkcityfoodandwineclassic.com) will not only get to swirl, sip, taste, listen, and learn, but also hike, pedal, horseback ride, paint, or even balance on a stand-up paddleboard. The event’s Outdoor Lifestyle Seminars feature very Park City pairings to complement featured wines, whiskeys, and brews. “Food-and-drink classroom education is becoming less popular,” says Katie Schultze, festival director. “Our patrons prefer learning in outdoor settings. We started with a few hike/bike seminars a few years ago, and they were so well received, we knew we were on to something. To host this event in Park City with its world-class recreational opportunities, it would be silly not to arrange outdoor events.”
“Hike & Hops” offers a guided nature hike starting from Montage Deer Valley, followed by a Stella Artois sampling and BBQ lunch. “Zinful Day of Singletracks” features wine tasting and mountain biking with the Michael David Winery staff and St. Regis executive chef. “The Walk of Wine & Whiskey” boasts a hike with Robert Craig Winery, finishing with lunch and spirits at High West Distillery. And the “Hair of the Dog” seminar to end the event on Sunday shouldn’t be missed.
“It’s a unique opportunity to have local restaurateurs who also happen to be avid athletes and knowledgeable tour guides show off the area,” says Schultze. “Festival guests have the chance to recreate along the trail with a chef who is also a great mountain biker and pick his brain about the gastronomic life along the way.”
The festival’s Outdoor Lifestyle Seminars are limited to groups of about 25 each, last about 90 minutes, and sell out quickly, so be sure to register in advance. Cheers!