Wine and Dine Mountainside
From rich merlots to buttery chardonnays and tasty bites to boot, Crested Butte’s Wine & Food Festival has got you covered
Photos by Nathan Bilow
Elevate the senses and embrace your inner oenophile at the decade-old Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival. The elevating wine-tasting experience is making its annual summer return, and is set to serve world-class wine sipping and food pairings at 8,885-feet up with plenty of classic Colorado activities on-hand (read: hiking, mountain biking and exploring local art galleries).
Wine-enthusiasts can expect to swirl, sniff and sip wine throughout the long weekend at the fest, all while supporting the Center for the Arts in Crested Butte. With the theme of “Eat. Drink. Give.” each ticket from the festival will benefit the Center's year-round programming in the performing, visual, literary and culinary arts in the Center's new state-of-the-art facility.
Afternoon on Elk: Colorado Creative District Wine Walk
Thursday, July 25. 4:00 p.m.
Snack and sip up and down the town’s epicenter, Elk Avenue, with wineries popping-up shop for this self-guided tour mid-afternoon on July 25. The local galleries and boutiques will be transformed into tasting rooms for attendees to maneuver through as they please. Galleries from Crested Butte Fine Art Gallery to RAModern will open their doors to present the samplings of wineries like Buckel Family Wine, Black Arts Cellars and Sutcliffe Vineyards. Meet at the Center to grab a map and start imbibing.
Friday, July 26. 2:00 p.m.
A brand new installation this year, the Reserve Tasting will have only the most premium wines and spirits on hand for a top-tier drinking experience paired with bites from local restaurants hosted at the new Center building on the afternoon of July 26.
The Grand Tasting
Saturday, July 27. VIP - 2:00 p.m.
General Admission - 3:00 p.m.
Grab a stemmed glass to savor the abundance of wines, cocktails and beers the fest has to offer. With over 500 choices of drinks to choose from, biergartens, mixologists, and seminars from sommeliers, this main event is surely not one to be missed. Added bonuses: art installations are available for the public to walk through, as well as live music, a wine auction and a vintage-Volkswagen van turned photo booth to snap pictures in.
Only a limited number of tickets are available for this exclusive pass– and rightfully so with all of the vino tasting activities bundled into one. This pass allows ticket holders to attend any of the fest’s happening over the course of the long weekend. Not only does this supply the widest range of boozy samplings (wine, beer and spirits galore), but also includes two seminars to build knowledge on wines and the businesses behind them.
Afternoon on Elk: Colorado Creative District Wine Walk (Thursday, July 25), Reserve Tasting (Friday, July 26), and Grand Tasting (Saturday, July 27) are all included in the Tasting Pass.
For tickets and more information, visit www.cbwineandfood.com.