Vail This Spring

Mud season or not, spring in Vail promises good food, music and fun

Spring is considered mud season in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and yes, there is mud, but there’s also a lot to do. Shoulder seasons, spring and fall, are some of the best times to travel in Colorado because it is less crowded and there are often specials on hotels and restaurants.

Just be aware that some restaurants in ski towns close for a couple of weeks in the spring, so call ahead to make sure your favorite spot is open.

Vail is one of my favorite spring towns because of Taste of Vail, it’s the best food event I attend in Colorado.

Taste of Vail

Photo by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

April 3 – 6, 2019

This food and wine extravaganza features four signature events including Debut of the Rosé, The American Lamb Cook-Off, Mountain Top Tasting and The Grand Reserve Tasting & Auction. If the weather is good, there’s nothing quite like the Mountain Top Tasting and if the weather is bad, there’s nothing quite like it either. This one-of-a-kind event takes place on the mountain and participants ski in or take the gondola to the picnic.

My favorite event, The American Lamb Cook-off, is Thursday afternoon and features some of the most fantastic lamb dishes in Colorado. The chefs go all out and take this cook-off competition very seriously. Winning this one means bragging rights for the year. The event, like all events at Taste of Vail, also includes a lot of amazing wine from around the world.

Photo by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

The Grand Reserve Tasting, however, is when the winemakers bring out their fanciest and priciest bottles. Plus, the restaurants in the Vail Valley go all out. The event is crowded but you’ll have sips and bites here that are simply out of this world.

Seminars occur throughout the week and this year’s offerings include a seminar on coffee, a glassware presentation, vertical pairings and more. These seminars are a chance to get up close and personal with fellow guests as well as vintners and others with incredible knowledge about food and wine. I’d encourage attendees to go to several of these seminars during the event.

Perhaps one of my favorite aspects of Taste of Vail is that it is laid back and inclusive. If you like food and wine, you are accepted.

Spring Back to Vail 

April 11-14, 2019

Vail’s annual spring festival features free concerts at Ford Park, parties, pond skimming and more. It’s a spectacular time to be in Vail. Enjoy in-town and on-mountain late-season specials as well. This year’s bands including Gov’t Mule, Steel Pulse, Xavier Rudd and Austin Rose.

Vail/Beaver Creek Restaurant Week

 May 26 – June 2, 2019

Restaurant Week is one of the best times to be in Vail and it is an event that locals look forward to with anticipation. The event features a wide variety of prix fixe menus and specials, all starting at $20.19.

Photo by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

Vail Valley has an incredible selection of culinary options and this gives locals and visitors the opportunity to try many different restaurants. Lodging specials exist during this event as well, so coming to Vail for restaurant week is a winning proposition. The only requirement is to come hungry.

Vail Music Festival

June 20 – August 4, 2019

The Bravo! Vail Music Festival starts on the last day of spring and runs through August 4. There will be more than 80 concerts this year at venues throughout the Vail Valley. It’s a celebration of music and innovation. Music-lovers should add one of these concerts to their visit to Vail this spring and summer.

Anne-Sophie Mutter & Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin start things off on the first weekend of the event, June 20 – 23, at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater.

Categories: The Heidi Guide