Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival

Crested Butte's famous Wine & Food Festival

THE CRESTED BUTTE WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL returns this summer with the Center for the Arts! The festival strives to enlighten and educate wine and foodie experts and novices with a variety of wine seminars, elevated dining events, and food pairings throughout the weekend of July 10–13.  The signature event for the festival in the summer is the Grand Tasting with over 500 select wines from 25 wineries and distributors. From exploring roses with Master Sommelier Damon Ornowski, to a Wine Hike and Gourmet Picnic Lunch with Sommelier Aaron Tomcak, there is a tasting for every palate. All seminars are spread throughout local restaurants with both visiting and local sommeliers and chefs lending their expertise and talent. 

All of the tasting isn’t just about the grape, however, as there are several fine dining
opportunities as well, such as the Celebrity Chef Tour, Winemaker and Farm to Table
Dinners, Dessert Extravaganza and Bursting with Bubbles Champagne Brunch. Many of
the tastings additionally have food pairings accompany them provided by the talented
roster of chefs from the Crested Butte area. 

More information about the festival can be found at or through the Center’s website at under the tables “Programs” then “CB Wine & Food Festival.” This festival is brought to you through a partnership with the Center for the Arts and Larimer Associates.



10:30 a.m. Seminar: A History of Malbec — One of the Five Bordeaux Grapes
at a Private Residence with Peter Maxwell of Maxwell’s Steakhouse, $40
12:00 p.m. Wine & Food Festival Kickoff Celebration at Maxwell’s Steakhouse, $10
1:30 p.m. Seminar: Mixology — Balancing Flavor & Aroma in Artisan Cocktails
at Montanya’s Distillery with owner / distiller Karen Hoskin, $40
3:30 p.m. Seminar: Roses — Man Enough to Drink Pink at Tracker’s Lounge 
with Master Sommelier Damon Ornowski and Shelley Sale, $40
6:00 p.m. Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner at Uley’s Cabin with Chef Kate Ladoulis 
(Django’s), Chef Troy Guard (TAG), Chef Lon Symensma (ChoLon) and 
Chef Eric Jaeger (CBMR), $250


9:00 a.m. VIP Breakfast at festival founder Jeff Hermanson’s home. Invitation only.
10:30 a.m. Seminar: Riedel Glassware — Taste the Difference! at The Wooden 
Nickel with Doug Riedel, $75
1:30 p.m. Seminar: Thin Skinned Red Wines at Marchitelli’s Gourmet Noodle 
with Master Sommelier Damon Ornowski, $40
3:30 p.m. Seminar: Wines from the Rhone Region of France at the Irwin Building
with Judy Byron (Grand Vin), $40
6:00 p.m. Winemaker Dinner at a private residence with Chef Jason Vernon (Soupçon),
Winemaker Joe Buckle (Sutcliffe Vineyards) and guest chefs, $250


10:00 a.m. Wine Hike & Gourmet Picnic Lunch with Sommelier Aaron Tomcak 
and Chef Ashley Odom (Feast & Merriment). Offered in partnership with 
the CB Wildflower Festival, $65
10:00 a.m. Seminar: Beyond Mary’s & Mimosa’s —An Exploration into a New 
Breakfast Cocktail with Liz Satterlee (East Side Bistro). At the CB Plein 
Air Invitational Patrons Tent, $40 
2:00 p.m. Grand Tasting at Big Mine Ice Arena with Crested Butte Music Festival
String Quartet, $80
5:30 p.m. Farm to Table Dinner at Soir at the Sunflower with Chef Kalon Wall. 
Private event open to Culinary Champion Sponsors. 
7:30 p.m. Dessert Extravaganza at a private residence with Chef Noah French 
(Sugarmill), $50


10:00 a.m. Bursting with Bubbles Brunch at Bonez with Chef David Wooding and 
Sommelier Aaron Tomcak, $80

Event Date: 
07/10/2014 (All day) to 07/13/2014 (All day)
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