‘How To’ Get the Most out of a Food and Wine Festival
So, you’ve decided to take on a food and wine festival this year. Cheers to you! Now all you need are a few festival tips that’ll save you time, money, and will have you imbibing like the professionals in no time.
- Find out if your “all inclusive festival pass” is really all inclusive. Many passes are just meant for admission into the festival for its duration of days, not the food and wine tents. Often times, there is an extra cost of purchasing the food and wine you’d like to try onsite. (But good news if you’re attending either the Park City Food and Wine Classic or the Steamboat Wine Festival! All ticket prices include food and wine sampling).
- Bring extra cash not only for food and wine purchases, but it is customary to tip the servers. Additionally, you’ll need it for any desirable souvenir purchases.
- Make a plan. Get an idea of the festival layout and line-up of vendors that are of interest. Given there are usually many food and wine vendors to choose from, it may serve you well to narrow down a list of your favorite winemakers and executive chef’s you’d like to visit.
- Upon decision, work your vendor choices counter clockwise. This will help you avoid overcrowding in the tents and keeps you away from hungry festival goers.
- Remember to pace your consumption as you peruse the festival. Take your time, and enjoy all that the festival has to offer. “Savor” the food, the wine, entertainment, and most importantly, the great company.
Knowing ‘how to go ‘makes the ‘where to go’ easy. If you will be in the Steamboat Springs, Colorado area on August 7-11th, visit steamboatwinefestival.com/ to plan your next culinary adventure. Cheers!