Day two of the Park City Food and Wine Classic delivered big on its offering of wines, spirits and nibblies, starting with Ryes and Shine, a sure fire winner among the early bird beverage hounds. (Hosted at the High West Distillery, the event was perfect for those who prefer whiskey or vodka in lieu of the standard morning joe.)
A slew of activities followed, from the Mud, Sweat and Cheers bike event to a sushi and sake tasting, leading up to the main event, the Stroll of Park City Grand Tasting. Spirits, fueled by, well, spirits, were high as the stroll kicked off, with festival goers diving into handcrafted beers from Epic Brewing Company, Mark West Appellation Series Pinot Noir and a sampling of cacciatore and finocchiona from Columbus Salame at J Go Gallery. Other highlights along the way included Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris paired with a second glass, this time a pinot blanc, poured by assistant winemaker Mike Eldred.
But, one of the biggest highlights of the stroll (in addition to the vino, of course) had to be the colorful fashion sported by Margarita Bergen, a New Orleans-based wine lover, who made her first trip to the Park City festival this year. Her cork and grape hat and crystal vineyard-inspired brooch drew lots of smiles and praise. "I like to bring a little something," she said, noting her purple dress was an ode to grapes, while her pink Saturday outfit will honor the rosa. As for the hat? "Joseph Swan is one of my favorite red wines," she said, pointing out one cork glued to her embellished hat. "I also love Veuve Clicquot and Cristal, so I may add those."
If you missed the early events, and Ms. Bergen's hat, fear not. Some tickets for Saturday's line-up, including the popular Toast of Park City Grand Tasting at the Forum at Canyons Resort, are still available online and at the door. For more info, click here.