Okay, it’s summertime (finally) and that means it’s time for Utahns to spend as much time outside eating and drinking as we possibly can. Because summertime sipping and noshing doesn’t last that long. (Especially this year. Savor the Summit just happened and people needed their puffy coats. In June.) Every restaurant that possibly can is cramming an al fresco space next to a sidewalk and there are more opportunities for eating and drinking outside than you could fit into a three-meal-a-day schedule. Check out these three stellar Summer Food and Drink Events see all of our food and drink coverage here.

Eat Drink SLC, Tracy Aviary

July 10 —  Eat Drink SLC Tickets are going fast for this one! Nibble, nosh, sip and swirl the evening away while listening to live music and watching the birds on Tracy Aviary’s cool, green grounds. Festival-goers, aged 21 and over, will sample seasonal fare from many of Salt Lake’s leading restaurants and purveyors; sip from a selection of 80 wines from an international assortment of family-owned wineries; taste craft cocktails from small-batch distilleries, including several which are locally owned and operated; and enjoy local beers from award-winning Utah craft brewers. This year, there will be several new festival zones, each with a distinct culinary mix and entertainment feature.

Payson Salmon Supper, Payson Town Square

Summer Food and Drink Events

August 2 — The Payson Salmon Supper a decades-old event that still seems as fresh as the fish they fly in from Alaska. Side dishes served by cheerleaders, fish cooked by firefighters, long picnic tables set up in the dappled shade of the Payson town square—the whole thing is pure idyllic Americana, straight out of The Music Man and if you haven’t been, you need to go.

The Food Truck Face Off, Liberty Park

Summer Food and Drink Events

Aug. 3The Food Truck Face off at Liberty Park gives you a chance to sample and compare fare from Salt Lake’s mobile finest. More than 30 food trucks will gather to compete and your $4 entry ticket (purchased online; $6 at the event) goes to benefit four of Utah’s charities: 4th Street Clinic, YWCA, Volunteers of America and Utah Community Action.

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