Montrose Wine and Food Festival May 10-11
MONTROSE – Back for its 10th year of tantalizing taste buds while supporting children’s charities in the region, the Montrose Wine and Food Festival is coming to the Montrose Pavilion on May 10 and 11 for two days of wine, food, beer, music and fun.
This year’s festivities kick off on Friday, May 10, with a disco at the Montrose Pavilion featuring the sounds of DJ Poem, from 10 p.m. to midnight. After a night of dancing, the food and drink portion of the festival gets underway Saturday, beginning with a beer seminar at noon, followed by the Grand Tasting, at 2 p.m.
While the Montrose Wine and Food Festival has been known to offer mainly wine seminars in the past, beer plays a prominent role this year. The beer seminar is titled: “Spiegelau – Does the Glass Make a Difference?”
For beer connoisseurs, this seminar will offer firsthand information on how color, aroma, temperature and effervescence are enhanced with a specially designed Spiegelau glass. Besides beer knowledge, the $30 seminar will also provide participants with a four-piece Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur glass set to take home.
“Beer is such a big thing here, with our new breweries in town. This fits in perfectly with the festival,” Wine and Food Festival Board Member Weesa Hild says. “The seminar is a really good deal. Those glasses alone cost $40 a box. Here, you get a beer tasting and glasses for $30. It’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun.”
Once again the festival’s grand tasting will be held in the intimate setting of the Montrose Pavilion lawn. It will feature wine and beer from a host of Colorado wineries and regional breweries, including two specially-brewed beers from 2 Rascals Brewing Co. and the Horsefly Brewing Co., both based in Montrose.
The festival will also offer a smorgasbord of local restaurants, including Guru’s, Great Harvest Bread Co., Sushitini, the Stone House, Red Barn, Applebee’s, Panda Palace, Remington’s, El Jimador, Fiesta Guadalajara, and 99 Thai.
This year’s grand tasting will also feature the music of Zolopht and the Destroyers, and a silent auction as well. Tickets for the grand tasting are $50.
“This is a great way to get out and see and support your community,” Hild says. “I really love hanging out and being able to see people you haven’t seen in awhile. It’s the perfect time to do this.”
Proceeds from this year’s festival will go to support the Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club, as well as the Court Appointed Special Advocates of the 7th Judicial District.
Since the festival got its start in 2004, it has raised nearly $450,000 to support local community organizations.
“This is a big money maker for both of these charities and they depend on this fundraiser,” Hild says.
Tickets for the disco, beer seminar and grand tasting are available at the Montrose Pavilion or online at montrosewinefestival.com/. Limited seating is available for the beer seminar.