Roll up your sleeves folks, or should I say, put yer eatin’ pants on; because come August 6th, Taste Of The Wasatch is back for 2017. Arguably the highlight of the Summer food festival scene – the event is a blitz of gourmet food and beverages like no other.
More than 50 restaurants head to the beautifully picturesque Solitude Mountain Resort and put their best food forward with a range of stunning dishes (scroll down for pics from last year). An assortment of boutique wineries and craft brewers pitch up alongside them, and from there it’s an afternoon of sipping and sampling in the sun.
Chefs typically pull out all the stops for the showcase event – indeed I’m sure there’s more than a little friendly competitiveness that goes on, which means the food just gets better and better each year. Take for example this quintet of dishes I picked randomly from the full menu at this years event:
* Smoked organic chicken liver mousse, rhubarb compote, farm basil, pistachio, toast
* Spicy chilled roasted Mirasol pepper bisque with goat yogurt and crispy shallot
* Caramelized Utah Peach and Vadouvan emulsion, toasted quinoa, slow roasted eggplant, pickled shallot, Thai basil
* Dungeness crab tacos with celery root tortilla’s, grilled Utah peaches, yuzu pickled cucumbers
* Hamachi with pressed melon salad, local greens and chile verde vinaigrette
The rest of the menu makes for equally delicious reading. Our sister site The Utah Review has the exclusive scoop on the full menu – they’ll be posting the whole shebang shortly. Until then, I’m sworn to secrecy under pain of death a well done steak. Suffices to say, its stellar from start to finish, with a few surprises planned on the day of the event too.
As ever, proceeds from the event directly benefit Utahns Against Hunger and 3 Squares Inc. Both organizations work in different ways to tackle the fact that 1 in 5 households in Utah are hungry; a figure that’s hard to stomach in this day and age. By attending the event, and maybe also participating in the silent auction (I’m told this years food and beverage prizes are the best to date) you’ll be able to make a direct and meaningful difference to those efforts.
Tickets are priced $105 for general admission and $150 for VIP access. VIPs get access to the event an hour early starting at 11 a.m., reserved covered seating in the main tent and access to a selection of premium wines. And remember, proceeds go to a fantastic cause, so go ahead and splurge. Go buy some now!
To get your tastebuds (and wallets) all a tingle, here are some shots from the event in 2016. Scroll to the bottom of the post for a full list of this years restaurants and also pictures from previous years too:
Over 10,000 pieces of dessert we’re served in 2016…
Participating at this years event so far, take a breath now…
Aerie Restaurant at Snowbird
Avenues Proper / Proper Brewing Co.
Beehive Cheese Co.
Blue Boar Inn
Chabaar Beyond Thai*
Chaia Cucina Catering
Deer Valley Resort
Even Stevens Sandwiches*
Fire and Slice Wood Fire Pizza
Fireside on Regent*
Glitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge
Harbor Seafood and Steak Co.
Mountain Town Olive Oil
Riverhorse On Main
Saffron Valley *
Sage’s Café / Vertical Diner
Solitude Mountain Resort
Stoneground Kitchen & Garage on Beck
The Blended Table*
Wasatch Brew Pub
Whiskey Street Cocktails and Dining
Red Butte Café
Stein Eriksen Lodge
Pago & Finca
Polly’s Petals & Pastries
Mountain West Cider
Southern Wine & Spirits
Caffe Ibis Coffee
*new this year
Silent auction items preview
* Autographed footballs from Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs and Eli Manning of the New York Giants, among others
* Sushi-making class (includes local hand-made glass plates)
* Ski with Deer Valley Ski Patrol
* Visit Depoe Bay, Oregon, for 4 nights, including $100 for whale watching and airline tickets
* Love Your Dog baskets with toys, treats, walks, vet visits and more
* Be a Wine Collector bidding on a bottle worth $750
* Join the “Wine Grab” opportunity for $30 for a chance to win a bottle worth $450, $250, $125
…and much more.
This event is 21+ only and all guests must present a photo ID and printed ticket, with no exceptions. Event is August 6th, noon till 4 p.m. with VIP access on hour early. General admission ticket purchasers are encouraged to bring their own shade tents, pop-ups and lawn chairs. No shade or chairs are provided by event/producers for GA.
Buy tickets now: https://tasteofthewasatch.org/attend-the-event
Still not convinced? Surely not! But if so, check out even more snaps of the fun and food from previous years:
Shots from 2015: https://www.gastronomicslc.com/2016/07/06/taste-wasatch-2016/
Shots from 2014: https://www.gastronomicslc.com/2015/07/07/events-taste-of-the-wasatch-2015/
Shots from 2013: https://www.gastronomicslc.com/2014/07/23/taste-wasatch-2014/
Disclaimer: Gastronomic SLC is an invited media guest of this event, but I’d still give me left toe for a ticket regardless.
Founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review. Former restaurant critic at the Salt Lake Tribune. Stuart is largely fueled by Uinta Cutthroat, alliteration and the use of too many big words he doesn’t understand. Ate all the pies.