Taste Of The Wasatch 2017

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Taste Of The Wasatch - plate of food from 2016
Taste Of The Wasatch – plate of food from 2016

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.

Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Riverhorse On Main cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Riverhorse On Main cuisine

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.

Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Fire And Slice Pizza
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Fire And Slice Pizza

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:

Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - HSL
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – HSL
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - HSL cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – HSL cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Wasatch Brew Pub carnitas a cooking
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Wasatch Brew Pub carnitas a cooking
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Red Iguana
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Red Iguana
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Solitude Mountain Resort
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Solitude Mountain Resort
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Solitude Mountain Resort cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Solitude Mountain Resort cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Riverhorse On Main
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Riverhorse On Main
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Taqueria 27
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Taqueria 27
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Taqueria 27 cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Taqueria 27 cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Proper Co tartlets
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Proper Co tartlets
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Aerie with devilled eggs
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Aerie with devilled eggs
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Grand America with steamed buns
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Grand America with steamed

[caption id="attachment_13099" align="alignleft" width="1024"]Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Le Croissant Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Le Croissant

Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Sages's Cafe and vegan cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Sages’s Cafe and vegan cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Beehive Cheese
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Beehive Cheese
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Chef Phelix Gardner
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Chef Phelix Gardner
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Stanza cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Stanza cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Tuscany
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Tuscany
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Chef plating
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Chef plating
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Frida Bistro
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Frida Bistro
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Chef Zane Holmquist grilling ribs
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Chef Zane Holmquist grilling ribs
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - A mix of meat
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – A mix of meat
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Frida Bistro
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Frida Bistro
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Whiskey Street
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Whiskey Street
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Whiskey Street spare ribs
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Whiskey Street spare ribs
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Chaia Cucina cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Chaia Cucina cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Random sampling
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Random sampling
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Pallet
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Pallet
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Pallet cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Pallet cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Dessert tent and chefs aplenty
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Dessert tent and chefs aplenty
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Dessert is served
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Dessert is served

Over 10,000 pieces of dessert we’re served in 2016…

Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Dessert is served, again
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Dessert is served, again
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Dessert is served, again, and again
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Dessert is served, again, and again
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Dessert is served, again, and again, and again
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Dessert is served, again, and again, and again
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Dessert is served, you get the idea...
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Dessert is served, you get the idea…
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - A mix of dessert items
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – A mix of dessert items
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - VIP tent
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – VIP tent
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - General admission wine tent
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – General admission wine tent

Participating at this years event so far, take a breath now…

Restaurants

Aerie Restaurant at Snowbird
Avenues Proper / Proper Brewing Co.
Beehive Cheese Co.
Beltex Meats
Blue Boar Inn
Cena Ristorante
Chabaar Beyond Thai*
Chaia Cucina Catering
Chedda Burger*
Copper Kitchen
Deer Valley Resort
Even Stevens Sandwiches*
Fire and Slice Wood Fire Pizza
Fireside on Regent*
Franck’s
Garden Café
Glitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge
GR Kitchen*
Harbor Seafood and Steak Co.
La Caille
Lake Effect
Les Madeleines
Martine
Meditrina
Mountain Town Olive Oil
Porch
Pallet
Provisions
Red Iguana
Riverhorse On Main
Saffron Valley *
Sage’s Café / Vertical Diner
Solitude Mountain Resort
Stoneground Kitchen & Garage on Beck
The Blended Table*
Tin Angel
Tuscany
Wasatch Brew Pub
Whiskey Street Cocktails and Dining

Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 - Stoneground cuisine
Taste Of The Wasatch 2016 – Stoneground cuisine

Dessert

Christina’s Cakes
Red Butte Café
Stein Eriksen Lodge
Pago & Finca
Deer Valley
Polly’s Petals & Pastries
Pallet

Beer

Squatters/Wasatch
Uinta Brewing
Desert Edge
Moab Brewery
Mountain West Cider
Bonneville Brewery

Wine

Youngs Market
Southern Wine & Spirits

Other

Caffe Ibis Coffee
Smartwater
*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.

Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you!  I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune.  I’ve worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.

I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for more than a decade.   I’m largely fueled by Uinta Cutthroat, alliteration and the use of too many big words I don’t understand.  I ate all the pies.

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