Events: Eat Drink SLC 2018

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Eat Drink SLC - HSL summer fruit in 2016
Eat Drink SLC – HSL summer fruit dish in 2016

Scribble July 12th into your calendar right now – that’s the date for the return of the ever popular Eat Drink SLC event; now into it’s fourth year and getting bigger and better as it ages. The mega-sized garden party is a sell out spectacle each and every year – and this years will no doubt sell out earlier than ever too.

If you’ve never been, the name is pretty self explanatory on what to expect. But just to be clear, here’s the breakdown from the official website:

EAT | Celebrate Salt Lake’s coming of age as a culinary hotspot by sampling the best in seasonal fare from many of our finest restaurants and food purveyors.

DRINK | Sip wines from an international selection of boutique wineries. Taste craft cocktails from small batch distillers. Enjoy local beer from award-winning Utah craft brewers.

SLC | All proceeds benefit local non-profits that enhance our community and our lives. Eat Drink has raised over $45,000 for worthy causes such as Comunidades Unidas, Race Swami, Tracy Aviary, and SB Dance. Our 2018 community partner is Neighborhood House.

Held on the grounds of Tracy Aviary (6.30-9.30 p.m.) this year you’ll find the following local businesses offering samples:

3 Cups
Amour Café
Avenues Proper
Bambara
Beehive Cheese
Beltex Meats
Caffe Niche
Copper Kitchen
Copper Onion
Cucina
Eva’s
Fire And Slice
Frida Bistro
La Barba Coffee
Lake Effect
Manoli’s
Normal Ice Cream
Pallet
Park City Culinary Institute
Provisions
Red Rock Brewery
Stanza
Stoneground
Takashi
The Blended Table
The Dispensary
The Garage Grill
Tracy Aviary Bird Feeder
Trio
Vive Juicery
White Horse Spirits & Kitchen
Zest

Moreover, the number of Wineries, distilleries and breweries are too numerous to list here – check out the full list on the Eat Drink SLC site direct. Your ticket price includes a commemorative wine glass, which you simply take to any of the participating drink stalls – they’ll give you a small tasting pour. From my own experience, here are a few tips:

* Expect heat. Lots of heat. The event is mid July and historically temperatures are busting the mercury – dress and plan accordingly; bring hats, bring sun screen, wear comfy shoes, plan to encounter wildlife.

* EDSLC is setup as one big loop around the grounds of Tracy Aviary. Vendors are grouped into three main areas around that loop, and crowds can often congregate at each of the tasting areas. As you go through the entrance and get your tasting glass, the event naturally directs you to head left, and that’s where the thronging crowds head. If you want a quieter/calmer experience, there’s nothing stopping you turning right and hitting up businesses in reverse order. I’ve not tried this myself yet, but every time I go, I plan to do this next time around. The caveat here is that by the time you get back to the start, some vendors might have sold out.

* Which isn’t a huge deal. The selection of food at EDSLC is quite large. Caveat emptor and all that – each year is different of course – but I’ve always found lots of diverse items, ice cream to slices of pizza to small gourmet nibbles.

Tickets are priced $90 (plus booking fee) and can be purchased online at:
https://www.eatdrinkslc.com/checkout/232/eat-drink-slc/1198/eat-drink-slc#buy-tickets

Still on the fence? Here are a few shots from previous years to give you a feel for what to expect:

Eat Drink SLC - Frida Bistro plate
Eat Drink SLC – Frida Bistro plate
Eat Drink SLC - Beltex Meats prepping devilled eggs in 2016
Eat Drink SLC – Beltex Meats prepping devilled eggs in 2016
Eat Drink SLC - Beltex Meats in 2016
Eat Drink SLC – Beltex Meats in 2016
Eat Drink SLC - Provisions in 2016
Eat Drink SLC – Tyler Stokes of Provisions in 2016
Eat Drink SLC - Provisions roll in 2016
Eat Drink SLC – Provisions roll in 2016
Eat Drink SLC - Fire And Slice Pizza in 2016
Eat Drink SLC – Fire And Slice Pizza in 2016
Eat Drink SLC - Proper Brewing Co in 2016
Eat Drink SLC – Proper Brewing Co in 2016
eat drink slc mo segrave daly copper common 2015
Eat Drink SLC: Mo Segrave-Daly of Copper Common in 2015
eat drink slc frida bistro tacos 2015
Eat Drink SLC: Frida Bistro tacos in 2015
eat drink slc scott gardner and medley brothers for naked fish 2015
Eat Drink SLC: Scott Gardner and Medley Brothers
Eat Drink SLC - food in 2016
Eat Drink SLC – food in 2016
Eat Drink SLC - Frida Bistro plate
Eat Drink SLC – Frida Bistro plate
Eat Drink SLC 2016 - Pallet
Eat Drink SLC 2016 – Pallet
Eat Drink SLC - wildlife
Eat Drink SLC – wildlife
Eat Drink SLC - Tracey Aviary staff and residents
Eat Drink SLC – Tracey Aviary staff and residents
Eat Drink SLC - Cafe Trio food in 2016
Eat Drink SLC – Cafe Trio food in 2016
Eat Drink SLC - Pallet in 2016
Eat Drink SLC – Pallet in 2016
eat drink slc finca 2015
Eat Drink SLC: Finca in 2015
eat drink slc tracy aviary grounds 3 2015
Eat Drink SLC: tracy aviary grounds
eat drink slc pork belly 2015
Eat Drink SLC: Provision’s pork belly
Eat Drink SLC - 2016 crowds with sun setting
Eat Drink SLC – 2016 crowds with sun setting
Eat Drink SLC - HSL and Briar Handly in 2016
Eat Drink SLC – HSL and Briar Handly in 2016
Eat Drink SLC - Cafe Trio in 2016
Eat Drink SLC – Cafe Trio in 2016
Eat Drink SLC - 2016 crowds
Eat Drink SLC – 2016 crowds
eat drink slc forage 2015
Eat Drink SLC: Forage in 2015
Eat Drink SLC - Coppper Onion pouring High West in 2016
Eat Drink SLC – Coppper Onion pouring High West in 2016

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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