Telluride Festival of the Arts, 8/13 – 8/15 in the Mountain Village

Telluride Festival of the Arts, 8/13 – 8/15 in the Mountain Village

[click “Play” to hear Susan’s conversation with Tony Smith]

TFA2010Poster_v8 It is the ultimate pairing. The Telluride Festival of the Arts is an annual weekend-long celebration of both the visual and culinary arts. The unique event, produced by the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and sponsored by The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, welcomes over 5,000 locals and visitors to the Mountain Village Friday, August 13 –  Sunday, August 15.

TFAlogo_gold_nodate “Wine,” said famed New Yorker cartoonist Saul Steinberg “is the only thing that makes us happy as adults for no reason.”  The signature event of The Telluride Festival of the Arts is the Grand Tasting, a wine and food event offering a unique opportunity to taste regional and national culinary delights from 13 different culinary partners and breweries and over 100 wine and spirits distilleries. Among the offerings at the Grand Tasting are Rock Lobster Cakes from The Peaks Resort; BBQ Duck Crepes from Argentine Grill at the Rico Hotel; and Elk Carpaccio from the Onyx Restaurant and Suede Bar at Capella. Beverage options include 12 different Italian Proseccos, a SVEDKA vodka lemonade, a carbon-neutral wine from Rodney Strong Wine Estates or a local rum from Montanya Distillery, a small Colorado Artisan craft distiller of rum just 12 miles as the crow flies from Telluride.

The Grand Tasting takes place Saturday, August 14, 5:30 – 8 p.m. amid The Telluride Festival of the Arts 50 juried visual artists representing 13 media categories including ceramics, digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, graphics and printmaking, jewelry, metal-works, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.

Five food, wine and spirits seminars round out the robust weekend.

The “Art of Food & Wine Pairing Seminar” takes place Friday August 13, 1 – 2 p.m. and features Patrick Laguens, Executive Chef, The Peaks Resort and Spa.  Guests experience five flights of culinary creations paired with five wines from around the world.

At the “Made in Colorado – High Altitude Cocktail Seminar” Friday, August 13, 3 – 4 p.m., patrons learn how to make creative specialty cocktails using Artisan Spirits made in Colorado. Montanya Distillers and Peach Street Distillers are featured.

The “Capella Wine Luncheon,” Saturday, August 14, 11a.m. – 12 p.m. features four courses of wine and food inspired by the summer bounty of Telluride. The luncheon spotlights Chef Gabriel Kolofan, Executive Chef for Capella. Wines are from Domaine Carneros in California, Milbrandt Vineyards in Washington State, Jean Luc Colombo and Maison Louis Jadot from France.

At the “Elevation of Wine – Cabernet Sauvignon Seminar” on Saturday, August 14, 1 – 2 p.m. Anne Hay, CWE, WSET Diploma, (Rocky Mountain Regional Manager for the Spire Collection of Majestic Fine Wines) and Leah A. Deane, (WSET Advanced Certificate & Wine Specialist for RNDC) guide patrons in tasting and comparing several cabernets from the mountains and valleys of Sonoma and Napa.

The “High Altitude Cocktails – Montanya Rum Seminar,” Saturday, August 14, 3 – 4 p.m., features Karen Hoskins of Montanya Distillers in Silverton. Karen details the process of making rum and shows guests how to make creative specialty cocktails.

The Telluride Festival of the Arts invites guests to the visual arts. The Grand Tasting and seminar require tickets. For further information, visit

Tickets are available online and Monday, August 9, Tuesday, August 10, and Wednesday, August 11, 12 – 4 p.m. at Gondola Plaza. Or purchase tickets starting Thursday, August 12, on site at Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village.

To learn more, click on the “play” button and listen to an interview with The Telluride Festival of the Arts’ Marketing and Operations Director, Tony Smith.

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