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The variety of fine food and drink around these parts is simply amazing.Great food, better wine, well-crafted brews, all accompanied by music that makes everyone want to stand up and sing along – only after a few glasses of the high-powered grape juice, of course – is exactly the premise for the seventh annual Culinary Arts, Wine and Brewfest.The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is holding its annual gala Saturday from 4-7 p.m. in the Hotel Colorado’s luxurious Colorado and Devereux rooms. They had to add more room than in previous years to support the growing attention they’ve received.”This is going to be the largest one ever,” said Center for the Arts Director Gayle Mortel. “It’s been growing every year so we figured that we should double the space so that everyone could have a more enjoyable time.”

One of the new parties celebrating its inaugural run at the annual event is Woody Creek Cellars, based in Woody Creek. “I had attended it before just for the food and beverage,” said marketing representative for Woody Creek Cellars Robert Schuckman. “I had a real good time.”This year founder of WCC Kevin Doyle decided, on the advice of Schuckman, that the Culinary Arts, Wine and Brewfest would be a great event to promote WCC’s wines to the residents of the region. The winery will pour their award-winning Colorado Merlot for attendees to sample.Along with local wineries, hundreds of domestic and imported wines will be available for tasting thanks to National distributing and CS Wine Imports. As well as, over 60 microbrews from local breweries like the Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company and New Belgium Brewery from Fort Collins.

“You can learn so much about everything here,” Mortel said. “Especially the wines. All of the vintners know so much about their craft, you can learn so much about the wines from them and it’s a lot of fun too.”Along with the lavish drink, food-a-plenty from valley restaurants will accommodate any party-goers craving.”We are going there with some desserts for people to taste with the great wines,” said Casey Christianson of the Maple Table Restaurant in Glenwood Springs; another rookie in this year’s bash.”We will have enough cheesecake for about 300 people to try,” he said. “It should be a great time.”



Music by Van Wampler and Kirk Carlson will charm folks on two dance floors while they indulge in food and drink.”All three elements are just as important as the other,” Mortel said. “The food, the wine, the beer, everything is just fantastic.”Mortel expects this year’s feast to be the best one so far, she said. Adding that the event draws people from all over the state.”It’s one of the most enjoyable events for Glenwood Springs,” she said.

A silent auction will also be held with numerous products and services from retail shops, restaurants and companies from throughout the valley that can be bid on during the evening. Proceeds from the auction and ticket sales will help fund the Center’s arts and cultural programs.Tickets are still available – $45 prior to the event, $50 at the door – and can be purchased at Center for the Arts, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Association, Design Audio and Video, and from any Culinary Arts, Wine and Brewfest committee members. Attendees must be 21 years old, no minors will be allowed entrance. Call the Center for the Arts for more information at 945-2414.Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext. 16604jgardner@postindependent.com


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