Featuring five-course wine dinner, live music and holiday shopping!
OURAY, CO, November 14, 2018 – Ouray’s Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival is celebrating its 10th consecutive year with another food and wine packed weekend. A five-course wine dinner with acclaimed-chef Lucas Wentzel kicks things off on Friday, Dec. 7, followed by the festival itself on Saturday, Dec. 8. In addition to holiday shopping and wine, cheese and chocolate vendors, this year’s festival will feature Swing City Express–a 10-person swing and jazz band–with live music from around the world to match this year’s theme: Around the World in 80 Days.
“I’m super excited about the 10-piece band, it will bring lots of energy,” says Faith Parry, the festival director. “We have a couple new vendors and we’re getting a lot of presales. Plus, the wine dinner is going to be amazing and if you do the dinner and the festival you save $10. It’s a great deal.”
The Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival is expecting 20 vendors who specialize in regional wines, chocolates and artisanal cheeses. Samples are plentiful, and products are available for purchase. The list of vendors also includes artists whose offerings make this event perfect for holiday shopping. For those looking to challenge themselves, Conundrum Escape Rooms will have a pop-up escape room at the event.
This year’s theme sets the tone for Swing City Express’ set list and the annual costume contest. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costumes from around the world to compete for the prize. The festival takes place at the Ouray Community Center from 6-9 p.m. on December 8. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Friday’s five-course dinner will be created by Chef Lucas Wentzel, a Swiss chef trained in European-style fine dining, and paired with local wines from Talon Wine Brands of Palisade. The evening of fine dining will take place at the Ouray Community Center at 5 p.m. on December 7. Registration is required by December 1 and tickets are $75 per person or $90 for both the wine dinner and festival.
Tickets are available online at coloradowinefest.org or at the Wildflower Boutique in downtown Ouray. Proceeds benefit the Ouray Women’s Club.