Valley welcomes fresh snow and Taste of Vail food festival

By Caitlin Row | Tuesday, April 4, 2017

At the time of this writing, snow was falling in white, fat flakes with more on the way. Winter had returned to Vail with enthusiasm, if only for a day. More white stuff is on the books for Sunday. That said, we've seen changes in weather advisories a lot lately. Those set to travel to Vail should keep checking back for more accurate weekend predictions.

Even with mostly spring-like weather these days, the snow pack is holding steady on our mountains. I recently spent some time exploring the still-very-skiable Vail Mountain, which resulted in sore muscles and a new desire to finish out the season strong. I downloaded on Gondola One to protect my new skis, however, as the lower terrain looks pretty questionable (and brown in spots). Don't worry, though; it's still good on top.

Here are my top picks for things to do this week.

Photo: By Caitlin Row, view from top of Vail Mountain

Taste of Vail

Taste of Vail kicked off Wednesday, April 5, and will run through Sunday, April 9. This springtime event is a pretty big deal because Vail is a top-tier food and drink destination on a global level. Yes, our dining scene is really that good. The festival showcases our finest chefs doing what they do best along with the nation's top vintners.

The five-day event hosts not only signature events like the Debut of Rosé, the American Lamb Cook-Off & Aprés Ski Tasting, the Mountain Top Tasting and the Grand Tasting & Auction, but also educational food and drink seminars, a Celebrity Chef Tour dinner at Larkspur, special guests and more. 

There's still time to get tickets! And if you're coming in from out of town I know of at least one lodging deal specific to the event at Vail Mountain Lodge. Check it out here.

Photo: Taste of Vail Facebook

Things to Do Around Town

Beaver Creek Loves Kids - SpringFest is well into its two-week schedule. It will culminate with its 25th annual Easter Egg Hunt in Creekside Park on Sunday, April 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Until then the SpringFest events and activities run daily from 3-6 p.m.

Austin's Rose, a country music duo, will perform daily in the Great Room of The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch through Saturday, April 8. Music is planned each day from 6-10 p.m. More live music on tap this week includes The Burnsville Band at Vail Brewing Company in Vail Village on Friday, April 7; Gipsy Moon at Vail Ale House on Saturday, April 8; and a Led Zeppelin tribute band called Pickin' on Zeppelin at Agave, also on Saturday.

Project Funway, a runway fashion show benefiting the Education Foundation of Eagle County, is planned for Saturday, April 8, at Dobson Ice Arena.

For more Daytime and Nightlife calendar listings, visit Vail Valley This Week.

Photo: Gipsy Moon Facebook

Fans Weigh in on Dining

This week we asked our Everything Vail Valley Facebook fans, "Where is your favorite place to dine around the Vail Valley?" I loved the diversity of answers. So, here are the highlights.

Montauk Seafood Grill in Lionshead Village was mentioned twice as a favorite. So was La Tour Restaurant in Vail Village. Ti Amo in EagleVail received three mentions. And Sweet Basil in Vail Village got four. Though I've never dined at Montauk, I can personally vouch that the other three are lovely.

A few other restaurants receiving shout-outs include Campo de Fiori in Vail, Mountain Standard in Vail and Moe's Original BBQ in Lionshead.

To look at the full list or mention your own favorite restaurant, click here.

Photo: Sweet Basil Facebook

About the Author Caitlin Row
Caitlin is a Vail local. She loves to ski, play in the snow (preferably with her dog) and taste all the Vail Valley has to offer.