First Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest Begins July 7

The Salt Lake Food and Wine Fest.

The Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association (SLARA) is presenting the first-ever Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest to show off  the city’s culinary offerings.

Advance certificates are now available for themed events that encourage participants to discover and indulge in the food, wine and spirits that have become a prevalent aspect of Salt Lake’s vibrant culture.

In addition to individual events and educational seminars taking place from July 7 to 13, participating restaurants will feature special offerings and menus all week long

. The festivities officially kick of with SLARA’s Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest joining forces with Eat Drink Salt Lake on July 6 at Tracy Aviary.

“Given the extent to which Salt Lake’s food and beverage scene has evolved and matured, SLARA believes this is the ideal time to launch an annual event that promotes and celebrates the fact that we have become a significant culinary capital of the Mountain West,” says Michele Corigliano, Executive Director of SLARA. “The Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest will feature a range of delectable events designed to showcase our area’s top talent while appealing to both culinary novices and connoisseurs.”

The following events will be held during the Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest. Complete details, pricing, and online purchase of gift certificates that provide entry to events at:

July 7 and 8: Wine Education Seminars

Themed wine seminars like Vive la France, A is for Argentina, and Premium Ports will be hosted by Cliff Dining Pub, Kimi’s Chop and Oyster House, Finca, East Liberty Tap House, Manoli’s, and Cucina.

Saturday, July 8

Bubbles & Lunch

Location: Encore Bistro at Eccles Theater

Three course lunch and sparkling wine will be served at this new, downtown bistro. Music by DJ Christopher Gawel.

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 8

Meet Your Maker – Sponsored by Alpine Distilling, Beehive Distilling, Dented Brick Distillery, Mountain West Cider, Sugarhouse Distillery, and Waterpocket Distillery

Get schooled in the art of producing spirits and mixology from Utah’s local, craft distilleries. Music by DJ Christopher Gawel

Location: Park City Culinary Institute, Salt Lake City Campus

Time: 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Sunday, July 9

Wine Education Dinner and “Meet the Maker” led by Melinda Kearney of Lorenza

Location: East Liberty Tap House

Time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Reservations not required


Monday, July 10

Progressive Food & Spirits Walk

Walk, dine, and sip specialty cocktails by local distilleries Alpine, Beehive, and Dented Brick. Music by DJ Gawel

Location: 15th & 15th neighborhood at Mazza, Trestle Tavern, and Caputo’s.

Time: Three start times at 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, July 11

Progressive Food & Wine Walk

Walk and enjoy food and drink pairings at three participating restaurants.

Location: Stanza, Current, and Gourmandise

Time: Three start times at 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 p.m.


Individual Restaurant Events, July 7 to 13 – visit for complete list.


Check website daily – more pop-up events to be added.