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Breckenridge Food and Wine returns to benefit Rotary Club

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The Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival brings you a unique wine-tasting experience this Saturday, July 29. Main Street Station Plaza and The Village at Breckenridge — at the base of Peak Nine — will transform into a beautiful, mountain-side vineyard starring hundreds of wines made by top wineries. From the soft and smooth to the unabashedly bold, guests will get more than their fair share of delicious sips.

Any foodies in attendance will appreciate the yummy small dishes available a la carte to accompany each pour. This walkaround event will feature nearly 300 wines from over 70 of the top and most awarded wineries from the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and Chile.

Those in the VIP ticket tier can learn how to make Mozzarella in thirty minutes, see how to pair a reverse seared tri-tip with a spicy cabernet, lap-up live music, attend the food and wine pairing dinner, enter to win a trip to Napa Valley or revel in the VIP Experience.

On Saturday, the big tasting gets underway at 1 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and 2-6 p.m. for general admission ticket holders. The event is more than just your average "wine sampling." This year, the festival has expanded beyond its borders at Main Street Station to include The Village at Breckenridge making room for more varietals, artisans, food and even a few beer selections and wine cocktail mixers. Guests will also enjoy performances on two stages by John Truscelli and Russick Smith, Quantum Jazz, Phat Daddy and a special appearance by the Mobile Piano Man.

Wine and Why will be on-site to share cheese-making tips while Big Country BBQ works their magic on the grill for a live, cooking demonstration. The festival is to benefit the Breckenridge Mountain Rotary Club, who will host a silent auction to raise important funds for their continued humanitarian efforts. And, for those who will like to bring the family along, kids will be entertained by living statues and activities while Mountain Top Children's Museum will be on-site with face painting.

On Sunday, Brunch and Vines at Sauce on the Maggie kicks off at 11 a.m. and shows guests how to relish the bubbly and celebrate the vine. Leading women in the world of wine will be on-site to share their insights on the industry while guests savor specialty white wine mixers like sangrias and mimosas paired with delicious food. Tickets for brunch are $45. For more information or tickets to Breckenridge Food and Wine, visit BreckWineFest.com.

If You Go:

What: Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival

Where: Saturday, July 29, 2-6 p.m.

When: Main Street Station Plaza and The Village at Breckenridge

Tickets: Grand tasting: $60 per person at the gate (general admission), $90 per person (VIP experience)