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Friday, 04 October 2013 13:55

Wine & Food Festival

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It is less than one week until the Bear Creek Spring Wine and Food Festival.  In the past, our wine events have been such a success that we have decided to expand from a one day event to a full weekend of fun.  As a past guest, this year I have had so much fun planning the event. Pennsylvania winery owners are a fantastic group who have extreme passion for their work. Listening to them, you can’t help but want to share in their joy for winemaking.  This year in the spirit of these wineries we have created the Crystal Cup Award for Best Winery. 

Guests of the event will select their favorite winery as they make their tasting rounds on Saturday.  If you are planning to attend, I ask that you listen to the winery staff and take note of the enthusiasm and joy in sharing their products, you will be astonished at how much you learn.  Don’t forget to ask questions and sip to taste the subtle notes of fruit. Be sure to note what you like, unfortunately you can only vote for one winery, but your votes will count! 

New this year we have added a four-course wine dinner on Friday night in the Mountain Ballroom.  Friday evening’s wine theme is a bit different: Italy vs. France. While we were researching various wine websites and courses, I noticed that a lot of the Old Word ancient wine regions had to step up their games because of the fierce competition with the New World wines.  Since all of our tastings on Saturday and Sunday are from wonderful Pennsylvania, we thought, why not feature some of the famous wine regions in a head to head taste test?  That is how we came up with our wine dinner theme; Italy vs. France in a region-by-region taste test.  We sat down with our wine expert and decided to pick these regions:  Loiren Valley vs. Marche, Burgundy vs. Piedmote, Rhone Valley vs. Mocato and of course Sparkling French vs. Prosecco.  What a fun way to taste eight interesting wines and decide which country has the best wines!  No matter which one comes out on top, the clear winner is  … you!

Also new this year, we will have wine and food related seminars all day.  Meet Professor Ronald Kapon, who wrote the New York Times Knowledge Network wine course, his seminar; Confessions of a Non-Wine Snob, this is sure to be a hoot!  Or spend time learning about the Health Benefits of Wine with Joe Greff, owner of Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars and winemaker with a degree in Microbiology. Plus you won’t want to miss food demonstrations by Clover Creek Cheese Cellar and the Chefs of Bear Creek as well as seminars on the art of Wine Glasses by Peter Yenawine and how to set an elegant table by MyTableware.com.  So many options, be sure to get the VIP pass that includes admission to all the seminars!

The Events Department has worked so hard on this event and we are looking forward to providing everyone from the vendors, to the guests with a memorable experience.  We are looking forward to a wonderful weekend of spring weather and wine tasting.  Won’t you join us and spend the day at our beautiful resort with your friends? Don't forget to get your tickets in advance!

Hope to see you there!
Cheers!  Tracy

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