Montrose Food And Wine Festival 2013

Wine Festival and Food Fest…. A Decade of Grand Tastings, Helping Kids

Montrose Food And Wine Festival 2013

The Montrose Food and Wine Festival has raised more than $450,00 for local kids’ causes since 2004. Courtesy Photo

By Liesl Greathouse

 (May 1) Wine and food enthusiasts of Montrose will celebrate a decade of great taste this month, at the Tenth Annual Montrose Wine and Food Festival on May 10 and 11 at the Montrose Pavilion.

Lynette Bean is one of the main organizers of the event, as well as serving on the board of directors.  The event is the brainchild of her husband, Gary Bean, and other wine consumers.  “When we moved to Montrose we wanted something here to do with wine,” Lynette explained.

The end plan was to combine their love of wine with a heart for helping local children’s charities.  They ended up organizing the first Montrose Food and Wine Festival in 2004, originally even giving out tickets in order to entice people to come.  The first year turned out to be a great success, raising more money for charities than they had ever imagined.

Over the years, the event has expanded to include two days of wine tasting with auctions.  Since 2004, the event has raised $450,000 for local charities, while still making it a fun event.  It is now one of the largest fundraisers of the year for Montrose.

The event will kick off on the 10th with the Private Reserve Wine Dinner at the Pavilion for the event’s sponsors.  Board members always do something special for it.

Following that will be Disco Night, where the public can dance the night away to the beats of DJ Poem.  It will be 10 p.m.-12 p.m. at the Pavilion.

Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday will be a special feature this year, a Beer Seminar, featuring local and craft beers.  People will learn about how the glass that a person drinks from is the key to elevating all facets of the drinking experience.  Attendees will go home with a beautiful Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur 4-piece set to keep.  Seating is limited, so anyone who is interested is urged to get a ticket soon.

Saturday’s Grand Tasting on the Lawn will be 2 p.m.-5 p.m. and will feature music by Zolopht and the Destroyers.  With over 300 wines and at least ten local restaurants serving delicious food, people will also be able to enjoy a silent auction and the Montrose Botanical Gardens Spring plant sale.  “This is our second year at the Pavilion and people love it,” Lynette said.  “People love being able to enjoy the lawn, the sunshine and the flowers.”

Also occurring at the Pavilion on Saturday will be the start and finish of the 10th Annual Mission to Ride, presented by the Montrose Fire Fighters Assoc.

The Festival has benefitted many different local children’s charities over the years.  This year it is just focusing on befitting two local charities, the Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club and Voices for Children (CASA).  “Before we have benefited Partners, Shoes for Kids, Backpacks for Kids, and others,” Lynette said.  “This year we really wanted to be able to have an impact on a charity, instead of just giving a little bit to a variety of charities.”

The two charities chosen hold a special place in the organizers’ hearts.  “We really care about kids,” Lynette explained.  “The Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club has so many good programs for kids that raise self esteem and education.  CASA really helps abused kids.  There are too many abused kids out there today.”

The Festival is always in need of volunteers to help out in a variety of ways.  Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Karen Tuttle at 249-0337.

Lynette enjoys the social aspect of both drinking wine and the Festival.  “After winter is done and spring suddenly comes, we finally get to go out and see people again,” she said.  “I enjoy the Saturday Festival itself.  After nine months of planning I finally get to have fun with good music, good food and good wine.”

The Festival has increased attendance every year, drawing in many people from outside the Montrose area.  Most comments from participants have been positive, with last year seeing the most positive comments because of the new location.  The Festival continues to grow and improve every year.

To sum up the goal of the Festival, its’ website says it best: “We decided that the beauty and uniqueness of this group of people is we come together for two reasons and two reasons only‑to taste extraordinary wine at a spirited, friendly and warm event and in the process raise money to give away to worthy programs in our community.

“Simply put, we believe in this community and so do our sponsors… we’re here to do the right thing.”

Tickets for the public are $10 for Disco Night, $30 for the Beer Seminar, and $50 for the Grand Tasting.  Tickets can be purchased online at montrosewineandfood.com, at the Montrose Pavilion or at the door.  For more information, call 901‑9993.