DEADWOOD — Deadwood’s Forks, Corks, and Kegs citywide food and wine festival, the ultimate event for lovers of fine food and drink, is set for April 5-6. The event, in its sixth year, is expected to sell out for the fourth year in a row. Tickets sales leading up to the festival are trending ahead of previous years, and VIP passes are already sold out. As a result, day-of tickets are unlikely to be available.
The event begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 5, with Wine Around Deadwood, a two-hour leisurely wine tasting tour of the town. Participating locations each host a different vineyard. A representative from the vineyard will be on-hand to serve a variety of their most popular wines while providing profile and pairing advice to attendees.
After the wine tastings, Festival Pass holders can explore Deadwood’s culinary delights by stopping at various locations around town for the Appetizer Crawl from 8-10 p.m. The Crawl showcases local chefs’ bite-sized creations, each paired with a wine or brew, in their respective businesses.
Saturday kicks off with the Deadwood Dine Around from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chefs around Deadwood will prepare samples of their favorite meals paired with wine, beer and cocktails. Catch your breath and loosen your belt because only an hour later, starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday evening, the Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center hosts the Grand Tasting. Festival Pass holders will pick up their commemorative glassware as they enter the event center, the perfect accessory for sampling dozens of top choices from participating wineries, breweries and distilleries, all in one location. Light hors d’ oeuvres will be available at the Grand Tasting. VIP pass holders will enjoy early admittance into the Reserved Room at the Grand Tasting. This special section features the finest quality and rarest wines Deadwood has to offer. Proceeds from the Reserved Room will benefit local charities.
Following the Grand Tasting, for a modest fee, guests can put the finishing touches on their evening. At 6 p.m. the Deadwood Tobacco Co. will host a $2 Cigar Tasting for guests to sample one of their specialties. Samples must be smoked on-site.
Tickets are only available as a two-day Festival Pass. To purchase tickets, call 559-1188 or visit ticketmaster.com. The $75 Festival Pass includes admission to all of the Friday and Saturday events, as well as a fine crystal, commemorative wine glass and free trolley rides around Deadwood to participating locations. Festival Pass holders must stop by the Deadwood Mountain Grand to pick up their Festival lanyard and official event guide during registration hours. Registration will be open on April 5 from 2-8 p.m. and April 6 from 9 a.m. to noon.
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