Festival of Flavors Grand Wine Tasting

Festival of Flavors Grand Wine Tasting

The Grand Wine Tasting is back! Join the FVCC Foundation as we host the Grand Wine Tasting in the new Wachholz College Center at FVCC on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 6pm. Enjoy a variety of wines provided by Fun Beverage, sample local cuisine, and bid in our live and silent auction. All proceeds benefit student scholarships at FVCC. Thank you to the Festival of Flavors 2022 sponsors for making these events possible. For more information, contact the FVCC Foundation office at foundation@fvcc.edu or 406.756.3632.

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Vini Di Sicilia

"Vini de Sicilia" at Montana Bonfire Details

It’s time to eat, drink and gather for a great time at the Vini Di Sicilia at the Montana Bonfire. Guests will get the opportunity to explore the incredible flavors of Sicily… without leaving Woods Bay! There will be a three course meal, wine pairings and even a dessert cocktail.

"Vini de Sicilia" at Montana Bonfire Details

“Vini de Sicilia” at Montana Bonfire Details

Mare your calendars and get your tickets because it takes place on Saturday, September 10, 2002 from 6 until 9pm. Doors will open at 5:30pm and the first course will be served promptly at 6:30pm. The wine or dessert cocktail can be substituted for another beverage of choice. We will be seating the dining room communal style, doors will open early, and we will continue to cocktail after serving our third course.
We strongly encourage our guests to socialize with each other and enjoy this incredible experience!

Tickets are $75 per guest and include Three Course meal, Wine Pairings, and a Dessert Cocktail. Contact us for tickets at 406.692.6026.

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Whitefish Wine Auction

Whitefish Wine Auction

Are you a wine enthusiast? If your answer is yes, then mark your calendar for the Whitefish Wine Auction. The Whitefish Wine Auction is three days of Wine, Food and Song and will take place August 10 through August 12, 2022. From casual wine tastings to food and wine pairings at private residences and even a gala and wine auction, the Whitefish Wine Auction has something for every palette. All proceeds benefit ATP’s professional and educational arts programs.

Whitefish Wine Auction with ATP logo

 

Whitefish Wine Auction Details

UnWINEd – Wine Tasting – Wednesday, August 10 At 5:30pm – Grouse Mountain Lodge – $60.00

A single ticket to our casual after-work wine tasting featuring the exquisite wines of our featured wineries. You’ll learn more about each wine, enjoy tastings, and have an opportunity to order them!

Private Vintner Dinners – Thursday, August 11 At 6pm – The Home Of Carl Straub & Brenda Bernheim – $150.00

A ticket to the private vintner dinner at the Straub Residence in Kalispell. Featuring Chef Andy Blanton, Battuello Vineyards, Blue Samurai, & Lede Family Wines. 

Thursday, August 11 At 6pm
The Home Of Dr. Reed & Cooke Thompson – SOLD OUT
Featuring Chef Earl James Reynolds & Melville Winery

Thursday, August 11 At 6:30pm
The Home Of Margo Jacbos – SOLD OUT
Featuring Chef Christian Moreno & Chalk Hill Winery
A series of exclusive wine-pairing dinners at private residences across the Flathead Valley. Each home-hosted dinner will feature an exclusive pairing of an acclaimed chef with a featured winery.

The Gala Auction & Dinner – Friday, August 12 At 6pm – The Lodge At Whitefish Lake

The main event! Enjoy food, wine, and world-class ATP entertainment as the sun sets on beautiful Whitefish Lake. Featuring a fantastic auction featuring rare wine and wine-themed excursions – including an elegant Mediterranean cruise on the world’s most luxurious cruiseline, Silversea!

Click HERE for Ticket Information. 

2022 Featured Wineries

Foley Food & Wine Society

The Foley family & Foley Family Wines has had a strong Whitefish connection for years, including controlling ownership in Whitefish Mountain Resort and Glacier Restaurant Group, which includes MacKenzie River Pizza, Craggy Range Bar & Grill, Ciao Mambo, and Latitude 48, as well as the Vegas Golden Knights NHL hockey team. William Foley’s love of good wine led him to the wine industry. There he started Foley Food & Wine Society to celebrate three of life’s greatest passions – world-class wines, exquisite cuisine, and amazing experiences. Foley Food and Wine has a unique and diverse portfolio of wineries in California, the Pacific Northwest, New Zealand, France and Argentina. Each has its own individual identity, style and distinctive personality.

More at foleyfoodandwinesociety.com

Melville Winery

Founded in 1989, Melville is a family-owned and operated estate winery with its roots in Sonoma County’s Knights Valley, where Ron Melville grew high-quality and greatly sought-after grapes. In 1996, Ron’s desire to grow cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah brought Melville Vineyards to the Sta. Rita Hills, located in the Western Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County. Today, Ron and his son, Chad Melville, uphold Melville’s tradition as one of the most highly-regarded estates in California.

More at melvillewinery.com

Battuello Vineyards

Since 1909 the Battuellos have believed that great wines are grown by careful hands and an intimate knowledge of the land fostered by working the soil vintage after vintage. To that end, the Battuello family has cultivated the same rocky soil in St. Helena for over 100 years, producing excellent grapes for award-winning wines in the region. For five generations the Battuello Family has been growing vines in the renowned Napa Valley. Battuello Vineyards, in St. Helena, was founded in 1909 by Matteo Battuello and his wife Serafina, who immigrated to California from Northern Italy. Four generations later, the vineyard is operated and managed by Craig and his son, Dave. They believe still that great wines are grown by careful hands and an intimate knowledge of the land fostered by working the soil vintage after vintage. That is how the family has been able to cultivate the same rocky soil in St. Helena for over 100 years and continue to produce excellent grapes for award-winning wines in this region.

More at: battuellovineyards.com

2022 Featured Chefs

Chef Andy Blanton
Andy Blanton is one of the most acclaimed chefs in Montana and the Pacific Northwest for that matter. Blanton, the executive chef and owner of Café Kandahar, is a four-time semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s best chef in the Northwest region, and his Big Mountain restaurant has carved out a widely praised culinary reputation for excellence. Blanton moved to Whitefish in the fall of 1999 from New Orleans, where he worked at two prestigious institutions: Commanders Palace and Brigtsen’s. But like many in the industry, he worked his way up from the bottom, starting as a dishwasher in Virginia Beach during high school before moving up to prep cook, cook and culinary school. He describes Café Kandahar fare as thoughtfully constructed cuisine that essentially incorporates a variety of styles and techniques, both classic and modern. It doesn’t really categorize menu options or the restaurant into a specific cuisine. Chef Andy adheres to the farm-to-table approach and cooking with local ingredients as much as possible and without a lot of similarities on the menu, meaning each dish has its own composed features.

Chef Earl James Reynolds
Chef Earl is a Whitefish native. Originally planning to be a painter, he switched his canvas to the plate and attended Seattle Central Culinary academy. He previously worked at Canlis in Seattle, and Restaurant Trokay in Truckee, California. Upon moving back to Montana, Chef Earl became the Sous Chef at Tupelo Grille in Whitefish, and was the Executive Chef at the Belton Chalet in Glacier National Park. Chef Earl was recently named the Executive Chef at Stone Hill Kitchen+Bar in Bigfork.

Chef Christian Moreno
The Moreno Halphen family has been in the food and coffee industry for over 80 years, and their love and dedication to the craft is always evident, from the flavors in the menu to the décor of the Café itself. Their story began with their maternal grandmother, who founded Finca Don Bosco, a coffee estate on the Talamanca Range between Panama and Costa Rica. Sonny and Choly Moreno inherited this family business, and they, along with their four sons, elevated the estate’s coffee production both domestically and internationally. They created an outstanding product while always staying focused on their values: tradition, conservation, sustainability and respect for the land. Today, the family tradition is being carried forward by award-winning Executive Chef, Christian Moreno, from Swift Creek Cafe, who earned his degree from the top French pastry program, “Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Påtisserie” in Yssingeaux, France. He brings to Whitefish the extensive culinary experience he gained while working for and training under world-class chefs across the United States.

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Yellowstone Flooding Disaster Relief $1 Pint Donation

Yellowstone Fooding Disaster Relief

Do you know what is better than a Pint of beer….when a $1 of every pint goes to support the Yellowstone Flooding Disaster Relief. You are invited to stop in at the Sacred Waters Brewing Company on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, from noon until 8pm and help support disaster relief and recovery efforts from the Yellowstone floods by drinking. 

We are donating $1 for every pint ordered ALL DAY LONG to the Carbon County Disaster Relief Fund set up by the The Red Lodge Area Community Foundation.

Yellowstone Fooding Disaster Relief

Yellowstone Flooding Disaster Relief

“Let’s do our part! Our neighbors to the south took a hard hit with the flooding. Waters have not fully subsided to assess all the damage. But it’s significant! Next comes the clean-up and rebuilding.” Learn more about the Yellowstone Flooding Disaster Relief event and other events at Sacred Waters Brewing Company – HERE

Sacred Waters Brewing Company

Sacred Waters Brewing Company

“Our brewery is a celebration of that heritage which has been passed on to us and that we’re passing on to our children. A heritage we can all relate to in Montana. It’s a reflection of everyone’s special place outside…, everyone’s Sacred Waters. When our founder (Jordan) lost her mother to cancer, she decided to establish Sacred Waters Brewing Company as a way to keep celebrating her mom’s love of wild places and people.” Learn more – HERE

The Red Lodge Area Community Foundation

The Red Lodge Area Community Foundation

Mission: Connecting people and building community by catalyzing change and sharing resources to build a strong, vibrant, resilient, inclusive community. “Our extended community has been deeply impacted as this is the worst natural disaster we have collectively endured.  With many losing homes, bridges out, and downtown so impacted, our community economics on both a household and community level is also threatened.” Learn more – HERE

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The Taste of Bigfork

The Taste of Bigfork

Are you ready for some great wine, music and food? Well head on over to the Taste of Bigfork on April 24, 2022, from 2pm until 5pm. Take time, while you drink your wine and walk from venue to venue in downtown Bigfork. The Taste of Bigfork benefits ImagineIf Bigfork and the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce. Tickets for the Taste of Bigfork are $40 per person and available for sale April 1 at Electric Avenue Gifts and the Bigfork Area Chamber office. At 5:00 after you’re full and happy, the world’s greatest raffle will take place at the Garden Bar & Grill. Many great items are donated by Bigfork Area merchants for you to win. This event does sell out so get your tickets now!

The Taste of Bigfork

The Taste of Bigfork Details

April 24, 2022 from 2-5pm

Downtown Bigfork, Montana

Tickets $40 per person

Click HERE for more details.

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Annual Chili Cook-Off

Chili Cook Off

Do you have what it takes to cook the best chili in the Valley? But, if you do not want to cook, how are you at eating? On Saturday, April 2, 2022, from 1pm until 4pm, at the Kalispell Elks Lodge & Event Center. Guests can enjoy all the chili that can be eaten including the fix-ens all for $10. Plus, children 12 and under are free. My True Freedom band will be performing live throughout the event. So, come on out to the Annual Chili Cook-Off and have some fun selecting the best chili chef.

Annual Chili Cook-Off Details

1st Place-$100
2nd Place-$75
3rd Place-$50
Peoples Choice- $25 & Bragging Apron
To Enter the Annual Chili Cook-Off Competition you can Email – vvacookoff21@gmail.com or Call – (406)309-0953

Learn more – HERE.

About Kalispell Elks Lodge & Event Center

Elks Lodges are more than just a building, golf course or pool. They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up. Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, meet the needs of today’s veterans, and improve the quality of life. Since 1868, millions and millions of Americans have joined the Elks. Learn more – HERE.

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Flathead Valley Firearm Frenzy

Flathead Valley Firearm Frenzy

On Saturday, March 19, 2022, Flathead Valley Ducks Unlimited presents Flathead Valley Firearm Frenzy. The doors open at 11am where guests will get to enjoy a great event, food, and lots of chances to win firearms and other cool stuff. There will be guns from the following manufacturers: Mossberg, Ruger, Savage, Taurus, CVA, Franchi, Canik, ATI, Beretta, Kimber, Tikka and Winchester. Everyone can have as many chances as they would like by purchases raffle tickets. Tickets are $20 each, 6 tickets for $100, and 20 for $250. Your $20 FIREARM FRENZY ticket not only gets you into the 20 Gun Super Raffle, but it gets you into the event for FREE FOOD and DRINKS!!! Montana Gaming Laws prohibit the sale of raffles via credit cards. Flathead Valley Firearm Frenzy Tickets can be purchased with debit cards, cash or checks. Learn more about the Flathead Valley Firearm Frenzy- HERE

Flathead Valley Firearm Frenzy

 

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Pancake Breakfast

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There is something so wonderful when it comes to a nice big breakfast and of course pancakes! On Saturday, March 19, 2022, from 8 am until 11 am, head over to the Whitefish Foursquare Church located at 233 Kalispell Avenue in Whitefish for a Pancake Breakfast. There will be pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, coffee, juice and tea. All of the proceeds will benefit the Flathead Celtic Festival 501 (c) 3. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for kids ages 10 and under. Learn more about the pancake breakfast on the Flathead Celtic Festival – HERE

Flathead Valley Festival & Games Logo & Pancake BreakfastThe Pancake Breakfast & the Flathead Celtic Festival

The Flathead Celtic Festival is an organization dedicated to promoting, preserving, and exposing our community to Celtic culture for the educational benefit of the people in this region and its visitors. The organization provides education through locals and visitors to music, dance, history, ancestry, language, food, crafts, and traditional athletic events in public venues as well as utilizing the corporation’s website to provide facts, statistics, and other related data on Celtic Nations. 

Our programs include holding fundraising events in order to promote our agenda and create funds to make the festival fiscally viable and sustainable for years to come.

The Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser is a great way to support the upcoming Flathead Celtic Festival which will take place on September 9-10, 2022 at the Centennial Farm in Kalispell. All of the proceeds benefit the Flathead Celtic Festival. Mark your calendars because on April 5, the Feis Fundraiser will take place at backslope brewing in Columbia Falls. Learn more – HERE

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Spring Brewfest 2022

Spring Brewfest 2022

Would you be interested in drinking beer for a great cause? On April 2, 2022, from 1pm until 4pm, you are invited to the S.N.O.W. Bus Fundraiser – Spring Brewfest 2022 at Whitefish Mountain Resort Village. The Spring Brewfest 2022 supports FREE public transportation between Whitefish and Whitefish Mountain Resort. 

Spring Brewfest 2022

Spring Brewfest 2022 Details

Tickets for the Spring Brewfest 2022 are $25 in advance, $30 at the Door and $5 under 21 and for Designated Drivers. Tickets can be purchased at the Whitefish Mountain Resort Guest and Info Center, Sportsman Ski Haus in Kalispell, and Bonsai Brewing Project in Whitefish. Learn more – HERE

About Big Mountain Commercial Association

The Big Mountain Commercial Association is a non-profit public trade association that raises funds to pay for common services and programs. These include funding for the SNOW bus, Big Mountain Road winter maintenance, the Big Mountain Summer & Spring Brewfest, and the Winter Winefest.

Our objective is to be a community forum for the development of new ideas and projects that will enhance Big Mountain, Whitefish and the Flathead valley.

What is the S.N.O.W. Bus?

The S.N.O.W. Bus, a free shuttle service between Whitefish and Whitefish Mountain Resort. The S.N.O.W. Bus has been a staple of our community for over 20 years. Learn more – HERE

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13th Annual Bigfork Brewfest 2022

13th Annual Bigfork Brewfest 20022

Are you ready for the 13th Annual Bigfork Brewfest 2022? This year promises over 30 Montana breweries from all over Montana, live music performances and great Brewfest merchandise. So, mark your calendars, because on Saturday, March 5, 2022, you need to head over to Main Street in Downtown Bigfork. 

13th Annual Bigfork Brewfest 20022

13th Annual Bigfork Brewfest 2022 Details

The 13th Annual Bigfork Brewfest 2022 is on Bigfork’s Main Street, Electric Avenue this year offering plenty of room to spread out and enjoy Montana beer. Guests will enjoy Luke Dowler & Kelly Garber who will be preforming in front of the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts. There will be additional performance in front of the Garden Bar. Plus, Brew-Bus tickets are available for $10 round trip to ensure a safe fun time for everyone. Merchandise for Bigfork Brewfest will be available to buy early or day of in front of The Montana Scene in the Double Eagle courtyard. Featuring beanies, hoodies, women’s crew, & men’s 1/4 zip pullover.  Tickets for the 13th Annual Bigfork Brewfest 2022 are $35 per person. Learn more and get your tickets – HERE

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