Museum plans tasty event

Tread fund-raiser will entice with flavors

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— Whether your tastebuds are craving a smooth cabernet with a delectable chocolate square or a creamy chardonnay coupled with fresh chocolate-dipped strawberries, they will be satisfied at the first wine and beer tasting fund-raiser for the Tread of Pioneers Museum on Friday.

A variety of wines, beers, appetizers and desserts will be accompanied by music from the Yampa Valley Boys during an evening to give thanks to the history and heritage of Steamboat.

"We're so excited that it's in the beautiful new Centennial Hall," said Marty Woodbury, executive director for the Tread of Pioneers Museum. "It's a circus for your tastebuds."

The Tread of Pioneers Museum is raising money in order to keep its doors open, Woodbury said. The museum is a nonprofit organization supported by memberships, donations and admissions.

National Distributing will take patrons on a tour of Australia, showing them shiraz, petit sirah, and merlot, among many other wine flavors from the land down under.

Pinnacle Distributing will walk attendees through the vineyards of coastal California, giving tastes of sauvignon blanc, syrah and chardonnay.

And Steamboat's own Steamboat Springs Cellars will take tastebuds on a hike up to Strawberry Park with its unique blend of strawberry and reisling wine for the not-so-serious wine drinker.

Steamboat Brewery and Tavern will present an array of beers to taste, from Alpenglow Strong Ale to Hahn's Peak Gold.

An assortment of cheeses and different appetizers followed by trays of distinctive desserts will be provided by a variety of local sponsors.

"It's a great way to get out, have fun and keep the heritage of our community alive and well," Woodbury said.

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