Eighth annual Steamboat Wine Festival participants gather in front of One Steamboat Place during the Toast of Steamboat event. Hundreds of people attended the final part of the 2011 event featuring gourmet foods, wine, liquor and beer.

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Eighth annual Steamboat Wine Festival participants gather in front of One Steamboat Place during the Toast of Steamboat event. Hundreds of people attended the final part of the 2011 event featuring gourmet foods, wine, liquor and beer.

Steamboat Wine Festival grows to 4-day event in 9th year

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Ninth annual Steamboat Wine Festival

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Ninth annual Steamboat Wine Festival

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Ninth annual Steamboat Wine Festival

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Steamboat Wine Festival by the numbers

2,800: Number of participants in Steamboat Wine Festival 2011

21: Number of local restaurants partnering for the 2012 event

3,050: Number of wine bottles traveling to Steamboat for the festival

$45: Price of cheapest event, Après Wine

$265: Price for all three tastings (Wine on the Mountain, Stroll of Steamboat and Toast of Steamboat)

$100,000: Amount raised through event for local charities

Steamboat Wine Festival schedule

Wednesday

6 p.m. STARS and the Steamboat Wine Festival present Farm to Barn Wine Dinner, Larson Barn, $150

Thursday

5 p.m. Wine on the Mountain Kickoff Celebration, top of the gondola, $125

7:30 p.m. Après Wine, Bear River Bar & Grill deck, Gondola Square, $45

Friday

10 a.m. Let’s Get Outside Hikenar, Gondola Square, $65

10 a.m. Bike the Boat, Cafe Diva, $95

11 a.m. LoCA — Crazy by the Barrel, The Steamboat Grand, $55

Noon Secrets of Wine Blending, The Steamboat Grand, $55

Noon Food and Wine Pairing, Truffle Pig, $75

1 p.m. A Zin Fan’s Fantasy, The Steamboat Grand, $55

2 p.m. Tasting the Master’s Way, The Steamboat Grand, $75

4 p.m., Stroll of Steamboat Grand Tasting, downtown Steamboat Springs, $70

Saturday

10 a.m. Let’s Get Outside, Again! Hikenar, Gondola Square, $65

10 a.m. Mud, Sweat & Cheers Mountain Bike Seminar, Gondola Square, $95

11 a.m. Undiscovered Gems Seminar, The Steamboat Grand, $55

Noon Viticulture Paradise: The Wines of Chile, The Steamboat Grand, $55

1 p.m. The Remarkable Wines of Burgundy, The Steamboat Grand, $65

3 p.m. Toast of Steamboat Grand Tasting, Gondola Square, $90

7 p.m. Bubbles + BBQ = BubbleQ, Torian Plum Plaza, $55

Buy tickets online at www.steamboatwinefestival.com

— Wine, hiking, biking and dining all fall into the category of things that people want more of.

At least that’s the case with the Steamboat Wine Festival, which in its ninth year is expanding to a four-day event drawing thousands to Steamboat Springs for seminars, tastings and outdoor activities.

“Our patrons have been asking for more year after year, just wanting to spend more time in Steamboat and more time with the wine,” said Emily Salberg, a spokesperson with Team Player Productions, which produces the event along with other food and culture festivals across the country. “We’re attempting to make it more of a weeklong experience in Steamboat so it brings people into town for longer.”

This year, the Steamboat Wine Festival kicks off with a new event: a sold-out fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday benefiting the festival’s nonprofit partner, Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports.

In nine years, Team Player Productions and the Steamboat Wine Festival have raised more than $100,000 for STARS and other local nonprofits.

“With every event we do, we tie it to a local nonprofit or a local cause because it doesn’t make much sense to bring something to a community if you can’t benefit that community in some way,” Salberg said. “We’re all here for the bigger picture.”

According to the Steamboat Wine Festival’s recap brochure from 2011, last year’s event drew 2,800 people. Sixty-eight percent of those people were from outside Steamboat, and about the same number spent at least two nights in local lodging.

The event will partner this year with 21 local businesses and restaurants for its seminars and grand tastings in addition to bringing in 3,050 bottles of 550 kinds of wine.

Salberg said a great event for locals will be Après Wine, beginning at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bear River Bar & Grill after the Wine on the Mountain kickoff at the top of the gondola.

Après Wine is the cheapest event at $45 and includes wine, food samples and live music on the deck.

On Friday and Saturday, the seminars kick into full gear with hikes, wine-paired lunches and seminars on Zinfandel and wine blending.

The Friday evening Stroll of Steamboat will showcase downtown Steamboat Springs with tastings at various art galleries and restaurants.

Saturday’s Toast of Steamboat in Gondola Square will be followed by another new event, the BubbleQ in Torian Plum Plaza.

If Champagne, barbecue, cupcakes and bluegrass sound like a delectable combination, the BubbleQ is for you.

“We’ve got great food here in Steamboat,” Salberg said. “You don’t have to be in Aspen or South Beach; Steamboat has just as much culinary power behind it.

“The point of coming to Steamboat is to show people why it’s a great place to have this event and why it’s a great place to visit.”

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com

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