Savor Idaho Sells Out Festival, Pilots 10th Anniversary Sneak Peek Dinner 

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Deb Christison

Savor Idaho, the elegant food and wine tasting festival that takes place annually in the Idaho Botanical Garden, has sold out its supply of 900 tickets every year but one, its first. This time around, to celebrate its 10th anniversary in the City of Trees, the festival offered up 1,050 tickets to local foodies—and with more than a week to go until the event kicks off Sunday, June 10, all 1,050 have already been claimed.

Here's the ticket breakdown: the festival offered 50 seats to a special Sneak Peek Dinner on Saturday, June 9, at $115 each; 200 VIP passes allowing guests admission an hour before the official start of the June 10th festival at $75 per person, and 800 regular passes for the June 10th festival with a $55 price tag. The four-course dinner, which will include Idaho wines paired with dishes catered by Juniper, a local favorite on Eighth Street in downtown Boise, is a new initiative for the festival and the biggest nod to its 10th anniversary.

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"In the morning on Saturday, there's a pure barre class in the meditation garden as the tents are going up, and then in the evening we're having the first-ever sneak peek dinner," said Sara Dirks, industry development and events manager for the Idaho Wine Commission, which puts on Savor Idaho each year. "... All of the tents will be set up already, all of the tables will be out, and [attendees] will get to walk through the space and see what it looks like before everybody shows up."

Dirks said that although the event is still in the experimental stage, it may be something the festival will continue and even build on in following years.

The next day, it will be business as usual for the 2-5 p.m. main event: each guest will receive a commemorative glass as well as pours from dozens of vendors, including a wide array of local wineries like Ste. Chapelle, Cinder Wines and the newly-opened Par Terre; cideries including Longdrop Cider Co. and Meriwether Cider Co.; and one brewery, Grand Teton Brewing Company.

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"We've had one brewery for several years," said Dirks, explaining that cideries have long been included in the festival as they fall under the same legislation as Idaho wineries. "The idea behind that is sometimes couples both don't necessarily love wine, so it's nice to have a small option so that they can go and enjoy [the festival] together."

A handful of local eateries like Zee's Rooftop Cafe, Nothing Bundt Cakes and City Peanut Shop will also be offering free bites, and this year those looking for a full meal can order entrees for an extra cost from two of the vendors, Kanak Attack Katering and Tony's Tamales, which will have food trucks on site.

With locally-focused options like Snake River Farms Top Sirloin and smoked garlic aioli on Acme baguette (Zee's) and summer asparagus and potato salad (Idaho Preferred) on offer, this year's menu should be one for the books—and that's even before folks start drinking. 
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