The Picnic
Get thee to Eagle's Nest atop Vail Mountain to watch chefs compete in a picnic-off that takes place in a hand-built snow arena. That's right -- this daylong event pits chef against chef in order to determine the finest picnic fare. Don't miss the igloo martini bar.

The Finale This Big Daddy spread, hosted by the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa, features samples from all the restaurants and wineries participating in the fest. Stick around after dinner and dance away all those calories to the tunes of the Harry Baxter Band.

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Taste of Vail
April 2 through 5
Four-day pass: $420
(includes 14 events)
www.tasteofvail.com


VAIL FILM FESTIVAL

After enjoying sustenance of the edible kind, go for some intellectual stimulation of the film-reel sort. This festival provides a forum for independent filmmakers of every mode to present their latest productions of shorts, student films, features, sports, and more. (Expect 75 screenings in four days.) Also scheduled are classes, brunches, live music, winter-film-themed activities, and panel discussions. Among those honored last year: Harold Ramis, who received the 2007 Gold Summit Award for Contribution to Film, and Hayden Panettiere, for Breakthrough Actor of the Year.