Set below the green tops of trees casting shadows across the grass, the annual Savor Idaho event pits Boise taste denizens in a battle against filling their stomachs too quickly. In the lush Idaho Botanical Garden, foods from more than a dozen local eateries will be paired with more than 100 wines for a local taste-apalooza.
With 27 vineyards and 17 restaurants hailing from the Gem State, it's a local affair, too. The 17 eateries include Bardenay, upstart Momo Dumpling—which has a retail space planned to open later this month—coffee from Dawson Taylor and Full Circle Exchange and Zeppole breads, as well as catering vets like the Hawaiian eats-purveyor Kanak Attack.
Wines from Woodriver Cellars, Zhoo Zhoo Wines, Coiled, Colter's Creek and many more will pour pinot noir, merlot, Chicken Dinner White, chardonnay, rieslings and oh-so-many more tasty vino varieties.
Offerings for this year include (get ready to salivate): Italian beef polenta cakes from 13th Street Pub in Hyde Park, Ballard Family cheese, Bon Appetit's rib sliders with horseradish aioli and fresh apple cider slaw served on a brioche bun and a full Kalua pig's worth of pulled pork from Kanak Attack. As for dessert, fresh cream-topped berry tartlets, sweet City Peanut Shop varieties, Velata chocolates and from Idaho Preferred: chocolate potato scones topped with bacon and drizzled with strawberry sauce. A full list of restaurants and wineries can be found at savoridaho.org.
This 21-and-older event lasts runs 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 10. Tickets are capped at 900, which means the right to jockey for food and vino is limited to only those who snap up tickets quickly, which can be purchased at idahotickets.com.