Mesa Verde Toasts Food Wine and Art at Festival

The event featurs wine tastings, live music and local and regional art displays

The Seventh Annual Mesa Verde Country Food, Wine and Art Festival will take place Aug. 21-23. The southwestern Colorado event begins on Friday evening with a four-course winemakers' dinner and continues through Sunday with wine tastings, live music and local and regional art displays.

Local and regional food producers will offer cheeses, bread, olive oil, dips and salsas, and locally roasted coffees for sample and sale, and artists will display and sell their work throughout the festival, while Thomas Martin Scott will provide music.

Tickets for anyone participating in wine-tasting at the Saturday event are $15 and are available at the Mesa Verde Country tourism office in the Welcome Center in Cortez, Colo.; Liquid Assets in Cortez; or The Wine Merchant in Durango, Colo. Tickets will also be available at the festival gate for $20 per person.

Admission is complimentary for those who will not be tasting wine, but want to listen to music and enjoy food and art.

Tickets for the winemakers' dinner ($75 per person) may be reserved and purchased by calling 970-565-8227 or 800-530-2998.