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Sundance serves fine mix — food and music

Festival is one of numerous musical, artsy happenings

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I love, love, love, love summer. Totally. I especially love this time of summer because there are just sooo many concerts and music festivals and artsy things a-happenin' in every nook and cranny of our state. It's really hard to run out of things to do.

There are concerts at the Gallivan Center — often twice a week; Park City just had its Arts Festival; Trolley Square has Tuesday Tunes (or something like that); and Temple Square is just overflowing with high-brow culture stuff that goes way, way above my head.

My dad is always quizzing me on which composer wrote which symphony and what movement is playing now. I don't know how dear old dad knows all this stuff, but he knows, and he's always right. It's like when I was 10 and the family went to Disneyland and while we walked from ride to ride, my father shot out the names and species of the different plant life we encountered — without even looking at the tags in front of the trees and bushes. He should go on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." (My mother at least quizzes me on something I understand . . . Harry Potter. She's good at communicating with me on my level.)

So, Utah is simply LOUSY with super-fun activities. One such activity is the Food and Music Festival up at Sundance.

I was talking with Missy Larsen, one of the festival's promoters, and she said that this is its first year. See, last year, Sundance did a traditional arts festival, and though the turnout was huge, Sundance wanted to do something different, more seasonal.

Food is a big deal in the summer. There are farmers markets everywhere and, according to Missy, the Sundance people thought, why not just go that route and combine food and music? See? Seasonal.

This is what will be up at Sundance tomorrow: an open market with fresh deli breads and cheeses and olives and jams and honeys and meats. There will be grills serving hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken and a culinary grill serving wraps and tacos and gourmet-grilled foods.

There will be a dessert area where fest-folks can get fresh pastries, pies, cookies and baked goods. If you're on a diet, there's gonna be a fruit stand, so don't worry. You won't be left out of the fun.

Aside from the vendors, the resort's executive chef, Jason Knibb, will be putting food together, too. If there's anything I love more than music, it's food.

While you're munching down on this ambrosia (ninth-grade vocab word ), three musical groups will be performing. At 10 a.m., the Gawain Matthews quartet will appear. (I have a funny memory of Gawain in high school. Wait, nope. Sorry. His friend. Gawain was always pretty talented . . . a bit spacey . . . but talented nonetheless.) John Flanders will perform at 12:30 p.m., and the Slammy Award-winning Blues on First will take the stage at 3 p.m.

Ya'll can just make up excuses not to go to this festival, but in the end, you know that it will be the most fun you could have on a Saturday. The doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. All the concerts are free, and you should consider bringing blankets. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Maybe you'll be able to sneak a peak at Robert Redford. Probably not, but it would be a good story if you did.


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