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Aug 23, 2016

FVCC Fall Festival of Flavors Runs September 16-24 to Support Student Scholarships

FVCC’s ninth annual Festival of Flavors runs September 16 - 24 with all proceeds benefiting student scholarships. The Foundation at FVCC awarded nearly $800,000 in scholarships last academic year thanks to the generous support of businesses, individuals and families in Northwest Montana.
FVCC’s ninth annual Festival of Flavors runs September 16 – 24 with all proceeds benefiting student scholarships. The Foundation at FVCC awarded nearly $800,000 in scholarships last academic year thanks to the generous support of businesses, individuals and families in Northwest Montana.

Now in its ninth season, the Foundation at Flathead Valley Community College presents its Festival of Flavors fall events September 16 – 24 to support student scholarships. In partnership with Fun Beverage Inc. and business and individual sponsors, this nine-day culinary festival features dining experiences inspired by FVCC culinary faculty, students and local chefs paired with local and regional wines and brews.

“Thanks to the generosity of the people and the communities we serve, our foundation was able to award over 800 scholarships to students last year,” said FVCC President Jane Karas. “Two hundred of these scholarships were a direct result of the community’s participation in Festival of Flavors, helping many of our local students stay in school and achieve their dreams.”

Students who receive scholarships complete their education at higher rates and in shorter timeframes, said Karas. Scholarship recipients will attend many of the festival events, providing community members the opportunity to learn more about the impact scholarships have on student success.

“A scholarship has much greater value than just monetary. It increases a student’s perception of their own self-worth,” said Transformation Scholarship recipient and 2016 FVCC graduate Kim Lantrip. “The donor becomes a voice in our heads saying, ‘I believe in you.’”

This year’s festival will kick off on September 16 on the FVCC campus with a Brew-B-Q prepared by FVCC culinary students. The menu will include plancha-grilled seafood and meats, a variety of fresh and savory salads and homemade ice cream. Tastings of local microbrews and South American wines will compliment dinner, and popular local musician Mike Murray will rock the house. Tickets to this event are $50.

The festival will continue with four-course dinners and wine pairings at featured restaurants across the Flathead Valley, including Seven Bar & Grill in Lakeside with Chef Eric Larson onSeptember 17, the Belton Chalet in West Glacier with Chef Melissa Mangold on September 20, Latitude 48 in Whitefish with Chef Jason Geer on September 21 and Marina Cay in Bigfork with Chef Brook Robison on September 22. Tickets for these events are $100 per person.  A select number of dinners in private residences are also planned around the valley. To inquire about ticket availability for these events, call 756-3632.

The festival will culminate with the Grand Wine Tasting and Rally for Student Scholarships at the Hilton Garden Inn on September 24. The event will feature 200 local and regional wines for tasting, culinary stations for dining and special showcased cuisine prepared and served by FVCC’s culinary faculty and students. A silent auction will highlight FVCC faculty and student art, entertainment, classes, services and culinary experiences, in addition to a wide selection of community donated fine wine and spirits, travel, entertainment and sports opportunities. A live auction will feature unique culinary and travel experiences including a week-long stay in a Tuscan villa in Italy and a private dinner at the home of FVCC Chef Howard Karp. Tickets for the Grand Wine Tasting are $100 per person or $750 for a table of 10.

To view menus and auction items or purchase tickets, visit www.fvcc.edu/festival or call 756-3632. All prices include dinner, wine/brew pairings and gratuity. To learn more about the FVCC Foundation Scholarship program or establishing a scholarship at FVCC, contact Colleen Unterreiner at 756-3914 or colleenu@fvcc.edu .