SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Two first-ever events will return to Sierra Vista over Memorial Day weekend, inviting visitors and residents to find adventure in the sky islands and sample some of Arizona's best wines, beers, and spirits.
Married under the new name "Sips & Skies," the City of Sierra Vista's Wine, Beer, & Spirits Festival and Sky Islands Summit Challenge will both take place on Saturday, May 26. They are followed up on Sunday, May 27, by a wine-tasting tour, which is already sold out, and an outdoor breakfast buffet at the Landmark Café.
The events enjoyed strong turnout during their first year in 2017 and are poised to grow in 2018. There are already more than 100 people signed up to tackle one, two, or three peaks in the Huachuca Mountains in the Sky Islands Summit Challenge, compared to 54 in the event's first year. The Wine, Beer, & Spirits Festival has also seen about twice as many advance ticket sales to date and is expected to surpass last year's attendance of nearly 3,000 people
"These events showcase Sierra Vista's extraordinary outdoor recreation and unique sky island environment, while also positioning our community as a central hub in the middle of Arizona's premiere wine growing regions," says Judy Hector, marketing and public affairs manager for the City. "It's the perfect opportunity for visitors to spend a long holiday weekend in Sierra Vista as they explore attractions in Sierra Vista and throughout Cochise County."
Detailed information about all the Sips & Skies events is available at www.VisitSierraVista.com, on the "Sierra Vista Sips & Skies" Facebook page, and at www.eventbrite.com by searching for "Sips & Skies." Sips & Skies is sponsored by Herald/Review Media and the Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative.
If you go
The Wine, Beer, & Spirits Festival will take place in Veterans Memorial Park from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with live music offered throughout the festival.
More than a dozen wineries, breweries, and distilleries will participate in the festival. Tickets are available for $15 in advance or $20 at the gate, which includes a wine glass and six wine or liquor sampling tickets. Craft beer will be sold by the glass. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
The Sky Islands Summit Challenge will begin early Saturday morning and the fees vary from $50 to $100 depending on whether participants tackle one, two, or three peaks (Carr Peak, Miller Peak, and Pat Scott Peak). Shuttle transportation to and from the trailheads is provided and everyone will begin the hike by ascending the Hamburg Trail in Ramsey Canyon Preserve and will finish via the Miller Canyon Trail.
All participants will receive an event shirt, two beer tickets for the Wine, Beer, & Spirits Festival, and a swag bag. Tickets are available on www.eventbrite.com by searching for "Sips & Skies – Sky Islands Summit Challenge."
The outdoor breakfast buffet hosted by the Landmark Café will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 27. Tickets are $25 and include an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and complimentary mimosa or glass of champagne. Go to www.eventbrite.com and search for "Outdoor Breakfast Buffet" to learn more.
Collectible Sips & Skies Poster
Visitors to the Wine, Beer, & Spirits Festival can also purchase a collectible art poster reproduction of "Huachuca Skies Sunset," an original oil painting created by local artist Xo Terra for Sips & Skies weekend.
The 22'' x 28'' art quality posters are each numbered and signed by the artist. Posters will be available at the Wine, Beer, & Spirits Festival for sale or pickup. They can be pre-ordered online for $20. Just search for "Sips & Skies" on www.eventbrite.com.