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The most highly anticipated dining experience of the year takes place right on Main Street — make that the center of Main Street — when guests gather for the largest dinner party in the state. A long, al fresco table runs down the street, accommodating over 2,500 guests who gather for a meal as the sun sets behind Main Street.

The experience is unforgettable, and the event, which is aptly named Savor the Summit, is put on by the Park City Area Restaurant Association. This year, the fun takes place on June 24, and like years past, local restaurants will serve hungry guests at a once-in-a-lifetime night on Main Street.

“The board that manages the restaurant association wanted to create an event in the shoulder season that would drive visitors and dining guests to support the restaurant community during the slower time of year,” says Ginger Wicks, the executive director of the Park City Area Restaurant Association. “In the early years, it was part of the jazz festival, which eventually went away, but Savor continued on.”

The historic Main Street provides the perfect backdrop for what is always a memorable experience. Diners can make a reservation at any of the participating restaurants, which each offer their own menus, set their own prices and put together an exquisite tablescape. You may be at one long table, but your experience depends on what restaurant you booked and where you’re seated.

Meagan Nash, whose restaurant Handle has participated in Savor the Summit the last four years, says her favorite aspect of the event is the energy it brings to Main Street and the community feel it provides. Meanwhile, Chef Bob Valaika at Shabu says he’s participated in Savor the Summit since it started and that “making insanely tasty food is our focus.” He notes that even though the dinner party takes place outside in the middle of summer it “hasn’t ever rained on the event.”

Locals and out-of-towners can make a weekend out of Savor the Summit by visiting the popular Park Silly Sunday Market the following day.

“Savor has become the kickoff to the summer season for the Park City community and it is an amazing, outdoor culinary festival,” Ginger says. “All the restaurants move out into the street and create their own unique dining atmosphere. All the revenue that the restaurants make stay with them. It gives them a way to retain employees.”