Win tickets to Estes Park Winter Festival including beer, wine & chili tasting

Estes Park Winter Festival ice castle

The Estes Park Winter Festival is fun for the entire family. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

The 3rd Annual Estes Park Winter Festival runs Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 15, 2012.

Last year, my husband and I decided to randomly check out this event without really knowing what to expect, and we had so much fun! In addition to the interactive ice castle, which is really great for kids, we loved the chili cook off. I think we sampled over forty green and red chilis. The hot green chilis are always my favorite and there were some memorable ones with a good kick.

The event starts on Friday night with a Céilidh Barn dance and outdoor bonfire that includes cowboy poetry and ghost stories, hot chocolate and s’mores. This event is free and sponsored by Estes Park Weddings.

Estes Park Winter Festival chili cook-off

Last year's chili cook off attracted more than forty competitors. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

The next day is Winter Trails day at Rocky Mountain National Park and the two days of live music, chili, beer and wine tasting commence at the Estes Park Winter Festival. This event has become so popular it has been moved from Bond Park to the heated, enclosed pavilion at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. This has allowed the festival organizers to increase the size and scope of this event and I can’t wait to attend again this year! To read the entire schedule of events planned for Winter Festival, go here.

Admission to Estes Park Winter Festival is just $5, and this includes chili tasting. For $25 you can purchase festival admission that includes chili tasting and the extensive beer and wine tasting. Purchase tickets here.

And now for the really, really good part”¦ you can enter here to win admission for two to this event. One luck winner will receive two $25 full admission tickets that include beer and wine tasting. ID required at the door.

Estes Park Winter Festival beer photo

Estes Park Winter Festival includes an extensive beer and wine tasting. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

Just leave a comment below telling me if you prefer green or red chili and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to this fantastic Estes Park  event. Feel free to tell us who makes your favorite chili, whether it be a restaurant, family member or friend.

I think I make a darn good red chili, but my friend Lara, of Fly By Chili,  makes my favorite green chili.

A winner will be chosen at random this Friday, January 6, at approximately 3 p.m.

Join the Estes Park Winter Festival on Facebook  and  check out more photos from last year’s Estes Park Winter Festival on HeidiTown’s Facebook page.

Good luck!


Website Comments

  1. Jennifer Kenline

    I prefer red chili but nothing too spicy. It’s all about flavor. Happy New Year!

  2. Lara

    Awwww Mayor! I prefer Green Chile – Hot, but flavorful, and I like my own if I do say so myself.

  3. Brian

    Green Chili! Gravity 1020 at FCB makes some amazing green chili even though it is not a full time thing.

  4. Claudia McGee

    As a transplanted Texan, I prefer red, and thick, chewy bits of meat! Honestly, this is nuts, but my ex-husband made the best chili I have ever had – and it may be that it’s been two decades since I have enjoyed it…but it gets better in my head, and I try to replicate it yearly!

  5. Lauren

    Super spicy green chili!!! Pick me, I only had 28 days off in 2011, I need a break! haha

  6. Sterling S.

    Mix’em together, or give them to me separate…I will dominate all chili! Love them both.

  7. Nathan

    Red Chili All the way!!

    Unless i’m having burritos then it has to be green!!

    Do I really have to choose Heidi?

  8. Dana Komorowski

    I prefer RED! The hotter the better 🙂
    Thanks again for another Give Away! Heiditown is the BEST!!!!!!!

  9. Kathleen

    My husband makes the best red chili! It’s my favorite! Love being married to man who is a fabulous cook : )

  10. Ellen

    hmmm….tough choice! I love MY green chile, but its not for the purists really. Red chile made with chunks of beef (not hamburger) is also delish. Spicy is good as long as you can still TASTE it.

  11. jess

    I love both red chile and green chile just depends on what the weather is like and if i want the hubby to have gas or not. lol

  12. Dane

    I like my chili mixed, a little red and a little green…… not too hot and not to mild. You could call it the Goldilocks chili!!!!!!

  13. Katie Boué

    This sounds fantastic! I just moved out to the Rockies from Florida, so I had never heard of green chili until recently. I need to continue sampling before I can make a solid statement on my favorite – but Bull & Bush in Denver makes a mean green chili served over mashed potatoes, yum.

  14. Rachael

    Green chili is amazing, especially in this part of the country. The spicier, the better!

  15. kelley

    I l.o.v.e. green chile. love. My dad makes the best green chile ever, but alas, I did not inherit his wonderful cooking skills. Good thing he’ll still make it for me.

  16. shannon l

    Green is my fave, but I haven’t found a favorite yet, though Annie’s in Denver is a darn good start.

  17. Carole Baker

    I love love love green chili! Best I ever had was in Santa Fe. Pick me and I’ll make your wildest dreams come true. I just moved to CO in June and free tickets to an event is just what I need…trying to do everything, go everywhere and explore this beautiful state! Thanks! Muah!

  18. Cory

    Red for sure; verde never strikes my fancy. How many vendors are represented at the festival?

    • The Mayor

      There were around 40 chiili cooks, but also about 8 other vendors selling homemade salsas and jewelry and such. They have moved the venue this year, so I think they will be able to accommodate even more of everything this year!

  19. Jamie S

    Green chili!!!! With amazing powerful flavor… Ooooh nothing beats it! I’ve been waiting for a good chili cook off and this looks like my kind of time!

  20. Jen

    Love, love, love me some chili cook-offs. One of my family’s random traditions would be to head up to the Chugwater Chili Cookoff to bear not only the sizzling temperatures, but often plenty of sizzling chili submissions as well.

    I’d have to say my favorite local green chili has to be from Santiago’s…it goes on just about anything. 🙂

  21. Angie

    Green chili!!! My favorite chili is made by my mother in law! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  22. Tina

    I love green chili!! We love Estes park and don’t get up there often enough!! Crossing my fingers to win!

  23. The Mayor

    The WINNER is Shannon Hein!!! She has been notified via email.

    Thank you to everyone who entered. This was a very popular giveaway!!! In case you were wondering, I pick a winner by using this website:

    For those of you who didn’t win, remember, to get into this festival and taste chili it’s just $5!!! If you want to taste wine and beer, tickets are $25.

    Tickets will be available at the door, but you can pre-purchase tickets here:

    I hope to see you there!!!

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