Featured Festival Mountain Harvest Festival 2017, Paonia, Colorado, Chili Cookoff - photo credit Nyssa Yassa

There’s a little spot on Colorado’s Western Slope that’s home to flocks of sheep, fields of vegetables and orchards of fruit. Things move a little slower here and that’s just the way the people of the North Fork Valley like it. There are no freeways and very few stop lights; it’s a bit like going back in time, but better. Mountain Harvest Festival is a celebration of the bounty of

Loveland Oktoberfest

Call me an Oktoberfest snob, but I believe it takes more than beer and pretzels to make a great Oktoberfest. This year, Loveland Oktoberfest, held at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, has many of the right ingredients to be called the best Oktoberfest in Northern Colorado. Of course, it’s about the bier First of all, Oktoberfest is about good beer and Loveland’s festival will feature six of the city’s award winning breweries, and

Featured Festival ArtoCade 2017, Sept. 8-10 (6)

Creative, ingenious, colorful, crafty, artistic and kooky are all words I would use to describe ArtoCade in Trinidad, Colorado. Squish all those words together and you’ve got one very entertaining festival in a truly fantastic town. We were lucky enough to make it to ArtoCade last September, and since then, I’ve written about our Trinidad experience a number of times including “Trinidad, Colorado, It’s Not What You Think,” which has

Featured Festival Glenn Miller Swing Fest. Photo by Jon A Yamamoto

I think swing music is happy music, and that’s why I love the Glenn Miller Swing Festival in Fort Morgan, Colorado. This is a happy event that celebrates one of this town’s favorite sons, Glenn Miller. World famous big band musician, Glenn Miller, went to high school in Fort Morgan. The story goes, in addition to football, as a high schooler, Miller loved music and skipped his own graduation ceremony

Featured Festival Farm to Fiddle Summer Festival Jeneve Rose Mitchell courtesy photo HeidiTown.com

There are many things to love about the North Fork Valley of Delta County and the Farm to Fiddle Summer Festival (August 11-12, 2017) is at the top of that list. This festival was brand new last year, and from the moment I heard the name, I knew they had a good thing going. Farm to Fiddle Summer Festival takes place in the lovely village of Hotchkiss, Colorado, located about

Featured Festival BrüFrouFEST 2017, Denver, Colorado - HeidiTown - steak & dark beer

BrüFrouFEST was my husband’s favorite event of 2016, and that’s really saying something because we go to a lot of events. I loved it too. What’s not to love about food and drink pairings? And this is not your average “taste of” kind of event. BrüFrouFEST inspires chefs and brewers to take food and drink pairings to the next level — and they do. Last year, we wandered through the

Crested Butte Center For The Arts Wine and Food Festival 2016. (Photo/Nathan Bilow)

UPDATED with 2018 DATES on JUNE 5 I write a lot about beer because Colorado is filled to the brim with great craft beer. However, our wine scene is pretty spectacular too and I happen to love wine, so here’s a collection of five spectacular wine festivals that are taking place this summer in some of Colorado’s most beautiful towns. Telluride Wine Festival, June 28-July 1, 2018 TellurideWineFestival.com Telluride’s remoteness

Hops & Harley 2016 (3)

As many of you know, I’m a passionate dog-lover. I believe strongly in the dog/human bond and that’s why it’s inconceivable to me that some people abuse these wonderful animals. Puppy mills are a form of abuse. If you have any doubts, read the story of the little puppy mill rescue dog that inspired Hops & Harley. Five years ago, the first Hops & Harley occurred in the taproom of City

Festival Survival Guide for Smart People. Snowmass Mammoth Festival, Colorado. HeidiTown.com

It’s that time of year. What time of year? It’s time to party! I’ve spent years telling you to never forget sunscreen and to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, so I decided to write a different sort of festival survival guide. Without further ado, here’s my festival survival guide for smart people. Festival Apps are the Bomb Many festivals now have an app to help you get around their event. These apps

Front Range Rally Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, Mayor of HeidiTown

If you like craft beer and food, you won’t want to miss Front Range Rally, one of Northern Colorado’s biggest and best beer festivals. I’ve been attending this event for a number of years and it’s one of our favorite Colorado beer festivals.  The nitty gritty details There are currently 44 breweries signed up to attend Front Range Rally in Loveland, Colorado. There are also nine vendors featuring other beverages such