No matter when you plan to visit Aspen, Colorado — winter, spring, summer or fall — plan to spend some time and money on dining. You won’t regret it.
Before we visited this winter, I had no idea Aspen was such a foodie town, and I’m not kidding when I suggest that you should go there and eat all the things. Seriously, forget about the diet and don’t cry over carbs, just eat everything and be happy.
While nothing in Aspen is cheap, the bar is set high for good food in this resort town, and it’s nearly impossible to have a bad meal here.
Of course, when at Meat & Cheese, a restaurant and farm shop, you must order the Meat & Cheese board, which serves two, and follow it up with one of the restaurant’s creative entrees such as coffee chocolate rubbed short ribs or the rotisserie chicken (the best I’ve ever had). Continue reading
It’s time for another HeidiTown.com segment on KRFC 88.9 FM. This one covers Colorado events and festival for September 9-11, 2011. If you are looking for things to do in Colorado you don’t have to look any farther.
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This year, Summerfest in the Rockies will kick off on July 8, 2011 with Spirits at Sunset. This is a twist on their usual wine tasting event. With a unique new distillery now open in Loveland, as well as a new brewery, the organizers thought it would be fun to highlight these two small businesses.
The evening will be an interactive beer and spirits tasting with drinks provided by Dancing Pines Distillery and Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (two of the Mayor’s favorites!). The soiree will feature food by Taste Catering infused with liquors from DP and beers from Grimm. Dessert will be provided by I Dream of Cupcakes. After Midnight, an award winning jazz and swing band, will set the mood for this spectacular evening.
Guests at this event will witness the unveiling of the newest Loveland HeART, sponsored by Ozzie’s Body Shop.
This event will be held Friday, July 8, at the Foote Lagoon in downtown Loveland, Colorado from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission to Spirits at Sunset is $35/person and $55/couple, and tickets can be purchased here.
I’m very excited to be giving away a pair of tickets to this exclusive event. Just leave a comment telling me why you’d like to attend Spirits at Sunset. A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, June 24 at 3 p.m.
Check out all the fun in store at this year’s Summerfest in the Rockies here.
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Held annually on the second weekend in July, this year (2011) will be the 5th SummerFest celebration. Held at Civic Center Park/Foote Lagoon in Loveland, Colorado, this community event features a smorgasbord of activities, and always kicks off with a Friday night event to remember.
Continue reading about Summer Fest here and get a hint about an exciting upcoming HeidiTown giveaway.
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Held annual on the second weekend in July, this year (2010) will be the 4th SummerFest celebration. This community celebration features a smorgasbord of events, including an opening evening of wine and music on Friday, July 9.
This event is hosted by World Beverage and kicks off the weekend with attendees enjoying samples of over 600 wines, appetizers and live music, all in the tranquil ambiance of Foote Lagoon in downtown Loveland. Get tickets at www.engagingloveland.com.
The rest of SummerFest weekend is free and fun for the entire family. It’s chockablock with far too many activities to list here. There’s live music, a car show, salsa tasting, beer garden, arts and craft vendors and much more. Saturday evening ends with a performance by That Eighties Band and a fireworks display at the Foote Lagoon.
The amusements continue on Sunday.
For an entire schedule of events, visit www.engagingloveland.com/event/summerfest.
HeidiTown Tip: Be sure to hop on over to 5th & Cleveland on Friday and Saturday to indulge in Loveland Loves Barbecue.
Barbecue is popular in Colorado. Maybe it’s our proximity Kansas, or maybe it’s the Texas influence, but for whatever reason, we have our fair share of barbecue fanatics.
I’ve researched and put together this list of summer barbecue festivals in Colorado. If you know of others, please let me know so that I can add them to this list.
Royal George Holy Smoke Bar-B-Que Showdown
June 11-12, 2010
Canon City, Colorado
17th Annual Colorado BBQ Challenge
June 17-19, 2010
Loveland Loves Barbecue
July 9-10, 2010
BBQ at the Summit
August 6-7, 2010
Pork & Hops
September 10-11, 2010
Grand Junction, Colorado
If you live in Northern Colorado, and love barbecue, Loveland is the place to be this weekend. The event, held in downtown Loveland at Fifth and Cleveland, starts today at noon and runs through tomorrow evening.
This is the third year for the Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned event. Each year, the event draws more competitors and more hungry barbecue fans. 49 teams are scheduled to compete in this year’s event. Admission is free, and food is purchased with $1 poker chips.
We attended Loveland Loves Barbecue for the first time last year, and were seriously impressed. Downtown was buzzing and the smell of smoking meat permeated the air. We made our way slowly through the event, eating pulled pork sandwiches and sampling from different vendors and competitors – it was a perfect way to spend an afternoon and we plan to do it again this year.
The 24th Annual Cherry Pie Celebration will also be held tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Peter’s Park (503 N. Lincoln Ave., outside the Loveland Museum Gallery). Pies, ice cream and beverages will be available to purchase and admission is free.
Both the barbecue and cherry pie events run simultaneously with Summer Fest in the Rockies, a wine, food and music event held at the Foote Lagoon at Civic Center Park, just east of downtown. For more on Summerfest visit, Engaging Loveland’s Website.
Also tonight, Night on the Town, Loveland’s very own art walk. Galleries and shops put out a spread of food and drinks to entice customers into their stores, and several downtown restaurants run Night on the Town specials.
All four events are within walking distance of one another.
Need help finding downtown Loveland? From I25, go West on Eisenhower Blvd. (Hwy 34) approximately 4.3 miles to Cleveland Avenue. Turn South (left) onto Cleveland. You will run right into historic downtown Loveland, located on and around 4th Street.
Loveland may be known for sculpture, but it’s quickly gaining a reputation as a place for great barbecue!
Loveland Loves Barbecue 2008
(photos by H. M. Kerr-Schlaefer)