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Meet Me in Meeker, Part Two: Staying & Dining in Meeker, Colorado

Last week, I shared with you part one of my two-part “Meet Me in Meeker” series. In last week’s post, I wrote about the surprisingly vibrant downtown we encountered. Click here to read it. This week, I want to introduce you to where we ate, drank and stayed in this fun little northwest Colorado town.

Meet Me in Meeker, Part Two Staying & Dining in Meeker, Colorado (10)

As a reminder, we were in town for the Jammin’ Lamb Festival, a culinary event that’s part of the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials which I wrote about here. I’d been invited to town to be a judge for Jammin’ Lamb Festival.

After discovering all the neat stores in downtown Meeker, we drove the short distance to 8th Street to find our bed and breakfast. Festival organizers had booked us a room at the Bear Mountain Inn. Cheryl Houser welcomes guests into her home as if each one were a long-lost friend. Her husband Dale and son Toby are also very sociable and accommodating to guests. Continue reading

Featured Festival: BrüFrouFEST 2017, Denver, Colorado

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.

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

Photo courtesy of BrüFrouFEST.

Last year, we wandered through the event, increasingly impressed by what we were putting in our mouths. Verboten Brewing’s Cucumber Gose paired with Harman’s Eat & Drink’s salmon pastrami with dill cream cheese mousse, avocado, brewers rye crisp, pickled mustard seed and cilantro was my favorite on the day.

Bru Frou 2016. HeidiTown (2)

However, there were other standouts too including the Bristol Brewing Company Roggenbier paired with saffron banana steamed mussels with Aurelia chorizo and crumbled rye (food by Brother Luck). Obviously, I love seafood, but there were lots of other pairings as well, including last course options.

Featured Festival BrüFrouFEST 2017, Denver, Colorado - HeidiTown - Mussels & chorizo

The Bristol Brewing & Brother Luck pairing in 2016.

Ryan couldn’t get enough of the Copper Kettle Mexican Chocolate Stout pair with spicy chocolate cake from The Rosedale Tavern.

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Spicy Chocolate Cake. Photo courtesy of BrüFrouFEST.

BrüFrouFEST is for foodies and foodie wannabes, and the brewers and chefs that are involved take this event very seriously.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse is thrilled to be pairing their beer with cuisine by Euclid Hall at this year’s event and I can’t wait to taste the result of this stellar combination. Verboten also got a great pairing this year – Blackbelly Market out of Boulder. Only good things can come from that collaboration.

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Photo courtesy of BrüFrouFEST.

While the food will continue to be spectacular, some things at this year’s BrüFrouFEST will be a little different. For instance, they are holding it outdoors at Tivoli Station in downtown Denver. They’ve also moved it from Saturday to Sunday to make it easier for chefs to be away from their restaurants on the day of the event. And it takes place from 12 to 5, as opposed to in the evening. Lastly, they’ve added craft beer cocktails from some of the region’s finest mixologists. 

Chefs are coming from as far as Vail to participate and compete and overall, there are 125 chefs and breweries and 80 unique pairings. In addition, six bands will be in attendance to keep things lively when the meat sleeps start to kick in.

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Photo courtesy of BrüFrouFEST.

This is the largest culinary event of its kind in the country, so you really, really, really don’t want to miss it. Seriously, my husband talked about this one for months; obviously, it makes an impression. This year, tickets start at just $35, so you’ve got no excuse not to be there.

BrüFrouFEST 2017

BruFrou.com

SUNDAY, July 16, 2017

12 to 5 p.m. at Tivoli Station

Denver, Colorado

Get BrüFrouFEST tickets NOW

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Getting Foodie in Fort Collins at Jessup Farm Artisan Village

When I was asked to join a Local Table Tours outing at Jessup Farm Artisan Village in Fort Collins, I jumped at the opportunity to explore this unique Northern Colorado destination.

Getting Foodie in Fort Collins at Jessup Farm Artisan Village

Jessup Farm was a working farm built at the turn of the century. In 2011, the Campana family of Bellisimo Inc. rehabilitated the property and repurposed the buildings to house modern-day businesses scattered around like a village. Today the property is home to multiple small businesses, a flock of chickens and a large garden.

Getting Foodie in Fort Collins at Jessup Farm Artisan Village (10) HeidiTown

Chicken coop at Jessup Farm Artisan Village

According to Steven Sorensen, a Campana family member and part of Bellisimo Inc., when the family first conceived of the plan for Artisan Village, they didn’t visualize it as a destination for anyone other than those who lived in surrounding neighborhoods. Continue reading

What’s happening in Colorado this weekend, June 8-10, 2012 (HeidiTown on the radio)

the Mayor in a blue car at Colorado Nationals

The Mayor of HeidiTown at the 2011 Colorado Nationals. Photo by Ryan Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

It’s another great Colorado weekend with events that will suit every taste and every age group.

The following is the transcript from my weekly radio show on  KRFC  88.9 FM. If you’d rather listen to the show,  click here.

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Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about festivals, events and destinations around Colorado.

This is the line up for June 8 through the 10th, 2012, and now that the festival season is in full swing I urge you to hook up with me on Facebook and Twitter, because it’s an impossible task to share everything I’d like to share here on the radio show.

First up, it’s the Taste of Fort Collins this weekend. Food events take place around the state and it seems most towns now have one and these festivals are a great way to introduce your taste buds to new restaurants in your community.

Taste of Fort Collins LogoFort Collins has a thriving food scene and new restaurants are cropping up every month. 41 restaurants are participating in this year’s Taste of Fort Collins. Marketed as a family-friendly event, festival goers can even vote on their favorite restaurant at the Taste. Last year’s People’s Choice winner was Jax Fish House. For more on this two-day tasty affair go to TasteofFortCollins.com.

I’m not a car nut and I can’t tell you the first thing about an engine, however, I LOVE vintage cars, so I really enjoy attending the Colorado Nationals held at The Ranch in Loveland every year.

The event features over 1500 rods, custom, classic and muscle cars through 1972. There are vendor and manufacturers exhibits, a swap meet, a model and pedal car show, an autocross competition that’s very exciting and a lot more.

Even if you aren’t a gearhead, I know you’ll have fun at the 15th Annual Colorado Nationals running this Friday through Sunday. Get all the details at Good-Guys.com, look under Events.

The famous Greeley Blues Jam is upon us. It starts in downtown Greeley this Friday and then the ticketed event is Saturday at Island Grove. Eleven hours of nonstop blues awaits the avid fans of this annual music festival. Learn more at GreeleyBluesJam.com.

Two events are happening in the tiny but fabulous town of Lyons, Colorado this weekend. It’s the Lyons Outdoor Games and the Oskar Blues Burning Can Festival is back. The games were created 11 years ago to celebrate mountains sports such as kayaking, mountain biking, fly fishing, chainsaw carving and more. There are numerous clinics and exhibitions by some of the world’s most elite athletes.

The Burning Can is a festival of CANNED beer featuring over 25 breweries. This is the perfect weekend to be in Lyons, check it all out online at LyonsOutdoorGames.com.

It’s Wool Festival in Estes June 9 and 10. This is one of the largest all-natural fiber markets in North America featuring demos, contests, a children’s tents, exhibits and the sale of fiber animals like alpacas. In its 22nd year, this event draws more than 10,000 to the beautiful town of Estes Park, Colorado. One of the more interesting features of this event is that you can learn how to pack a llama for hiking of hunting. I’ve always thought it would be fun to hike the backcountry with a llama. Learn more at EstesParkCVB.com.

Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur Colorado

The joust at the Colorado Renaissance Festival is a highly anticipated event involving a lot of cheering and jeering from the crowd. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer

Two popular summer festivals get underway this weekend including my personal favorite the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur running through the end of July, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder running through mid-August.

It’s Parker Days this weekend, a family event that has been taking place in Parker, Colorado for thirty years. There’s a parade, carnival, and tons of activities for all ages. More at ParkerDaysFestival.com.

There is a fun fest taking place in southwest Colorado this weekend, a destination that should be on your radar this summer. June 7 through 10th is the 34th Annual Pioneer Days in Crawford, Colorado. Outhouse races are the highlight of this celebration of the wild west that also features lots of live entertainment, vendors, a Cowboy Cook-off, parade and lots more family fun. Learn more at CrawfordCounty.org.

As a reminder, if you are looking for ways to keep the kiddos busy this summer, be sure to check out your local museum. Many are offering workshops, exhibits and other programs aimed at entertaining and educating children.

That’s all the time I have for this week’s radio show. Be sure to join me on Facebook at HeidiTown.comonFB and follow me on Twitter for more festival and event information. The town is also on Google Plus.

Thank you for listening! Until next week I hope to see you online or at a festival near you!

"Julie & Julia" the perfect excuse for a girls' night

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As my girlfriends will tell you, I need no  excuse to organize a girls’ night out, but “Julie  & Julia,” coming to theaters this Friday, is the perfect excuse!

For a  brief, yet wonderful,  moment in time, I belonged to a recipe club. At our first “club” meeting, we spent three delightful hours talking about all things food-related: our favorite televisions chefs, our culinary inspirations and our cooking success and fiascos. We spent over an hour passing around our “tried and true” recipes and giving brief (and sometimes lengthy) descriptions of where the recipe came from as well as our experiences with the recipe. We laughed until our faces hurt. To deem the party a success would be an understatement.

The Med in Boulder, ColoradoWe would meet, once a month, at a different the  club member’s house to  share recipes and food. We even took a “field trip” to The Med in Boulder, Colorado, to partake in tapas. Tapas is the Spanish name given to a wide variety of appetizers. Sitting on the patio, we tried everything from Datiles con Tocino (bacon wrapped dates) to Catalan Shrimp (shrimp swimming in olive oil infused with red pepper and garlic).

When I saw the previews for “Julie & Julia,” I decided this was the perfect opportunity to get the group back together for  some wine  and appetizers at a local restaurant. Then we will head to our local theater to see the film.

The perfect girls’ night out?   I think so.

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