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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.

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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.

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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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Win tickets to WineDown the Summer wine tasting event

wine glassSummer is quickly coming to a close… were you able to make the most of it?  I certainly hope so. Here’s another chance to enjoy the last moments of summer with some delicious wine, food and music.

It’s the 4th Annual WineDown the Summer at  Chapungu Sculpture Park in Loveland, Colorado. This sculpture park is an oasis just east of the Promenade Shops at Centerra, and the perfect place to celebrate the end of a lovely Colorado summer. The park includes over eighty Shona African stone sculpture and I highly recommend bringing your camera because the landscape is breathtaking – especially at sunset.

This event takes place on Friday, September 9, from 6 to 9 p.m.

WineDown the Summer is a wine tasting event that also features food from various local restaurants, beer for those non-wine drinkers and music. This year’s band is the Adam Bodine Trio, a jazz group.

A portion of the event proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Partners Mentoring Youth. The proceeds will be applied to Partners Christmas for Kids event taking place on December 3, 2011. Christmas for Kids provides 200 Junior Partners with an unforgettable holiday experience with their Senior Partners not typically experienced in their homes.

Tickets for WineDown the Summer at Centerra are $30/person or $50/couple and can be purchased online (credit cards accepted) at  www.localwineevents.com or in person (cash only) at Engaging Loveland,  Bentley’s Liquor and The Promenade Shops at Centerra -Main Office.

Now here is your chance to win tickets to this enchanted summer evening of wine, music and food.

Just leave me a comment here on the blog and tell me your favorite memory from this summer and be entered to win two tickets to WineDown the Summer.  The winner will be chosen at random this Friday at 3 p.m.  Good luck!

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The 6th Annual Taste of Loveland

Island Grill at the Taste of Loveland, Colorado

Island Grill's owners serve up their popular fish tacos at the 5th Annual Taste of Loveland. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer. All rights reserved.

My husband and I attended this event last year and ate ourselves silly – it was so much fun!

This event has not been well advertised. In fact, I’ve been watching their website for date information and it was only recently updated with the date of the event which is next Thursday, April 7, 2011.

The Taste of Loveland is held at Embassy Suites and  features multiple restaurants from around the area, as well as beer and wine vendors.  Once you’ve paid your entry fee of $35, you can simply wander around and eat and drink from any of the vendors. It’s delightfully indulgent and slightly gluttonous.

I wasn’t able to get in touch with anyone about the details of this year’s event, but I do know that one of my favorite breweries will be there, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse of Loveland.

For more information on this event, read my review from last year’s event here.

You can purchase tickets to the 6th Annual Taste of Loveland at Thompson Valley Liquors, House of Spirits, Rowe’s or at the Foothills Service League website.

 

Dining events mean big deals for you

Who doesn’t like a dining event? The Mayor certainly does.

Denver has Denver Restaurant Week, Feb. 26 – March 11, 2011, where diners can enjoy amazing meals all over town for $52.80. For a list of participating restaurants go to www.denver.org.

Starting on March 1, residents of Northern Colorado can enjoy two dining events. First up  Great Plates runs March 1-14, 2011. Restaurants around downtown Fort Collins offer unique dinner specials for $25.25. My personal favorite during this two week extravaganza of eating are the pizza and beer deals, but there are so many Great Plates deals it’s hard not to want to try them all.

For a listing of participating restaurants and to see menus visit www.downtownfortcollins.com.

(In celebration of Great Plates, next week the Mayor will be giving away a gift certificate to a fabulous restaurant in Fort Collins – stay tuned!).

Last, but not least, during the entire month of March, on every Thursday, you are invited to Savor Estes Park. This restaurant event celebrates the unique tastes Estes Park has to offer. Here is the most amazing thing about Savor Estes Park, your small meal will  cost just $3, and includes a soda, beer or glass of wine. Participants are encouraged to try two to three restaurants each Thursday.

This is a fun and easy way to try multiple restaurants in Northern Colorado’s very own little resort community. Twenty-seven restaurants are participating in this yummy event. To find out what restaurants are participating and to rate each one, visit http://www.enjoyestespark.com/savorestes.php.

A tip from the Mayor: I get my restaurant info from Feasting Fort Collins, the home of Northern Colorado’s premiere food critic.

Thank you to Feasting Fort Collins for letting me be a guest blogger today!  Read my guest blog on the site HERE.

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