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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.

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.

Featured Festival BrüFrouFEST 2017, Denver, Colorado - HeidiTown - Chocolate Cake

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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Christmas in Ouray, It’s Not Too Early to Start Planning

There are still 144 days until Christmas, so please don’t panic, however, it’s never too soon to plan holiday travel. And after this summer heatwave we’ve been experiencing, a cool down in the beautiful village of Ouray, Colorado sounds heavenly.

Spend Christmas in Ouray, photo by Dan Navakowski

Photo by Dan Navakowski & used with permission.

Imagine spending a wintry weekend surrounded by snowy peaks in Ouray, Colorado. Snowshoe on a local trail, enjoy a delicious meal or cozy up with a warm whiskey drink at KJ Wood Distillers. Top it all off with Ouray’s Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival.

Discounted tickets to Ouray’s Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival

The Annual Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival takes place during Ouray’s Winterfest, a seven-week holiday season of events and promotions. It starts after Thanksgiving and last through the Ouray Ice Festival in January. Festive activities take place throughout Winterfest, including Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival.

Spend Christmas in Ouray at Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival. HeidiTown.com

This blog post is your chance to purchase discounted tickets to Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival, and to start planning your winter getaway in Ouray.

This year’s event takes place on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

This festival features Colorado wines, chocolate and cheeses, and has expanded to include local craft distillers and arts and crafts. Of course, there’s live music too and this year’s festival theme is 1930’s Swing.

Ouray’s Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival is a beautiful way to ring in the holidays with a few of everyone’s favorite things. And it’s also an opportunity to purchase last minute Colorado gifts for all your favorite people.

Spend Christmas in Ouray. Cheese table at Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival. HeidiTown.com

Click here and enter “HeidiTown” into the “Enter Promotional Code” box to receive a 10% discount on your 2016 tickets to Ouray’s Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival. Promotion runs through August 31, 2016.

Ouray’s Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival is online at ColoradoWineFest.org.

Start planning your visit to Ouray at OurayColorado.com.

Each year, Ouray’s Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival supports a local non-profit and this year’s benefactor is Weehawken Creative Arts, helping kids and adults in Ouray County and neighboring communities discover their creative potential through the arts.

Winterfest is supported by the Annual Ouray Jeep Raffle, a half-century-long community fundraiser that gives participants the opportunity to win a jeep.

Faith Perry at Ouray's Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival. HeidiTown.com

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Fun Foodie Festivals in Colorado

When people think of Colorado, food isn’t what immediately comes to most minds, but the state is brimming with delicious, fresh food during the summer. If you’d like to celebrate the bounty of Colorado, look no further than these foodie festivals taking place across the state over the next few months.

Telluride Mushroom Festival photo by Michelle Ellis Photography 1

Telluride Mushroom Festival by Michelle Ellis Photography.

Like strawberry shortcake? Strawberry ice cream? How about simple, fresh strawberries straight off the vine? Strawberry Days in Glenwood Springs is a small town picnic that has evolved into a big summer party.

Taking place June 17-19, 2016, the event features music, an arts and crafts fair, a carnival, a parade and free strawberries and ice cream. This festival is what small town America is all about.

Photo by Robin Proctor, used with permission by the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Photo by Robin Proctor, used with permission by the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Cherry pie is my husband’s favorite, so I need to take him to Paonia Cherry Days in beautiful and bountiful Delta County, Colorado. The event takes place over the Fourth of July holiday (July 1-4, 2016) and there’s a whole slew of events taking place including a cherry pie eating contest, because it wouldn’t be a cherry festival without one. Continue reading

Featured Festival: Front Range Rally, May 28, 2016

Coloradans have lots of choices when it comes to beer festivals. On any given summer weekend there are three or more beer festivals taking place across the state. So how do you make a choice about which beer festival deserves your hard earned money? That’s where I come in. I attend a lot of beer festivals and while some are struggling to remain relevant, other are thriving.

Front Range Rally is thriving

Front Range Rally rainbow shot

Photos by Emily Sierra Photography. Used with permission.

Front Range Rally is not just another beer festival. The FRR team works tirelessly to make sure attendees have a great experience each and every year. I’ve sat in on FRR committee meetings and this team really does care. Plus, the festival raises money for a worthy cause and that helps keep this festival at the top of its game.

Upslope at Front Range Rally

Front Range Rally is a craft beer and food truck festival that takes place annually on the last Saturday in May in Loveland, Colorado.  More than sixty breweries will be represented at the festival this year and ten food trucks have already signed up. In addition to breweries, several cideries and distilleries will be at the fest.

Front Range Rally features a large variety of craft brews. Melvin Brewing from Jackson, Wyoming will be there, as will Perrin Brewing Company from Michigan. While Colorado’s craft breweries are awesome, I love having the opportunity to taste a few out-of-state beer at a festival.

Splurge on VIP

I don’t always promote purchasing VIP tickets to a beer event unless VIPs get treated well and FRR does a bang up job. VIP tickets include the usual – one hour early entry to the fest – but this VIP package also includes access to exclusive beers, a buffet of ribs and coleslaw, seating in the shade and best of all, a private restroom. No waiting in lines for VIPs.  

Front Range Rally VIP pic

Drink for a good cause

Front Range Rally benefits the Food Bank for Larimer County. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the festival go directly to this nonprofit that distributed 8.9 million pounds of food to low-income residents throughout Larimer County in 2015.

I hope that you will join me in Loveland this May!

Front Range Rally

May 28, 2016

2600 N. Lincoln Avenue, Loveland, CO

General Admission 2:30 to 7 p.m. ($40)

VIP entry at 1:30 ($60)

Purchase tickets at FrontRangeRally.com

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Front Range Rally cornhole pic

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Featured Festival: Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews

Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & BrewsNothing feels as much like summer as a cold beer in one hand and a pulled pork sandwich in the other – welcome to Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews.

This event always takes place on the second weekend in July. Through the years, this free event has grown to become one of Northern Colorado’s premiere summer festivals.

On Friday morning, downtown Loveland starts to smell like delicious barbecued meat, and by the time the festival opens at 3 p.m., folks are ready to eat, drink and be merry. While it has a community-festival feel, Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews attracts lots of out-of-towners, as well as locals.

Loveland Loves BBQ Bands & Brews HeidiTown

Originally a barbecue festival, the event has grown to include more and more bands and has partnered with local brewers to feature Loveland’s exciting beer scene. All four of Loveland’s microbreweries will be represented, including Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland Aleworks, Big Beaver Brewing and Verboten Brewing.

Beer vendors at Loveland Loves BBQ Bands and Brews HeidiTown

Here’s how the event works. The barbecue and beer vendors take over several huge parking lots in downtown Loveland. It’s free to attend the event, but you will need to buy tokens for beer and food. Once you’ve got a pocket full of tokens it’s time to eat. I usually do a quick walk through to see who is serving what and then go back through to try a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

The stage is set up in the parking lot that borders Cleveland Avenue. Tables, chairs and shade tents are scattered in the area so that people may sit and enjoy the bands. It will be crowded, but if you’re patient, spots under the tents do open up.

A beer & a bbq taster at Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews HeidiTown

Live music occurs throughout the day and Saturday’s bands include Downtown Country Sound (12 p.m.), Dixie Leadfoot & the Chrome Struts (1:30 p.m.), Jerry Shaffer & the Darn Thirsty Cowboys (3 p.m.), The Indulgers (4:30 p.m.), Amplified Souls (6 p.m.) and That Eighties Band (8 p.m.).

In addition to food, bands and beer, there’s also a marketplace where festival goers can do some shopping, a car show on Saturday, an interactive art competition at the Feed & Grain and more. It’s a great weekend to visit downtown Loveland, Colorado.

 Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews

July 12-13, 2013

Friday, 3 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Event Website

Event on Facebook

Cost: FREE

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.

 

Celebrate food & film at Lyric Cinema Cafe

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Lyric Cinema Cafe  is hosting the first Annual Local Food Festival, by featuring three food-related documentaries and presenting a farmers market featuring delicious, healthy, locally grown foods.

The Farmer’s Market  runs Wednesday, August 26, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Food Inc

“Food Inc.” is  the main feature. This American-made  documentary sheds light on large-scale agricultural food production in the United States. You will never look at  food the same way again.

“Pressure Cooker” is  a documentary about a culinary contest at an inner city school. It highlights  the process the students go through in order to win scholarships and confidence.

“End of the Line” asks the audience to imagine a world without fish. This documentary takes a long, hard look at the fishing industry and who profits the most from overfishing.

Lyric Cinema Cafe is located at 300 E. Mountain Ave., in Fort Collins, Colorado.   For showtimes, visit www.LyricCinemaCafe.com.

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