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2016 COLORADO - January, February & March 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

(see also: 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2010)


 

January 7-9, 2016
16th Annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival
Vail, Colorado
Join us for the Annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival Weekend! Come up to Vail to experience the event that beer connoisseurs are raving about. Homebrewers, Professional Brewers and Industry Gurus alike speak highly with regard to the unique format, the unusual international collection of beers, the organization and the overall quality of the event.

January 9, 2016  Lafayette Quaker Oatmeal Festival - Lafayette, Colo.
20th Annual Lafayette Quaker Oatmeal Festival is a popular family event focusing on healthy lifestyle.  Unique festival Includes an oatmeal breakfast, certified 5K walk/run, health fair, oatmeal baking contest and The Oatmeal Creation Challenge.

January 9-24, 2016
110th National Western Stock Show, Rodeo & Horse Show
Denver, Colorado
The National Western Stock Show, the "Super bowl of cattle shows" - the world's largest.

January 21-24, 2016 - Beaver Creek's Winter Culinary Weekend
Beaver Creek, Colorado
Don’t miss a full lineup of tastings, seminars and cooking classes that celebrate culinary delights and offerings from Beaver Creek chefs as well as renowned guest chefs.

January 22-23, 2016  Winter Brew Fest - Denver, Colorado
Come join us at the Denver Winter Brew Fest for a special two night celebration of craft beverages from around Denver and beyond. Enjoy top notch live local music, food and various other vendors.  This event benefits Swallow Hill Music Association who serve a large community with instruction and performance of musical art forms such as folk, blues, bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, world, roots and dance.  A special VIP session will be held from 6-7pm with limited attendance, live music and a special Cabot Cheese and Tivoli Distributing beer pairing. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 for the VIP session. $10 more (each ticket) on the day of the event if they haven’t sold out. General Attendance is 7-10pm where you can sample some amazing brews throughout the night and listen to some great live music by Tallgrass on Friday night and Dirty Femmes on Saturday.

January 30, 2016  Manitou Springs Great Fruitcake Toss
Manitou Springs, Colorado
Location: Memorial Park (505 Manitou Avenue)  Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm  Cost: One non-perishable food item, which will be donated to Westside Cares Food Bank, is suggested for attendance.  Join local Manitoids to enjoy this old fashioned event of flying those left over fruitcakes! Old fashioned games of tossing fruitcakes, costume competition, libations and a fruitcake bake off!.  This local group brought back the Fruitcake Toss to the heart of Manitou. It all started in 1995 with locals throwing fruitcakes in the park, and 20 years later, we are going old school! Events will be pure feats of strength, and talent (and balance and taste!)

January 30, 2016  10th Annual Glass Slipper Ball featuring the Best of the Chefs! - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Featuring the Best of the Pikes Peak Area Chefs and now with the addition of an exclusive wine tasting. This event is presented by the Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area. This is a black tie optional affair filled with live music, a fabulous silent auction items, and more. All proceeds from the event support Zonta’s mission of advancing the status of women through education, advocacy, and hands-on service.

 

February 6, 2016
Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cookoff & Mardi Gras Parade
Manitou Springs, Colorado
Experience Mardi-Gras and Cajun cuisine in Manitou! Enjoy samples of gumbo from professional chefs and amateur cooks to help determine who has the best gumbo! Gumbo is a Cajun soup that contains roux and dried sassafras. It also usually contains a variety of meats such as chicken, seafood, or sausage. Okra and other ingredients along with seasonings and sometimes even rice can  be found in gumbo as well.   Join us at Soda Springs Park from 11:00am till 1:00pm for an afternoon of gumbo and Mardi-Gras! Two samples of gumbo will be available for $1.00. The amateur and professional divisions will compete for their own 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies as well as for cash prizes. There will also be an award for Best Showmanship and People’s Choice.  Stick around after the Gumbo Cook-Off when Manitou Avenue will fill up with spectators to watch the Mardi-Gras Parade at 1:00pm. Get into the Mardi-Gras spirit and enjoy a Cajun tradition.

February 14, 2016  VALENTINE'S DAY
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

February 20, 2016  Copper Uncorked - Copper Mountain, Colorado
Wings, wine and snow – the perfect après combo! Copper Uncorked is a unique spin on the traditional wing challenge as chefs compete for the best wing recipe and wine pairing, proving that wings are more than beer and football! Enjoy live music while you pick the most savory and ingenious combo for the win.

February 25-28, 2016  Epicurean Weekend - Dunton, Colorado
Dunton Hot Springs has announced its latest 'Epicurean Weekend' in the Colorado Rockies. The three-night event will feature Dunton Hot Springs' Executive Chef Karlos Baca together with top food and wine personalities and partners including: renowned chef and Native American culinary expert Loretta Oden; Chef Jessica Sanchez of Loba Restaurant in Miami; Hayfork Wine; Carlo Mondavi of Continuum and RAEN Winery; and John Sutcliffe and Joe Buckel, owner and winemaker, respectively, of Sutcliffe Vineyards, Dunton Hot Springs' sister vineyard in McElmo Canyon, CO.  Often referred to as one of the top culinary hotels in the US, Dunton Hot Springs' Epicurean Weekend will allow guests to sample regionally inspired cuisine while closely interacting with the renowned personalities crafting each culinary experience.

 

March 6, 2016  Cochon555 - Denver, Colorado
Cochon555, the signature culinary competition featuring five chefs cooking five heritage breed pigs in a friendly competition for a cause.  The tour is dedicated to helping Piggy Bank create the first open-source agriculture platform for heritage species while raising global awareness for socially responsible farming. The event unites consumers with local farmers, renowned chefs, prominent winemakers, restaurateurs, craft brewers and distillers in each city for a nose-to-tail culinary showdown celebrating family farms. At each event, 500 guests including notable judges will vote for the best bite amongst 2,000 pounds of awesomeness and the winning chef will be announced the “Princess or Prince of Porc”. On June 18th, the ten regional winners of Cochon555 fly to Aspen/Snowmass to compete at Grand Cochon, a spotlight of 10 chefs, 10 pigs and the best 30 bites from tour. The winner of the grand finale walks away with the crown and title of “2016 King or Queen of Porc”.

March 7-11, 2016  National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children.

March 8-11, 2016  RCA Annual Conference & Culinology Expo
Denver, Colorado
The Research Chefs Association's Annual Conference & Culinology Expo is the only R&D conference focused on the fast growing discipline of Culinology – the blending of culinary arts and food science.

March 11-13, 2016  Rocky Mountain Horse Expo - Denver, Colorado
Many New and Exciting Events and Attractions:  Pre-Clinics - Mane Event - Art in the Park - 40+ Clinicians; Equestrial Idol - Craft Fair - 7 Clinic Venues - Mini Horse Fair; Ride with the Experts - Holistic Horse Fair; Colt Starting Challenge/USA - Mustang Days - Comeback Challenge; 4H Show - Tradeshow.

March 11-13, 2016  5th Annual Denver International Spirits Competition
Broomfield, Colorado
This is the largest professional spirits competition in the Rocky Mountain Region, and as such, will be judged following the highest industry standards.  A panel of fifteen professional spirits authorities will judge the double-blind competition in as many as 102 different categories, and judging will be done fairly, based on pricepoint. Judges will award medals for first (Gold), second (Silver) and third (Bronze) place for each qualifying category and best of show.

March 15, 2016  'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture

March 19-27, 2016  Colorado Craft Beer Week - Statewide, Colorado
Now under the direction of the Colorado Brewers Guild, Colorado Craft Beer Week is a nine-day celebration of Colorado’s craft brewers, pubs and restaurants. Dozens of events will showcase brewers and educate beer lovers about Colorado’s unique craft beer community.

March 30-April 3, 2016  Annual Taste of Vail - Vail, Colorado
Taste of Vail is the nation's premier spring food and wine festival held at iconic locations throughout North America's most popular mountain resort showcasing the finest chefs in Vail and the nation's top vintners.
 

 

2015 COLORADO - January, February & March 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

February 15, 2015  Colorado Indulgence Festival
Colorado Springs, Colorado
NEXT EVENT IS IN 2017.  Spend the most romantic weekend of the year in pure luxury. Indulge in complimentary tastes of specialty wine, micro-brews, spirits and cocktails from local distributors; courtesy of our beverage partner Cheers Liquor Mart. Sample exquisitely hand-crafted truffles, chocolates, cupcakes and other savory creations from dozens of expert chocolatiers, chefs and confectioners!

March 23-28, 2015  Taste of Crested Butte - Crested Butte, Colorado
A Mountain Fest featuring Tastes of Colorado's best Breweries, Distillers and Local Restaurants.
 

 

2014 COLORADO - January, February & March 2014
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS

events still waiting for new dates

March 6, 2014  Annual Red Wine & Seafood - Denver, Colorado
The Volunteers of America Guild is proud to present Red Wine & Seafood for the 19th year. Proceeds benefit the women and children of Brandon Center, the Guild's shelter for women and their children who are homeless or escaping domestic violence.
 

 

2013 COLORADO - January, February & March 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

February 12, 2013  Creole Food & Killer Beer - Denver, Colorado
Mardi Gras Craft Beer Chef Feast at Strange Brew.
 

 

2010 COLORADO - January, February & March 2010
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

January 12, 2010  1st Annual Twisted Pine Potluck! - Boulder, Colorado
Join us for an extraordinary night of great beer and delicious food. We will be hosting a potluck where every dish will be prepared incorporating Twisted Pine Beer as an ingredient. Participants are urged to be as creative and adventurous as possible. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place dish with the contest judged by 3 local chefs. This event will raise money for a local food organization.

March 18-20, 2010  Annual Conference for Private Service Professionals
Denver, Colorado
Restoring The Art Conference.  2010: The New World of Household Management.

 

 

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