The inaugural Flavors of Colorado festival brings together Colorado-based musicians, chefs, artists, craft brewers and distillers to celebrate and discover all things Colorado. The festival is Friday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 17, in Avon and is free to attend.
The Farm to Chef’s Table charity dinner kicks off the festival Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., with a four-course meal featuring two of Colorado’s finest culinary artists. Executive chef Chris Thompson, of The Nickel in Denver, and executive chef Veronica Morales, of Eat + Drink in Edwards, will each prepare two courses for the evening. Keith Villa, Blue Moon Brewing Co. founder and master brewer, will be on hand to pair each dish with a hand-selected craft beer from the Blue Moon portfolio of beers. Bonnie & The Clydes will cap the evening off with a private performance for dinner guests. Tickets for this all-inclusive evening are $100 per person or $50 for those 13 and younger, with proceeds benefiting Walking Mountains Science Center.
Food and beverage tasting: Attendees will swap out Flavor Dollars in exchange for a bite or sip of the different flavors from Colorado chefs, restaurants, craft brewers and craft distillers. Taste their creations in Avon’s Nottingham Park throughout the weekend.
Live music: The music lineup is filled with top talent from around the state and nationally known acts, including Todd Park Mohr, The Congress, Filthy Children, Delta Sonics, Eminence Ensemble, Finders & Youngberg, Dixie Leadfoot, Bonnie & The Clydes and The Laughing Bones. Bonnie & The Clydes will perform at Friday evening’s Farm to Chef’s Table charity dinner, and Todd Park Mohr, of Big Head Todd & The Monsters, will headline Saturday evening.
Panel discussions and educational seminars: Meet and learn from Colorado’s own experts as they share information that will educate and inspire. These are free to attend, no sign-up required.
Some of the scheduled seminars and discussions include:
• “How to pick the most flavorful Colorado produce,” Saturday at noon. Led by Colorado Proud, this seminar will educate attendees on how to choose the best produce with a focus on how to buy local to support local companies, chefs, farmers, etc.
• “Blue Moon Brewing Co.: Past, Present and Future,” Saturday at 2 p.m. Keith Villa, master brewer and founder of Blue Moon Brewing Co., will speak to the history and backstory of the Blue Moon Brewing Co., how the brand has evolved the past 20 years and how it will continue to evolve moving forward. The session will be followed by a Q&A session.
• “The Artists & Their Craft,” Sunday at noon. Meet some of Colorado’s craft brewers and distillers and listen as they share their own personal stories. Learn what inspired them to get into brewing and distilling, and hear their thoughts on the industry today, the current trends and their take on what the next five years look like. The session will be followed by a Q&A session.
• “Food & Craft Beer,” Sunday at 2 p.m. Villa, along with one of Colorado’s culinary chefs, will lead a discussion around how beer flavors, colors and characteristics lend to a number of flavors within the culinary realm. The session will be followed by a Q&A session.
• Art Gallery Showcase: Browse the wide array of creative talent from Colorado artists. Art will be on display and for sale throughout the festival.
• Kids’ activities: Kids will have access to educational and entertaining hands-on activities throughout the weekend that promote healthy living in a fun, interactive way.