A&E Briefs: Flavors of Colorado Festival celebrates Colorado-made in Avon | SummitDaily.com

A&E Briefs: Flavors of Colorado Festival celebrates Colorado-made in Avon

The inaugural Flavors of Colorado Festival combines Colorado-based restaurants, artists, musicians, craft beer and spirits to celebrate and discover all things Colorado. The weekend-long festival is Friday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 17, at Harry A. Nottingham Park in Avon.

The festival is full of fun, entertaining and educational events all tied to back to local artisans and their crafts. From food and drink tastings and live music to panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, an art showcase and activities for the kids, the Flavors of Colorado Festival offers something unique and interesting for everyone.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Flavors of Colorado Festival to Avon,” said Mayor Rich Carroll, of Avon. “Avon is proud to host an event that highlights and celebrates the local Colorado businesses, artists and farmers that make this great state such a vibrant and interesting place to live and visit.”

If you are a local artisan who is interested in participating in the Flavors of Colorado Festival, contact Chris Dolan at Highline at cdolan@gohighline.com or (970) 306-7131.

For more information, lodging packages, updates about the events scheduled and to reserve tickets to the Friday Farm to Chef’s Table dinner, visit http://www.flavorsofcolorado.com or follow the event on social media.

Beaver Creek’s 11th annual Blues, Brews & BBQ returns

Let the smells of sweet and tangy barbecue, the soulful melodies of blues music and unique flavors of craft beers get your summer started at Beaver Creek Resort over Memorial Day weekend with the 11th annual Blues, Brew and BBQ Festival, Saturday, May 24, through Sunday, May 26. Top barbecue chefs from around the state join local chefs in serving up mouth-watering barbecue complemented by thirst-quenching microbrews at one of the largest Colorado microbrewery beer tastings.

The Blues, Brews & BBQ weekend’s free concert highlights include Grammy Award winner Charlie Musselwhite, New Orleans star Mia Borders and the Chicago blues and swing and boogie specialists Erik Boa & The Constrictors, all performing live on Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25.

On Saturday, May 24, barbecue masters will artfully smoke, grill and roast succulent meat and vegetable creations and compete for bragging rights with $10,000 in cash prizes on the line. A panel of professional judges will rate pork ribs, chicken and sides based on appearance, taste and tenderness, and the winners will be announced on the Main Stage in Beaver Creek Village later the same day. The public also can join in the judging and text their vote on Saturday and Sunday to determine the People’s Choice winner for Best Barbecue Vendor. Winners of the People’s Choice Competition will be announced on Sunday, May 25, on the Main Stage in Beaver Creek Village.

The event also features a Kids’ Zone, culinary demonstrations, an amateur barbecue competition and more. For more information on tickets, registration for competitions and the beer festival, visit http://www.beavercreek.com/bbb.

Music lineup announced for Kremmling Days

The Kremmling Chamber of Commerce recently announced the live music line up for its annual Kremmling Days celebration.

Denver rock band The Seventh Time takes the festival stage Friday, June 13, at 8 p.m., followed by one of the region’s hottest country acts County Red Saturday, June 14, at 8 p.m. Local bands, including a bluegrass duo and The Blue River Band, will also perform throughout the weekend. All of the performances take place in Town Square and are free admission.

“We asked the community to submit suggestions for this year’s theme, and many of them were geared toward adding a rock component to the live music,” said Christine Mahorney, Kremmling Chamber executive director.

Kremmling Days also features the Mustang Mile, a one-mile timed race on Park Avenue (Highway 40), parade, Kid Zone events, the Redneck Mudshuffle mud bog, beer gardens both Friday and Saturday and much more.

More information about the live music, entertainment and weekend lodging deals is available at Facebook/Kremmling Days.

Participate in Eagle County’s Special Olympics torch run

During the month of May every year, hundreds of law enforcement agencies and Special Olympics Colorado athletes carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope through their communities around the state of Colorado, accumulating more than 1,500 miles in anticipation of the Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games.

Eagle County will host its community Torch Run on Saturday, May 17, starting at 7 a.m. and finishing around 2 p.m. The Eagle County Torch Run begins at the Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum and will go east along Highway 6. Athletes will transition in along the way through Gypsum, Eagle, Wolcott, Edwards, Avon, Eagle-Vail, Dowd Junction and Vail, ending with a celebratory picnic in Vail. Summit County will not be hosting a torch run.

This year, law enforcement would like to ask the community to become involved and run with them. Community participants can sign up to run, walk or ride their bike from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. from Freedom Park to Nottingham Park or at noon from Lionshead through Vail Village.

To sign up or for more information, visit http://specialolympicsco.org/letr/torch-run or contact Deputy Lisa Vasquez at 970-376-7036 or lisa.vasquez@eaglecounty.us.

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