Copper Mountain Resort hosts first Chubby Chili Pepper Fest
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What: Copper Mountain Resort Chubby Chili Fest
When: Saturday, Sept. 19 from 1–4 p.m.
Where: Burning Stones Plaza
Cost: General Admission is free; tickets are available for $1 to purchase samples the day of the event starting at 11 a.m. Purchase the Summit Sampler in advance for $30. Restaurants set the price for samples. Cocktails will be available for $6 each at the centrally located bar.
More information: Coppercolorado.com
1– 2:15 p.m. - Rolling Stone Cover Band — Sympathy for the Devil
2:45– 4 p.m. - Neil Diamond Cover Band — Forever in Blue Jeans
3 p.m. - Community Cook-Off awards
3:45 p.m. - Chefs category winner announced
Copper Mountain Resort is closing out its summer season with one final festival dubbed Chubby Chili Pepper Fest on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 1–4 p.m. The festival will be host to live music, a variety of food options and the last day for summer activities.
The first of its kind, the theme behind the festival was inspired by fall and the chubby chili pepper, which is native to the state, said Stephanie Sweeney, communications manager at Copper. Chefs will prepare a variety of menu items to be judged utilizing the Colorado-grown ingredient, and tickets are available for purchase to taste the items throughout the day. Whiskey cocktails will also be paired with the chefs’ dishes.
Anyone can get in on the judging with the Community Cook-off. Competitors are invited to bring 3 gallons of homemade concoctions, either red or green chili, to the Community Cook-off Tent in crockpots, where they will be numbered for anonymity. Registration can be done in advance by sending your name, email, category (red or green), name of your chili to firstname.lastname@example.org., or the day of the festival if space is available, and the competition is free to enter. Crockpots must be at the tent, located in Center Village in the Burning Stones Plaza, by 1 p.m. Winners will be awarded cash prizes, $100 for first, $75 for second and $50 for third.
Jack’s Slopeside Grill will be showcasing its Chubby Chili Tamale featuring roasted chili, masa, corn husk, queso asadero, pickled vegetables, ancho and guajillo mole, and cojata. This will be paired with a Spanish horchata, featuring Black Velvet Cinnamon Rush whiskey with a Black Velvet Toasted Caramel Drizzle and a chocolate straw. Incline Bar and Grill will be offering a pork green chile, paired with a Rye Whiskey manhattan. JJ’s Rocky Mountain Tavern will be serving up a smoked buffalo green chili paired with a New Fashioned, which is Breckenridge Bourbon, Aranciata San Pelligrino, Gran Gala and cherry juice, garnished with ¼ orange wheel and a maraschino cherry. There will be a variety of other dishes on the docket as well.
Frank and Kim Guerrero will be handling the roasting of the chilies at the festival, bringing around a half dozen varieties to sell. The couple has been roasting chilies in Colorado for the last 20 years, Sweeney said.
The festival begins at 1 p.m. with live music from Rolling Stones cover band Sympathy of the Devil, with the Neil Diamond cover band Forever in Blue Jeans taking the stage at 2:45 p.m.
“We encourage people to come up, check out the aspens as they are changing, spend the afternoon here, grab some food and some drinks and watch some live music,” Sweeney said.
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