Frisco Fall Fest celebrates local restaurant scene and art community
What: Frisco Fall Fest
When: Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13
Where: Frisco Bay Marina
Cost: Free to attend. Food and beverage sales will be available with Fall Fest bucks which will be sold at the event. Each ticket is one dollar and most items in the Flavors of Frisco tent will be between $2 and $6. Fall Fest bucks may be used at participating restaurants through Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Schedule of Events
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Meet the Artists art show and sale
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Flavors of Frisco and beer and margarita garden open
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Make-and-take art project for children and adults, face painting and children’s activities
4 p.m.- 6 p.m.: Funkiphino concert
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Meet the Artists art show and sale
Soon the county will be covered in an array of yellows, reds and oranges. With the changing of the seasons, Frisco is hosting its Fall Fest, celebrating the town’s restaurant scene and local and regional art community. The festival will run on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13.
The Flavors of Frisco event at Fall Fest will be held for its second year on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Frisco Bay Marina. A variety of Frisco restaurants will be offering up tasting plates of their signature dishes to showcase what they have to offer. Last year, for example, Bagalis roasted an entire pig at the event, while Mama Moose (from Moose Jaw) made her incredible chili, said Vanessa Agee, marketing and communications director with the town of Frisco.
“It’s their best and signature dishes on a small plate, so it will be anywhere from $1 to $6,” she said. “You get a taste rather than having a full meal at every restaurant — all under one tasting event.”
Anyone who has ever gone to a festival only to come home with a handful of unused food or beverage tickets can appreciate the fact that unused Fall Fest bucks sold at the event can be used at participating restaurants through Tuesday, Sept. 15, providing guests one more opportunity to discover restaurants in the town after the event.
To highlight the local art scene, Summit County Arts Council is presenting a Meet the Artists show and sale on both Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13 at the marina. There will be 25-plus local and regional artists at the event, with items handmade in Colorado, all for a more modest price point than the average arts festival, Agee said.
The show will feature jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography and other fine arts.
On Saturday, there will also be furniture makers displaying and selling furniture made from signature blue-hewed beetle kill wood.
“Frisco loves great food and drink so bringing it all under one big tasting tent at the marina along with a local and regional art show and live music is a marriage of some of our favorite Frisco things,” said Nora Gilbertson, town of Frisco events manager in a statement.
Frisco’s Backcountry Brewery will be selling craft brews at the beer garden, and Coyote Gold will be on hand serving up Colorado’s own “Microbrew of Margaritas,” with all-natural ingredients, including some new flavors like jalapeno and pineapple coconut. Beverage sales will benefit the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD). FDRD is a nonprofit organization that helps to maintain and improve trails, plant trees and educate visitors to ensure national forest lands are not damaged due to popularity.
“The community survey clearly indicated that citizens feel one of the most important reasons for living here are recreational amenities,” Agee said. “Friends of the Dillon Ranger District are very unique — not every single ranger district in United States has a friends’ group. They go out there and actually repair, rebuild and build new trails, and our community has clearly stated that that’s pretty important to them and, personally, that’s pretty important to us.”
Topping off the day on Saturday is a free performance by Funkiphino. A 13-member Colorado funk band out of Boulder, Funkiphino has been playing concerts in Summit County for years. The show will be from 4–6 p.m.
Other Saturday activities include a make-and-take art project for children and adults, face painting, the opportunity to create postcards or silk flags and all for free, Agee said. Kids will also have entertainment at the marina including its playground and sandy beaches.
Frisco’s Fall Fest drew about 5,000 people to the town, she said, with longtime locals telling her it was one of the best events that the town had ever put on.
“We were a little bit blown away by how well it was received,” she said. “We did what we really wanted it to do, and that was showcase that we have a vibrant and interesting restaurant scene. It’s all a focus on local and regional, and I think that there is something incredibly appealing in that.”
With Breckenridge’s Oktoberfest happening in the next town over, she said there is plenty of time to hit both festivals.
“We have a lot going on in the county that weekend, and I don’t think people have to pick and choose,” she said. “Our whole is better than our parts, and going to Oktoberfest and Fall Fest is completely doable.”
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