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Food & Garden
2014 August
Pg 9 - The Sunshine Express
Come and enjoy Gourmet on Gore, Aug 29-
Sep 1, in beautiful Vail, Colorado
This unique culinary festival offers an open-air
tasting with world-class wine, beer and spirits
paired with culinary delights from Vail¡¯s top
restaurants.
The open-air event offers free admission and
a variety of additional pairing events and a
Tasting Tour to kick things off on Friday, Aug
29.
* Gourmet On Gore Tasting Tour, Vail Village,
6-9p, Tickets will be available for purchase at:
www.gourmetongore.com
Enjoy a progressive evening around town to
some of Vail¡¯s finest restaurants and hot spots
for the perfect start to the Gourmet on Gore
weekend.
Each location will include a signature bever-
age as well as savory hors d¡¯oeuvres to keep
your taste buds happy.
* Saturday & Sunday, Aug 30-Aug 31, Open-
Air Tasting, Gore Creek Drive, Vail Village,
11a-6p, Complimentary Admission/Pay as you
go for Bites and Pours.
Stroll through the heart of Vail Village on a
summer afternoon that is sure to satisfy the
senses. Enjoy mouthwatering creations pre-
pared by the finest culinary talent, sip pallet-
tempting wine, beers and spirits, and enjoy
live jazz that will top off the afternoon.
* Including Kids Culinary Corner, Gore Creek
Drive, Children¡¯s Fountain, 12-5p, Compli-
mentary Admission, Chefs in the making, this
one¡¯s for you.
Stop by the Kids Culinary Corner throughout
the weekend for culinary activities, crafts and
fun just for kids!
* Monday, September 1, Brunch On Bridge
Street, Gore Creek Drive and Bridge Street,
Vail Village, 10a-3p, Complimentary Admis-
sion/Pay as you go for Bites and Pours.
Stroll through the heart of Vail Village for one
final palette-pleasing day. Enjoy mouthwater-
ing delights, wines, beers and spirits paired
with easy-listening live music.
For full event details, please visit:
www.gourmetongore.com
It is time for the 9th Annual Downtown Chili
Challenge, presented by FM Light and Sons &
MainStreet Steamboat Springs, Aug 31, 11a-3p,
Corner of 8th & Oak St, Steamboat Springs.
This is your invitation to enter your favorite recipe
(or recipes) in this year¡¯s chili competition. They
also have a salsa and a cornbread category to
round out the competition again this year.
Live music, Beer and sodas, Vendors, Children¡¯s
Activities, and more.
Take time now to fill out your registration form
and join the fun. For the Downtown Chili Chal-
lenge Entry Form (PDF) go to: www.mainstreet-
steamboat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/
DowntownChiliChallengeEntry2014.pdf
Cash prizes will be awarded in each category
and festival attendees will be able to vote for the
People¡¯s Choice Award for the best chili over all.
This event typically draws 1000-1200 people each
year.
Chili entrants should provide a MINIMUM of 3 (5
or more recommended) gallons, already hot (at
least 140F); plus, something to maintain temp
throughout the competition. NOTE: there is no
electricity so no crock-pots. Hint: The more you
have, the longer it lasts and the more people can
vote for your chili for People¡¯s Choice. Every year
contestants run out of chili when doing the mini-
mum and the event has grown every year!
Salsa entrants should provide a minimum of 2
gallons; plus something to dip (i.e. chips, tortilla
bites, bread, other).
Cornbread entrants should provide enough to
serve at least 600 people a bite-sized taste (cut
in 1¡å squares, approx six - 9¡¯ x 14¡¯ pans).
YOU MUST PROVIDE your own gas or charcoal
stove, pot, ladle, table, chairs, tent, condiments,
etc.
WE WILL PROVIDE official taster cups, spoons,
and napkins for the judges and the public.
DO NOT PROVIDE taster cups or spoons to the
public. Without an official cup they cannot vote
for your chili!
You may start setting up at 9a. The judging will
commence precisely at 11a. Prizes for ¡®Best¡¯ and
¡®Runner-up¡¯ in each category, plus an overall ¡®Peo-
ple¡¯s Choice Chili¡¯ Prize will be awarded at 2:30p.
Here are some delicious food festivals and
more to savor in August:
-Olathe Sweet Corn festival, Aug 2, Olathe Com-
munity Park, Olathe, Tickets sold at front gate.
Family, Friends, Fun, Vendors, Arts & Crafts.
970.323.5601, www.olathesweetcornfest.com
-Aspen Historical Society¡¯s Traditional Ice Cream
Social, Aug 2, Wheeler Stallard Museum
-Farm to Barn Dinner, Aug 6, 6-9p, Larson Barn,
Hwy 131, Locally sourced five course meal pre-
pared by top Steamboat chefs. Benefits STARS
program.
-Telluride Top Chef, Aug 8, Mountain Village, Chef
Cook-Off, Wine/Beer/Food Tasting, benefits the
One-to-One San Miguel Mentoring Program.
-Smokey¡¯s 70th Birthday Party!, complete
with cake and ice cream, Grand Mesa Visitors
Center, Hwy 65 on the Mesa, Aug 9, 10a-2p,
Brenda Winfrey, Visitor Information Specialist:
970.242.8211, No Charge.
-CCA Summer Mixer, Aug 13, 543 Main St, Fruita,
6-9p, Colorado Canyons Association would like to
invite all community members to join us for an
entertaining night of food, drinks, & music at Hot
Tomato Pizzeria, 970.263.7902
-Palisade Peach Festival, Aug 14-17, 451 Pend-
leton St, Palisade, parade starts Sat morning the
16th at 9a in downtown Palisade, for up-to-date
info on schedule of events for all 4 days visit:
palisadepeachfest.com/pf/peach-festival-schedule
-Telluride Mushroom Festival, August 15-19, Pre-
Conference Workshops on Aug 15, celebrates the
many uses of fungi (all things mycology), www.
telluridemushroomfest.org
-Baking & Canning Contest (a Fruita Fall Festival
Centennial Event), Aug 23, 152 S Mesa, Fruita,
End Zone Sports Pub, 970.858.3894
-Uravan Picnic, Sat, Aug 23, 11a-12p
-Party in the Park, Aug 30, Marvelous Evening of
Food, Fun & Music, 445 W Main St, Cedaredge
Town Park, 5-7p: Meat Provided w/soft drinks,
6-7:30p: Live Music by the David Starr Band,
Cost: Your potluck dish to share with your neigh-
bors & friends. 970.856.3123
Have A Taste Of Fine Food
Come And Get It
For more information or to enter please contact:
info@mainstreetsteamboatsprings.com or Tracy
Barnett at: 970.846.1800
Enter & Win Cash Prizes