Chickapig board game coming to Vail valley on July 6
If you go …
What: Chickapig tournament — a board game known as “farmer’s chess.”
Where: Rustic Farm to Fork, Edwards.
When: Thursday, July 6, 2 to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free to play; there will be food and drink specials.
Edwards — Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 6, because Chickapig is coming to Edwards!
Created in 2014 in Virgina, Chickapig is a board game that has become known as “farmer’s chess.” The object of the strategic, four-player game is to move multi-colored crossbreed animal pieces into their designated goal while skillfully using obstacles like hay bales to move pieces forward and avoid cow poop. Yes, cow poop.
Over the last few years, Chickapig has gained popularity thanks to online videos of the founder and his musician buddy Dave Matthews (of the Dave Matthews Band) playing the game. Rustic Farm to Fork owner Chelsea Dickens, who is a longtime Dave Matthews fan and a Virginia native, saw the video and decided to create an event around the game.
“We wanted to invite our friends and customers to try something different while enjoying food and drinks,” Dickens said. “Chickapig is a Virginia-inspired game, so I’m glad to be introducing it to people in the Vail Valley.”
Taking place on July 6 from 2 to 9 p.m., the Chickapig BBQ will feature $5 pulled pork sandwiches and a variety of side dishes, happy hour pricing on beer and wine, and a free keg donated by Crazy Mountain Brewery. The kitchen will be closed during the event, but take and bake meals from Rustic Farm to Fork’s everyday menu will be available for purchase.
Attendees may participate in the Chickapig tournament and boards will be set up at tables inside the restaurant and outside on the patio. Providing the boards and emceeing the event will be Judah Brownstein, who is a friend of Brian Calhoun, the founder, and a former United States chess champion.
According to Dickens, there are social and interactive components of Chickapig that set it apart from traditional board games, making it a fun centerpiece for an event.
“There will be lots of conversation, laughs and farm animal discussions,” she said.
Although event attendees are encouraged to participate in the Chickapig tournament, everyone is welcome to hang out at the party, enjoy food and drinks, and spectate.