Fifth annual Reds Whites & Brews fest returns to Nottingham Park in Avon
If you go …
What: Writers in the Round.
When: 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 17.
Where: Back patio of the Avon Performance Pavilion, Harry A. Nottingham Park, Avon.
Cost: $15 day of event.
More information: Visit http://www.redswhitesandbrews.net.
if you go …
What: Reds Whites & Brews.
When: Saturday, June 18.
2 p.m. — Reds Whites & Brews gates open; tickets for sale
2:30 p.m. — Jimmy Stanley live on the Bighorn Toyota Stage
4 p.m. — Kristen Kelly live on the Bighorn Toyota Stage
5:30 p.m. — Kendell Marvel live on the Bighorn Toyota Stage
6:30 p.m. — Last call for beer and wine tastings
6:45 p.m. — Beer and wine tastings end
7 p.m. — Reds Whites & Brews ends
Where: Avon Performance Pavilion, Harry A. Nottingham Park, Avon.
Cost: Unlimited tasting tickets are $25 presale until 11:55 p.m. Friday, June 17, or $30 the day of the event (cash only); VIP tickets are $60 presale until Friday, June 17, or $75 the day of the event (cash only). General admission without alcohol is $10. All attendees 12 and older must have a ticket, and you must be 21 or older to drink alcohol at the event.
More information: Visit http://www.redswhitesandbrews.net to purchase tickets and view a list of participating breweries and wineries.
the fifth annual Reds Whites & Brews festival returns to Harry A. Nottingham Park in Avon on Saturday. This year, for the first time, the festival will kick off today, with Writers in the Round, a prelude event showcasing the three singer-songwriters performing at the Saturday festival.
Jen Radueg, of Radiate Live Events, event director for Reds Whites & Brews, said the Friday evening session extends the festival, providing an added incentive for out-of-town visitors to attend, and also allows the community to build a more personal connection with the musicians prior to Saturday’s concerts.
“Writers in the Round is a more intimate experience,” she said. “We only have 250 seats available for that. It’ll be on the back patio of the stage at Nottingham Park, so you’ll be close up to really hear more about the songs.”
The focus of the musical accompaniment to Reds Whites & Brews has always been singer-songwriters, Radueg said, and this year’s trio of musicians — “Nashville” and “Crazy Hearts: Nashville” TV star Jimmy Stanley, contemporary singer-songwriter and one of CMT’s Next Women of Country Kristen Kelly and headliner Kendell Marvel — all happen to fall under the country music umbrella.
“The neat thing about having a singer-songwriter festival and having these three come out to our event is that you not only get to experience and listen to great music that they are performing, but they also are going to sit down and share with you the stories behind the music,” Radueg said.
“They’ll tell you about the songs, where they came from, how they wrote them, what inspired the songs — so you get this whole picture of how the song came about. And then you get to hear it and you hear it in a whole new way once you know that story.”
At Writers in the Round, each of the three musicians — plus an unannounced special guest — will play a bit, talk about their individual work and then collaborate on a few songs.
“These guys have written songs for Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Jake Owen, Gary Allen, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley — some of the biggest country music artists in the world,” Radueg said.
Reds Whites & Brews
The continued success of Reds Whites & Brews, of course, has come from Saturday’s tasting event, which this year features unlimited samples from nearly 30 wineries brought in by Veraison Distributing and more than 25 craft breweries.
“We have some new breweries that are coming to the event his year, like Ballast Point will be there,” Radueg said. “And there’s lots of new wineries that are going to be represented. Redstone Meadery will be coming, so people can try some mead, which is really yummy, and tons of international wineries, as well.”
Many breweries are embracing summer with their pouring selections, with easy-drinkers on tap such as Bristol Brewing Co.’s Beehive Honey Wheat, Declaration Brewing Co.’s Veiled Vixen Strawberry Wheat, Living the Dream Brewing’s Dortmunder Lager, Full Sail Brewing Co.’s Blood Orange Wheat and Bonfire Brewing’s Brush Creek Blonde.
Wines from all over the world also will make their way to Avon, from New Zealand’s Huia Vineyards and Hunky Dory Winery to Tr3s Castas and New Age Wines out of South Africa to Les Hauts in France and Quinta dos Avidagos from Portugal.
To balance out all of the booze, Radueg recommends eating a solid breakfast before the event, drinking lots of water, available from free water stations where you can fill up a cup or your own water bottle, and taking advantage of shade tents.
“It’s a tasting event,” Radueg said. “The more that you do the samplings and interact with the wineries and breweries and ask questions and use it as a learning experience, as opposed to wanting to come in and drink a lot, the more you’ll enjoy the experience.”
Remembering to eat shouldn’t be a challenge, with food available from Revolution restaurant in Beaver Creek, gyros from Nicky’s Quickie in Minturn, gourmet French fries from Original Funky Fries, Climax beef and wild-game jerky and Cajun food from Chet’s Grill all available for purchase.
Last but not least, don’t forget the sunscreen.
“We’ve been really lucky with weather for most of the time, as well,” Radueg said. “It’s usually a gorgeous day in Avon to come out and do some beer and wine sampling and listen to some great music.”
Upslope Brewing Co. will host a beer tasting at Avon Liquors from 4 to 6 p.m. today to kick off the festival weekend. Those who have already purchased tickets can pick up their tasting glasses during this time at Avon Liquors, and tickets for both the Writers in the Round and Reds Whites & Brews will be available for purchase without ticket fees.
Proceeds from the Reds Whites & Brews festival will benefit the Samantha Remington Angel Heart Foundation and the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.redswhitesandbrews.net.
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