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Flavors of Colorado kicks off Friday

Flavors of Colorado gives festival goers the opportunity to taste brews and spirits from around the state.
Thomas H .Green | Special to the Daily |

AVON ­— The second annual Flavors of Colorado festival (http://www.flavorsofcolorado.com) brings together Colorado-based musicians, chefs, artists, craft brewers and distillers to celebrate and discover all things Colorado. The weekend-long festival starts Friday and goes through Sunday. It is free to attend.

The festival is full of entertaining and educational elements all tied back to local artisans and their craft. From food and drink tastings, live music, seminars and cooking demonstrations, an art showcase and activities for the kids, the Flavors of Colorado festival offers something unique and interesting for everyone.

The Farm to Chef’s Table charity dinner on Friday features an intimate, perfectly paired, four-course meal from four of Colorado’s finest culinary artists, including Executive Chef Theo Otte of 626 on Rood; chef-owners Hunter Chamness and Cara Luff of Boxcar; chef Allana Smith of FOODSmith; and Executive Chef Kevin Delonay of Maya at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa. Each will share how best to enjoy each course with the perfectly paired craft brews and summer cocktails, paired and presented by senior brewmaster Katie Rippel of Anheuser-Busch’s Fort Collins Brewery and mixologist Billie Keithley of Breckenridge Distillery. The evening will also include live art and a live musical performance by Colorado’s own Mac McCain. Tickets for this all-inclusive evening are $100 per person/$50 for those 14 and younger with proceeds benefiting Bright Future Foundation. Tickets are limited, so reserve your seat at the table today at http://www.flavorsofcolorado.com.

Other weekend activities include food and beverage tastings, where attendees can enjoy great bites from Colorado chefs, restaurants, craft brewers and craft distillers. The weekend will also be full of live music. The lineup includes: The Flobots, Otone Brass Band, Robby Peoples & The Bank Walkers, Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene, Wash Park Funk Band, Mac McCain, and Bonnie and the Clydes. The Flobots will be taking the stage as the headlining act Saturday evening and Colorado’s own Mac McCain will perform at Friday’s Farm to Chef’s Table charity dinner. Don’t miss educational discussions and seminars throughout the weekend, which are free to attend. Topics include beer etiquette, cheese making and cocktail pairing. The festival will also feature an art fair and kids activities.

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