The WinterWonderGrass Festival 2016 survival guide
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What: WinterWonderGrass Festival.
When: Friday, Feb. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 21.
Where: Nottingham Park, 1 W. Benchmark Road, Avon.
Cost: Single-day tickets start at $74, and three-day passes start at $149.
More information: Visit www.winterwondergrass.com.
Skis and swag
The WinterWonderGrass Festival this year is teaming up with presenting partner Breckenridge Distillery to offer exclusive craft cocktails at 19 pouring stations throughout the festival grounds, in addition to the craft beer and other Colorado products that will be served.
“Years ago, they were using our bourbon and a lot of different Colorado products, but this year, they’re doing exclusively Breck Distillery products — bourbon, vodka, spiced rum, spiced whiskey,” said Litch Polich, hooch slinger for Breckenridge Distillery. “They’ve come up with some cool cocktails.”
Specialty drinks include the Banjo, made with Breckenridge Vodka, Rocky Mountain Ginger Beer, cranberry juice and lime; the Blue Bull, with Breckenridge Vodka and cold Yerba Mate; and the WonderMule, a mix of Breckenridge Bourbon, Rocky Mountain Ginger Beer, honey simple syrup and lime.
Breckenridge Distillery and Rocky Mountain Underground also will have a booth on the premises, where concertgoers can learn more about the companies’ products, score some swag and register to win a pair of RMU skis with distillery logo graphics. Registration for the raffle is open Friday and Saturday, and the skis will be given away just prior to headliner Greensky Bluegrass taking the stage on Saturday night.
Follow WinterWonderGrass and Breckenridge Distillery on Facebook to learn more about festival promotions.
— Krista Driscoll
We cannot wait to host you during the fourth annual WinterWonderGrass Festival. It is truly a privilege to be creating such an incredible event in our own backyard, and we welcome all of you with open arms.
Here are a few things about the weekend we thought you would want to know. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty and get this show on the road.
WHAT TO WEAR
WinterWonderGrass Festival is an outdoor winter event, and we encourage all fans to dress appropriately for the weather. It will get colder as the sun drops, so dress in wool and layers. Avoiding cotton clothing and wearing extra socks and long underwear help, too. Add mittens, hats and winter boots (waterproof), as well as scarves and hand warmers. We also recommend sunscreen, and we encourage one-piece old school ski suits and wigs. No feather boas or glitter — they are horrible for the environment.
HOW TO GET TO THE FEST
Please park at home or at your hotel.
• Festival parking is available at the Beaver Creek Bear Lot for free until 11 p.m. No overnight parking is allowed, however, due to snow removal.
• Taxi drop-off and pick-up will be on the north side of Lake Street just outside the festival gates.
• Turtle Bus is offering a $30 WinterWonderGrass Weekend Pass for three days.
• Uber is adding extra drivers for the weekend in the Vail Valley. For new Uber users, the code WonderGrass16 will get you $20 off your first ride.
• Check the Eco Transit website for all downvalley bus service.
• Please do not drink and drive.
PICKING UP WRISTBANDS
The box office will open at 2 p.m. today. Please print your ticket at home and remember to bring your photo identification card or driver’s license. All late-night show tickets will also be available at the box office for pick up.
There will be four different food trucks onsite offering a variety of food options with Moe’s Fish House & BBQ, Nomad Street Cuisine, Green Elephant Juicery and Rocky Mountain Taco. The SoapBox Lounge will sell coffees, teas, hot chocolate, soups, WinterWonderJuice and tasty treats, and vin48 will be serving an incredible menu in the VIP area each day.
Bring your own H2o bottle
Plastic water bottles will not be for sale on site, so please bring a reusable container to refill at the water stations. Free water will be available all weekend. Please stay hydrated.
Beer tastings are each day, today, Saturday and Sunday, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the two heated beer halls. There will be 18 Colorado craft breweries serving their signature brews. You must be 21 years old or older to participate in the beer tastings.
Dancing is highly encouraged at all times. Wear comfortable shoes to show off your best groovy moves. Bring bags for your feet to keep them dry. The music starts at 2:30 p.m. each day.
SMOKING and MARIJUANA LAWS
It is illegal to smoke cigarettes or marijuana in public places in Colorado. This is a community and family event in a public park. Edible warning: Be mindful of what you consume. Don’t be that person.
NO FENCE JUMPING
Please walk through the main gates with a ticket in hand. No outside alcohol is allowed in the venue. You will be patted down at the front gate and all bags checked, so please do not try to be sneaky. We respect our local law enforcement, and they respect you. We encourage high-fives.
LEAVE NO TRACE
Please pack it in and pack it out. We really look to the festival fans to contribute. We have a zero-waste effort with recycling and composting and no plastic water bottles. Thank you for respecting our beautiful land.
BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU
We hope everyone will respect the environment, respect the community, respect the children and respect themselves. We are all partners on this journey.
Jennifer Brazill is a partner and director of marketing for WinterWonderGrass Festival.