For one evening, some of Denver's best restaurants converge at the DoubleTree Hotel to showcase their finest culinary creations, all available for sampling by attendees. Paired with these menus are more than 50 wines from around the globe, sipped alongside rich fondues, fresh seafood, and tender cuts of meat served in a wine glass sidecar.
The Rocky Mountains backdrop Clement Park. Yet for one weekend each year, this public gathering spot doesn't look, sound, smell, or feel anything like Colorado. A wave of green washes over the park like the die tank at a kilt factory exploded, and the Colorado Irish Festival kicks off its annual celebration of the Emerald Isle.
For two decades now, tens of thousands of people have flocked to the event to view (and perhaps wear) a grand collection of kilts and bagpipes. Those bagpipes roar to life with traditional Irish music, which shares the stage with step dancing and more contemporary Irish rock bands?including frequent headliner Gaelic Storm, who attendees may recognize from the film Titanic. Other areas of the festival brim with Irish and Celtic goods, including jewelry, sculptures, and kilt accessories.
In 2011, the Colorado Irish Festival marked the debut event for Killian's Irish Stout, which has a recipe that goes back to Enniscorthy, Ireland. George Killian's brew brings Ireland and Colorado together, since it's made at the local Coors brewery?making it an ideal choice for the festival's signature drink.
Mike Burns and Dan Karabacz wanted to keep track of all the beers they'd tasted on their travels, so as a practical solution, they created a website dedicated to doing just that. They don't keep it to themselves, though?they welcome submissions from beer enthusiasts around the world. BeerCraving serves as a global scrapbook, allowing users to post photos of their favorite brews from watering holes across the United States and beyond for the benefit of those with common interests or who aren't sure what beer looks like.
To take that love of trying new things one step further, BeerCraving also holds three Denver-area festivals throughout the year: The Fermentation Festival, Chef N Brew Festival, and the South Denver Beer Fest. The first, true to its name, explores all kinds of fermented food and drink, bringing together craft breweries and restaurants as well as kombucha breweries and sauerkraut specialists. The Chef N Brew Festival, meanwhile, pits regional chefs and brewers against each other in a pairing competition. In keeping with the company's passion for beer education, each event features seminars and educational demonstrations.
Children and teens engage their imaginations during dynamic adventures set in a fantastical time filled with dashing knights questing in the name of good. Groups of four to seven young heroes must overcome challenging puzzles and duel with foam swords as they work together to complete tasks such as saving their village, solving a mystery, or developing the technique of crop rotation. While swinging a Swasher sword, children learn how to compete and act fairly according to the rules of swordplay. The interactive play teaches kids creative problem solving and conflict-resolution skills that incorporate negotiation and compromises to solve complex disputes.
Expert gourmand Jackie Rebideau has a peculiar passion for cheese. In an effort to share this ardor with the public, she created Fromage to Yours, a company that holds classes and special events to educate people about this celebrated edible. In addition to her recently launched grilled cheese food truck, Mobile Meltz, Jackie teaches pupils about the art of making artisan cheeses such as mozzarella, halloumi, ricotta, and paneer, demonstrating tasteful techniques and dispelling myths that the holes in swiss cheese are formed by mini meteors training for future journeys to the moon. Fromage to Yours also orchestrates special events such as the Colorado Cheese Festival, which more than 150 samples of artisanal American cheese.