Grilling season is upon us -- although it may be hard to tell with all the hail storms and tornado sirens -- and there will be plenty of backyard barbecues this weekend. But many local restaurants are also firing up their grills -- and there are some smokin' food festivals in the mountains. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar Memorial Day weekend. See also: Blooming Beets Kitchen could open today in Boulder
Friday, May 23
Jake's Food & Spirits is holding its third annual Patio Pig Roast this afternoon at 4 p.m. The event is free, and there will be drinks and plenty of pig to pass around. The patio party is the official kick-off to Jake's BBQ Fridays, which will continue every Friday throughout the summer. Visit the Jake's website for more info.
The Breckenridge Wine Extravaganza gets under way today and will run through the weekend. The event includes wine dinners, free tastings, wine and chocolate pairings, music from Dotsero and others, and about a dozen Colorado wineries. The festival kicks off tonight with two winemaker dinners featuring wines from Garfield Estates Winery and Avanti Winery and food by chef Stephen Kleinman of Spencer's at Beaver Run Resort, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a chocolate and wine pairing from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The indoor festival will take place at the Beaver Run Resort. You can purchase tickets -- $80 per person -- and learn more about the extravaganza here. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Breckenridge Mountain Rotary Club.
FEAST! will fill Vail with great dishes and drinks all weekend. Get the details here.
Saturday, May 24
The Beaver Creek Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival takes place this weekend starting today and continuing through Monday. The event promises plenty of fun for the whole family, including live music, BBQ competitions and one of the largest Colorado microbrewery beer tastings. Ticket prices vary by day and event, from $40 to $125. For more information, a complete list of events and ticket details, click here.
Sunday, May 25
Jonesy's will be throwing its fifth annual Memorial Sunday BBQ today, grilling up brats and burgers and pouring beer and drink specials starting at 4 p.m. There will be live music by Jonny Barber starting at 6 p.m. Check Jonsey's Facebook page for more info.
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