Spicy lineup in Snowmass features chili, beer, music

By Corby Anderson
Real AspenJune 4, 2012
The vaunted Roaring Fork Valley summer festival season kicks off this weekend with a two-day mountain party that holds something for anyone who loves great craft and home brews, world-class nosh, and a fantastically diverse live music lineup. 

The 9th Annual Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest takes place all day long on both Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10, on the Snowmass Village Mall and the Fanny Hill stage.

The festival is a serious competition for brewers and cooks alike, with prestigious awards going to the top Summer Seasonal Ale and to the best home brew. Chili cooks from across the nation will be serving up their heated concoctions and vying for purses of up to $1000 for the primo traditional chili red, chili verde and salsa categories, all judged on taste, flavor blending, consistency, aroma, color, and – bolster your guts – heat!

As an added incentive — as if seeing an entire village of happy gastro-adventurers greedily lapping up their igneous concoctions isn’t enough – the winners of the Snowmass chili competitions secure themselves a spot in the International Chili Society’s 2012 World Chili & Salsa Championship held in Charleston, West Virginia. 

A traditional festival highlight are the Seasonal Brews Samplings from 5-8pm on Friday and a Grand Tasting from 3-5pm on Saturday, which feature samplers from all of the participants, including a European and exotic brew tasting tent and a Jim Beam Small Batch Bourbon booth (Friday) and a Sauza Tequila booth on Saturday.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Snowmass festival without an incredible music lineup pumping jams out on the verdant lawn of the Fanny Hill ski run. 

Music headliners include international sensation Gypsy Punk band Gorgol Bordello who perform on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m., along with New Orleans Funk Band, Galactic, who play at 1 p.m. On Friday night, West African Reggae band Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, will take the stage at 4:30 p.m. and open for The Congress, a southern Rhythm & Blues/Rock & Roll band, who play at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are affordable for both single-day event passes and full festival passes, with various options offered. A 2-Day Party Pass is a bargain at $65 for all of the beer, food and music a person can possibly enjoy in one weekend.

Festival-goers are encouraged to use the bus and shuttle systems as parking is limited in Snowmass Village. For more information on the Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest, go to www.snowmasschiliandbrew.com. For more information on lodging and ticket packages call 1800SNOWMASS or go to www.snowmasstourism.com.
The Snowmass Chili and Brew Fest is this weekend.


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