Rediscover all the delicious food that Ouray County has to offer.
Ouray, CO, July 6, 2016: Tantalize your tastebuds and savor Ouray County’s lively culinary scene at Fork Fest 2016, coming to Ridgway and Ouray on Aug. 19 and 20. Sponsored by Weehawken Creative Arts, Fork Fest began in 2013 as a fresh local twist on the erstwhile Ouray Culinary Festival of the 1980s. This year, organizers have expanded the scope of the event, shifting it from May to August, and including activities in Ridgway as well as Ouray. Throughout the weekend, foodies from near and far will delight in all the delicious food that Ouray County and the greater Uncompahgre Valley have to offer, and will learn new ways to prepare it for friends and family at home.
Fork Fest 2016 begins at Exotic Earth Coffee Roasters (602 N. Cora Street in Ridgway) at 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, with roasting demonstrations and coffee sampling. From there, the action shifts to the Ridgway Farmers Market at Hartwell Park, where there will be free chef demonstrations from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Here, a colorful and talented cast of local chefs, caterers and food producers will demonstrate (and let you taste!) inventive ways to prepare local produce and meat. The themes of the chef demos will be as varied as the produce they’ll be showcasing.
In all, about six local and regional food producers will be participating in Friday’s demonstrations, including Sara Sharpe from Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast and Catering, Christine Wilson from Wilson Landscaping, Ouray caterer Kat Papenbrock (using Circle A Gardens produce), Dawn Klein and Gary Mevius (demo-ing Smoke Lick Salts).
“Come visit with your local chefs and producers, pick up some tasty treats and learn a new recipe or two,” said Weehawken board president and Fork Fest coordinator Faith Parry.
On Friday evening, explore the culinary offerings of Ouray’s restaurants during a Restaurant Crawl from 5-9 p.m. For $35, participants will get 10 tickets apiece to enjoy local specialties and cultural events at 11 local restaurants: Bissen at the Ouray Main Street Inn, Two Rascals Tacos and Taps, KJ Wood Distillery, Goldbelt Bar and Grill, Mouse’s Chocolates & Coffee, Mineshaft Restaurant and Tiki Bar at Twin zPeaks Lodge, Rib City at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, Ray’s Jerky, Secret Garden Catering and Cedar Key Infusions at Wildflower Boutique, Bachelor Syracuse Miner’s Cafe at Hotel Ouray and O’Brien’s Pub.
Tickets can be purchased on line at weehawkenarts.org or at KJ Wood Distillery and Bissen on the night of the event. Tickets will also be available on Friday (the 19th) at the Ridgway Farmer’s Market during the chef demonstrations.
The first evening of Fork Fest 2016 culminates with an outdoor screening of Mountain Film on Tour in Ridgway’s Hartwell Park, starting at 7:30 pm. The fun continues on Saturday, Aug. 20, when local chefs offer a variety of cooking
classes at Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast. There will be a children’s Asian cooking class at 10 am followed by High Altitude Bread making, Sauces and Fondue. View the full class schedule and registration information at www.weehawkenarts.org.
The grand finale of Fork Fest 2016 takes place in Ridgway with a Farm-to- Table themed community potluck dinner in Ridgway’s Hartwell Park with live music, starting at 5 p.m., followed by another free MountainFilm on Tour screening at 7:30 p.m. Participation in the potluck is $5 per person for families bringing a dish and $12 if you are visiting and are not able to bring a dish. All participants are encouraged to bring a dish with ingredients from local farms or area farmer’s markets.Those wishing to participate in the potluck are asked to RSVP (if possible) to email@example.com. Complete potluck information (indluding a list of suggested types of dishes to bring, based on the first letter of your last name) is available at ridgwaycreativedistrict.com and at weehawkenarts.org. “The focus is really on local food products and local talent,” said Ouray Chamber Resort Association Executive Director and local chef Kat Papenbrock, who has helped organize the event since its inception. “There are some amazing products grown in the Uncompahgre Valley, and throughout the weekend, we will be showing you what to do with them at home.” For more information about ForkFest 2016, visit www.weehawkenarts.org.