Foodshed Alliance celebrates local harvest, entertainers in Salida
If you enjoy the local farmers markets, don’t miss two upcoming ShedFest celebrations in Buena Vista and Salida. Salida’s 11th annual ShedFest will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Alpine Park, located at Fifth and E streets. Buena Vista will host its inaugural Shedfest on Friday, Oct. 13, from 3 to 7 p.m. in downtown BV’s South Main Town Square.
“Shedfest is a family-friendly event that celebrates local farmers, ranchers, food producers, artists and musicians to wrap up the farmers market season,” said Ashley Ahlene, general manager of the Foodshed Alliance, which coordinates the local farmers markets and Shedfest.
“ShedFest grows in popularity and community participation each year,” Ahlene said. “And of course, we would not have a vibrant farmers market without our amazing vendors who produce some of the finest foods, goods and services in the state of Colorado.”
Besides regular farmers market fare such as vegetables, eggs, meats, cheese, bread and prepared foods, ShedFest will highlight the harvest event with live music, entertainment, a Crockpot Cook-off, libations, arts, children’s activities and much more.
Proceeds from the sales of Crockpot Cook-off entries, tasting tickets and beverages will benefit future Foodshed Alliance farmers markets. Tickets to sample the Crockpot entries and vote on your favorite are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 9 and younger. Tickets will be available on the day of the event, but are expected to sell out early. For more information about competing in the cook-off, visit FoodshedAlliance.com/crockpot-cook-off. Categories include Best of Show, vegetarian and meat. Participants will be competing for more than $200 in prizes featuring local goods and services.
Buena Vista’s Shedfest runs from 3 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 with farmers market vendors and a beer garden featuring Elevation Beer Company. The Crockpot Cookoff will be held from 4 to 6 p.m.
Musical entertainment from 3 to 4:30 p.m. features Seth Roberts (of Weathervane Farm) and Chris Leydon playing folk sounds on the ancient Nyckelharpa (a traditional Swedish keyed fiddle). From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Salida Circus acrobats, jugglers, trapeze artists, unicyclists and stiltwalkers will show off their talents. Music resumes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with Nathan Rivera and Jessie Andra Smith, who create a fusion of jazzy folk and blues on resonator guitars and accordion.
Salida’s Shedfest runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 in Alpine Park, featuring more than 50 local vendors and organizations. A Libations Garden will serve beverages from Soulcraft Brewing Co., Deerhammer Distilling Co. and Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub, plus lemon-lime soda, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Salida Shedfest Crockpot Cookoff will be held from noon to 2 p.m., with a fundraiser drawing held at 2 p.m. to benefit future Foodshed Alliance events.
The musical lineup begins at 8 a.m. featuring Steven Smalzel on vocals, banjo, harmonica and guitar. The Salida Circus performs from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by the Salida High School Jazz Band from 11 a.m. to noon. Nathan Rivera and Jessie Andra Smith will present their fusion of jazzy folk and blues from noon to 3 p.m. Ongoing activities throughout the day will include face painting, a petting zoo, henna art, caricatures, rock painting, balloon clinics, massages and wool spinning demonstrations.
For more information, visit FoodshedAlliance.com.