Third annual AgriCulture Fest and Feast takes place Saturday
August 25, 2016
Remaining tickets to the AgriCulture Feast are limited but still available for $50 each by calling 970-356-6775 or online at greeleytribune.com/agriculturefest
Check out the AgriCulture Fest & Feast on Facebook, and use the hashtag #festfeast to share your experience during the event.
Community Stage Lineup
The AgriCulture Fest will offer live music. Here’s a look at the lineup:
» 9:15-10 a.m. — The Heartstring Hunters
» 10:30-11:15 a.m. — Emma Marie
» 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. — Hippie Buckaroos, playing the music of your lives
» 1:45-2:30 p.m. — Vocal Iron, a University of Northern Colorado collegiate mixed a capella group.
To celebrate and savor Weld County's agricultural history and culture, the third annual AgriCulture Fest and Feast will take place Saturday.
The first of this two-part event runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Union Pacific depot, 902 7th Ave., in downtown Greeley. The day features live music, a petting zoo, tractor show, food, a beer and spirit garden, merchants and more. Decorative panels will depict the history of Weld in images and text.
Demonstrations and education will provide opportunities to experience and interact with the past and present, including an all-day on-site beer brewing by Brewnion Colony. The Centennial Village, 1475 A. St., will offer historic old-fashioned lawn games and pedal cars for kids, as well as a sour-kraut demonstration.
Free horse-drawn hay rides will be given between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Entry to the fest portion of the event is free, and vendors will sell wares, local foods and beverages. Additionally, the Greeley Farmers' Market will happen in tandem with AgriCulture Fest.
"You can enjoy your day, and also take home some fresh produce straight from the farm," said Emily Tilton, event producer for The Tribune, who helped organize the event.
The second part of this late-summer celebration is the AgriCulture Feast. Tickets are required for this showcase of visual and culinary art. The formal dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Twelve local, professional chefs will craft locally grown and produced foods into family-style meals to be savored under the stars. Tilton hinted Wednesday about some elaborate surprises in store to enhance diners' experience.
"The chefs are pouring their culinary artistry into this meal," Tilton said.
The complete menu is a surprise, but a couple dishes to look forward to are cream cheese berry peppercorn muffin poppers and a Caresse salad roll made from local mozzarella wrapped in tomato leather, basil and dressed with a balsamic glaze.
Local cocktails, beer and wine from Syntax Spirits, WeldWerks Brewing and Ten Bears Winery will round off this literal taste of Weld County's rich culinary culture.
Tickets are limited, but there is still an opportunity to partake in the feast for $50 per ticket. Proceeds go toward the Greeley Creative District.
The fest and feast are produced by The Tribune in partnership with the Downtown Development Authority and the Greeley Creative District. Parking will be free downtown, including the new parking lot off 10th Street and 7th Avenue.