Friday, August 26, 2011

The Springs' Chile Chili Festival offers the best of everywhere else

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 12:43 PM

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The upcoming Chile Chili Festival at Rock Ledge Ranch looks like a hell of a time. The Sept. 3 festival's offering green chiles roasted using a "one-of-a-kind chile roaster" from Milberger Farms in Pueblo; Cattlemen's Choice Beef from Fremont County; and food trucks galore from Denver.

And by galore, I'm talking, like, galore! There's Street Eats, and Crock Spot, and Sweet Nothings Chocolate Co., and Max Lunch, and Mythos Gourmet Greek Food Truck, and Sweet Revenge Cupcakes, and Steuben's Truck, and ... see? Galore!

There's even donated beer via Fort Collins' New Belgium Brewing Co., the proceeds of which will benefit Rock Ledge. (Good, right?)

But if, at this point, you're thinking, "That's a lot of businesses not from Colorado Springs," well, we were, too. So we e-mailed Pueblo-based festival organizer Tisha Casida.

"We have spent the last 8 months canvassing all over Colorado Springs (to over 500 small businesses, including restaurants), with very minimal local response for our first year event," she replied. "We do believe that many folks may be setting this year out to see how the first year goes (this was a common response from those we have approached), and that is okay. We would LOVE to work with more local restaurants, but they have to be willing to jump in and try us out as well."

Casida declined to name which businesses she contacted, but we'd still love to know. Colorado Springs has plenty to offer in all the represented areas, and at least a few restaurants that seem to have the inclination to support most causes that come their way.

So if you were contacted by Casida, by all means comment on why you declined the invite. If you weren't contacted, and feel you should have been, let us know that, too. Otherwise, grab five bucks (free for active-duty military, and kids 10 and under) and enjoy a taste of Colorado — just, not Colorado Springs.

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