Taste of the San Luis Valley debuts this weekend

Monday, June 25, 2018 4:59 PM

The Journal

The first annual Taste of the San Luis Valley, which highlights several local restaurants and food producers, is scheduled for Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Monte Vista’s Chapman Park.

“Inspiration for the Taste is all the great places for food here in the Valley,” Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce member Jerry Apker said in a news release.

The five restaurants/food companies participating include Monte Vista’s Mountain View Restaurant, Don Thomas Bakery and Quincy’s Steakhouse, Chef Charles’ southern-style barbeque food truck, and Sylvia’s Ice Cream & Treats. Quincy’s Steakhouse will serve mini-prime rib sandwiches with a side of au jus. Chef Charles will have tastings and full meals of his fried catfish, pulled pork, beef brisket, fried okra and coleslaw.

Rio Colorado Grande Natural Meats will have its signature wild game sausages and jerky, and Colorado Farm Brewery, San Luis Brewing and Square Per Brewerks will pour tasty microbrew suds. There will also be about a dozen arts and craft vendors there with items such as handcrafted soap, one-of-a-kind home décor pieces, essential oils and professional photo art.

The local music groups Indian Nickel and Mariachi San Luis will perform, and the Colorado National Guard will have an Humvee and jousting pit for the kids.

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Event schedule10 a.m.: Event opening

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: KSLV live broadcast from the park

11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m.: Indian Nickel

Noon-1 p.m.: Cooking demonstration by Shamrock Foods Executive Chef

3-4 p.m.: Mariachi San Luis

4:30-6 p.m.: Country singer Wes Richards