Bluegrass festival melds with beerfest and bazaar |

Bluegrass festival melds with beerfest and bazaar

A photo from last year's TheBigWonderful down in Denver.
Courtesy Dylan Langille

TheBigWonderful is coming to Winter Park for the first time next weekend, featuring the festival’s three pillars: beerfest, bluegrass and bazaar. Visitors will be met with a number of Colorado craft breweries, live music and an entire market of artisan goods.

The festival began five years ago in the RINO district of Denver, and is making it’s first trip to the mountains.

“It’s basically just a day of celebrating all things Colorado, from local clothing makers, to local beer and local music,” said Meg Ryan, a representative of TheBigWonderful. “This will be the first time it head into a mountain town. They’re really excited to expand out there and bring more of Colorado into the experience.”

The festival will be held at the Winter Park Resort Village as part of the resort’s Spring Bash & Splash celebration on April 7, and will gather together more than 30 Colorado merchants selling everything from clothing, jewelry, candles, food and much more.

In between runs on the mountain and shopping in the bazaar, guests can partake in the beerfest portion of the festival. Visitors can purchase a wristband which grants unlimited tastings from more than 10 craft breweries, wineries and distilleries including Great Divide, Breckenridge Brewery, 4 Noses Brewing, New Belgium, and 14er Brewing among others.

There are currently 11 breweries and distilleries announced, but organizers expect more to be added before the event. Beerfest wristbands are $35 for advanced tickets and $45 at the door, and both include a commemorative beer glass. The beerfest will be open from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.

“We’ll have the beerfest tents interspersed with the bazaar,” said Ryan. “So every two or three vendors will be a brewery. People can come at noon, get their wristbands, do a round of tastings, back to skiing, and then come back in the afternoon and do another round.”

The festival also features some homegrown bluegrass music from That Damn Sasquatch and Trout Steak Revival. That Damn Sasquatch is a Denver based bluegrass and blues quartet that was recently named Best Local Band by Wild Colorado. Emmy winners and headliner Trout Steak Revival will take over from 3 to 5 p.m.

“It’s just going to be a really fun day,” said Ryan. “We’re really excited to bring the beerfest, bluegrass and bazaar up there. We know that the resort’s events always go really well, and are always super fun on the mountain. So we’re super excited to see everyone having fun up there.”

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