Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival is Almost Here!

Calling all oenophiles and music lovers. It’s time for the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival!  Filled with wine tastings, educational seminars and live music from such great artists as Pg6ix, Kirby Velarde quartet, Harold Rapp, Jackiem Joyner, Stanley Jordan, and Selena Albright.  All these greats are headlined by crowd favorite Dotsero. The River Run Village Grand Tasting brings it all together. With our epic summer time days here for this fabulous festival, the mountains are calling. The festival kicks off with a reserve wine tasting this Friday, July 12th at 7:00pm and continues through the weekend.

Wine and Jazz Festival Pour

The wine seminars are an engaging and fun way to increase your wine knowledge.  Starting Saturday, July 13th at 12:00pm at Warren Station we have “Let’s talk DIRT-Y” with viticulturist Rudy Marchesi.  He was Oregon’s person of the year and is the owner of Montinore Estate in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. He is a leader in certified organic farming and the biodynamic community.  Don’t miss his story and wine tastings. Included is a 2017 Pinot Fris, NV Borealis, 2018 almost dry Riesling, 2017 Red Cap Pinot Noir, and a 2014 Grahams Block 7 Pinot Noir.

Next up at 2:00PM at Warren Station is Master Sommelier Roland Mico leading the “More than Pinot Noir” seminar.  Alternatives to Pinot Noir being served will include a Nerello Mascalese and a Beaujolais.   

Ending the day nicely we have “Let’s Talk Tequila – Shaken, Stirred, and Straight”.  This takes place at Warren Station at 4:00PM. We all have our favorite Margarita places.  Presented by Tyler Wang, you will learn history, production, and an insider’s guide to Tequila.  You will also learn about pairing ingredients and try a Paloma Cocktail. Included are samplings of El Tesoro Tequilas. Concluding this fascinating seminar will be a cocktail creation demonstration.  Take your newfound seminar knowledge and browse the wine tents in River Run Village while listening to some fantastic jazz and enjoying the wonderful summertime weather in the mountains. 

Make sure you stick around for Sunday’s festivities.  The day opens with the annual favorite seminar, ‘Prosecco and Pancakes’, running from 10:30am – 12:30pm at Warren Station.  Enjoy scrumptious Ruffino Prosecco Cocktails with an interesting mix of pancakes, toppings and classic breakfast sides, a great way to start the day!  

Finish off two days of education, memories, fun, wine, spirits and bubbles with “Name! That! Wine!” at 2:00pm at Warren Station.  The presenter is Ben Braley. You will try blind tastings and learn more about approach and flavor characteristics for many different varietals.  This will all take place in an exciting game show style format. Blind tastings are an excellent way to learn about our own palate and what you are smelling and tasting.  

We hope you can join us for this amazing weekend of Wine and Jazz.  Stay the weekend and book one of our ticket and lodging festival packages, where you can save up to 15% on your weekend. But hurry, package sales end Friday at 4 pm.  If there is a certain seminar you are interested in attending, be sure to also purchase your seminar tickets in advance, as they typically sell out! Book a River Run Condo with a festival view and you can watch the music from the balcony and you won’t have to worry about driving anywhere after wine tasting. We hope to see you this weekend! 

Labor Day Weekend at Keystone Resort

Head to Keystone this weekend for some Labor Day weekend fun and family friendly events!  On Friday, head up the River Run Gondola – FOR FREE at the Friday Afternoon Club!  Head to the top for some pre-5K stretching on a mountain top hike and then sit back and enjoy live music and drink specials.  On Saturday, participate in the Das Bier Burner 5K at noon to earn your free brat and beer at Keystone Oktoberfest, which kicks off after the race from 1 – 6 pm. Keystone’s Oktoberfest is one of the most family friendly in all of Colorado, with dancing, face painting and performances from the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers dancers.  German Fare and of course Oktoberfest beers, live music and polka dancers complete this great event at Keystone.  On Sunday head to Lakeside Village for ‘A Taste of Keystone’ where you can sample delicious cuisine from Keystone’s best restaurants as you take in the views and enjoy live music around the lake.  Rent a stand up paddle board or paddle boat for a fun afternoon in the sun.

Kids enjoying Chicken Dance at Keystone Oktoberfest

 

Enjoy one last weekend in the mountains before Fall arrives!  View available weekend lodging in Keystone on our website.

Registration Rates for the Das Bier Burner 5K Go Up on August 16

The is the only race that rewards you with a brat and a beer afterwards, it’s the Das Bier Burner 5K in Keystone, Colorado! This fun and family-friendly event supports local charity, SOS Outreach who works with at-risk youth to improve their lives and skills through adventure programming, such as skiing and hiking! The Das Bier Burner 5K 2018 is in its 5th year and is fun for everyone involved. Dress up in your favorite lederhosen or dirndl, Yeti costume or as a beer stein – whatever it is, make it good because you will want to win the Freshies Drink Gift Baskets offered up at the audience-judged costume contest!

 

The race starts and finishes at the entrance to River Run Village in the heart of Keystone Resort.  Runners head east on the Keystone bike path towards Settler’s Creek and back through the Alders neighborhood.  The course crosses the bubbling Snake River multiple times and eventually heads back past the River Run Gondola and straight into the village where the crowds will be cheering you on!  Cross the finish line and then shortly after, head into Oktoberfest to claim your free brat and beer! All registered runners receive a commemorative event t-shirt and goody bag filled with schwag!  You’ll also have tickets for a free brat and beer (if you are over 21) at Keystone Oktoberfest!

 

Happy Female Runners at the Das Bier Burner 5K in Keystone Resort

 

Keystone Oktoberfest runs from 1 – 6 pm in River Run.  The event is free to attend with German fare and drinks available for purchase.  You can also pickup an Oktoberfest commemorative beer stein that includes 3 drink coupons for just $35.  The afternoon will feature live music from festival favorite, ‘Those Austrian Guys’ and live performances from the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers dancers.  Kids can dance and have their faces painted.  There will be other kids activities all day long.

 

Kids enjoying Chicken Dance at Keystone Oktoberfest

 

Get registered for the Das Bier Burner 5K today before registration rates go up on August 16!

 

 

Les Than 24 Hours to Left Book a Bluegrass & Beer Ticket and Lodging Package!

The Bluegrass & Beer Festival’s lineup is STACKED this year including bands like Mandolin Orange, The Lil Smokies, Head for the Hills, Masontown, Whitewater Ramble and many, many more! SummitCove ticket & lodging packages are only available until 3 pm tomorrow, so make sure you book now to save up to 15% on the weekend, PLUS get a free Bruz Beer Bomber at check-in.  You’ve got les than 24 hours to save big on weekend fun!

 

Don’t miss one of Colorado’s favorite beer festivals with amazing music all weekend long across three stages and beer tasting from over 40 of the best breweries in Colorado and the nation, this weekend in Keystone, Colorado!

 

Start the fun tomorrow night at the “Eat, Drink, Pick” Beer Maker’s Pairing Dinner with New Belgium Brewing and Chef Chris Rybak at Warren Station. There will be live music by Shaky Hand String Band.  You’ll work your way through 6 small plates, each paired with a special New Belgium Brew.  Tickets are $60 in advance or $70 day of, if still available.

 

Music for the festival begins at 11:30 both days, with the food tents opening at 12 and the beer tasting beginning at 1pm and running through 5 pm.  This event is family friendly and includes a Kidtopia Kids Zone with activities, crafts, face painting and more.  You can start the day early on Saturday or Sunday at the Alpenglow Stube, where they will be offering a special Bluegrass & Beer Brunch – features beer specials and live music from Half Pelican on Saturday and Musk N’ Boots on Sunday.  Book your weekend package now! 

Score a Free Bruz Beer Bomber When You Book a Bluegrass & Beer Package

A quintessential Colorado festival is heading back to Keystone on the first weekend of August for its 22nd year, The Bluegrass & Beer Festival!  Fourteen of Colorado and the nation’s best Bluegrass bands will perform on 3 different stages throughout the weekend at Keystone Resort’s very own River Run Village.  Beer samplings from over 40 breweries will be available on both days. You can also enjoy amazing food dishes prepared by Keystone’s best restaurant chefs.  And if all of that wasn’t enough, you can also score a free bomber of Bruz Beer when you book one of our Bluegrass & Beer Festival packages!  Book now though, because the free bombers are on a limited supply!

 

 

The weekend’s music lineup includes some huge names, including Monocle Band, Old Salt Union, Ragged Union, Masontown, Cicada Rhythm, The Lonesome Days, Head for the Hills, White Water Ramble, Brent Cobb, The Lil Smokies, and Mandolin Orange!  We are so excited to welcome these great acts to Keystone!  This is one of the Colorado’s best summer festivals that people come back for year after year.

Bruz Beer Denver SummitCove Lodging Package

Don’t delay – book your Bluegrass & Beer package now and get a free Bruz Beer upon arrival!

 

Keystone Wine & Jazz Ticket and Lodging Packages on Sale Until 3pm Today

It’s not too late to save up to 15% on a last-minute trip to Keystone’s Wine & Jazz Festival happening this weekend in River Run Village.

 

Colorado Wine Festival - Wine and Jazz at Keystone

SummitCove Lodging is selling ticket and lodging packages that will save you up to 15% than purchasing them separately! Hurry, you only have until 3pm today! Otherwise, you can purchase tickets on KeystoneFestivals.com or at the festival gates, starting an hour before the event.

Check out the weekend’s schedule of events:

Friday, July 13th

3 PM – 6 PM  Friday Afternoon Club – Free Gondola Rides
7 PM – 9 PM (MUSIC UNTIL 10PM) Reserve Wine Tasting – Warren Station | Buy Tickets

 

Saturday, July 14th

12 PM – 1 PM Concert: Gregory Goodloe – River Run Events Plaza | FREE
1 PM – 4 PM Concert: Will Donato – Quaking Aspen Amphitheater | FREE
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Wine Seminar: “Sniffing and Swirling – the Nose Knows”  – Warren Station | Buy Tickets
1 PM – 5 PM River Run Village Grand Tasting – River Run Village | Buy Tickets
1 PM – 5 PM Festival Food Vendors Open – River Run Village | Priced a la carte
1 PM – 5 PM KidZone – Ina’s Bridge | Free & Paid Activities
1:30 PM – 3 PM Concert: Tony Exum Jr. – River Run Events Plaza | FREE
3 PM – 4 PM Wine Seminar: “Bubbles of the World”  – Warren Station | Buy Tickets
4 PM – 5 PM Seminar: “Let’s Talk Tequila – shaken, stirred and straight”  – Warren Station Patio | Buy Tickets
3:30 PM – 5 PM Concert: Althea Rene Band –  River Run Events Plaza | FREE

 

Sunday, July 16th

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Culinary Event: “Prosecco & Pancakes” – Warren Station | Buy Tickets
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM Wine & Jazz Brunch – features wine specials and live jazz music from the Matt Flaherty Duo – Keystone Alpenglow Stube | Prices vary
12 PM – 1 PM Concert: JJ Sansaverino – River Run Events Plaza | FREE
1 PM – 4 PM Concert: Will Donato – Quaking Aspen Amphitheater | FREE
1 PM – 5 PM River Run Village Grand Tasting – River Run Village | Buy Tickets
1 PM – 5 PM Festival Food Vendors Open – River Run Village | Priced a la carte
1 PM – 5 PM KidZone – Ina’s Bridge | Free & Paid Activities
1:30 PM – 3 PM Concert: Jeff Kashiwa Band – River Run Events Plaza | FREE
2 PM – 3 PM Wine Seminar: “Off the Beaten Path” – Warren Station | Buy Tickets
3:30 PM – 5 PM Concert: Dotsero – River Run Events Plaza | FREE

We hope to see you this weekend in Keystone!

Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival is Coming Up This Weekend!

Sip and taste until your heart and taste buds are content at the 2018 Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival, happening this weekend on July 14 & 15! Purchase a lodging and ticket festival package to save up to 15% on the weekend.  Hurry though, packages are only on sale through 2 pm on Friday!

Wine and Jazz Festival Keystone Resort

Attendants of this long-running classic Colorado festival can taste over 300 varieties of wine.  There will be reds, whites and even bubbly versions available for tasting all day long with the purchase of a one-day or weekend glass pass for the Grand Tasting event in River Run Village.

 

The weekend kicks off on Friday night with the Warren Station Reserve Wine Tasting, with tasting from 7 – 9 and music going until 10 pm.  You’ll enjoy rare and hard to find glasses at this event.  Wine specialists will be on hand to help guide you through the evening, tasting as you enjoy appetizers, music and a raffle, with prizes awarded every 30 minutes. Prizes include event tickets and of course, bottles of wine! Purchase a ticket here!

 

On Saturday, head to the main event which runs from 12 – 5, with wine tasting and food vendors starting at 1.  Saturday’s lineup includes Gregory Goodloe, Will Donato, Tony Exum Jr., and the Althea Rene Band. Additional tickets are available to attend wine seminars.  On Saturday try ‘Sniffing and Swirling – the Nose Knows’ from 12:30 – 1:30, ‘Bubbles of the World’ from 3 – 4, and finally ‘Let’s Talk Tequila – shaken, stirred and straight’ happening from 4 – 5 pm. Keystone’s world class restaurants will also be providing amazing dishes throughout the village.  On Sunday, get up early for some breakfast and bubbly at the revered ‘Prosecco and Pancakes’ seminar from 10:30 – 12 pm. Enjoy music from JJ Sansaverino, Will Donato, Jeff Kashiwa Band, and festival favorite Dotsero! In the afternoon check out ‘Off the Beaten Path’ where you will explore lesser known regions and grape varietals.

 

This is a family friendly event and there is a Kidszone area open from 1 – 5 pm on both days of the event.  Kids can have their faces painted, have fun with balloon animals, do arts and crafts and more.

 

SummitCove Lodging has some great deals on lodging and ticket packages for the Wine and Jazz Fest in Keystone.  Save money when you purchase one of our festival package deals!

24 Hours Left to Book a Bacon & Bourbon Weekend Package

Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour Keystone

The clock is ticking – our Bacon & Bourbon Weekend Ticket & lodging Festival Packages are only on sale through 1pm, tomorrow!  Book your weekend lodging & festival tickets together by 1pm on Friday, June 22 to save up to 20% on the weekend.  Of course, you can book lodging anytime and purchase tickets at the gate if you miss the package deadline, but you won’t capture the savings! Weekend packages starting at $289 for two adults!

 

What’s going on this weekend? The Bacon & Bourbon Festival of course! Check out the weekend’s schedule of events, kicking off on Friday with the Friday Afternoon Club and closing out Sunday night with the free Hell’s Bell’s concert in River Run.

 

Friday, June 22nd
3  – 6 PM Friday Afternoon Club – Free Gondola Rides

 

Saturday, June 23rd
1 – 6 PM Bacon Festival – Village Bacon Sampling – River Run Events Plaza – Tickets
1 – 6 PM Food and Beverages – River Run Events Plaza
1 – 6 PM Jim Beam Bourbon Tour- River Run Events Plaza
1 – 6 PM KidsZone – Ina’s Bridge – Free & paid activities
1 – 2 PM Concert: Christof Brownell – River Run Main Stage –  FREE
1:30 – 2 PM Bacon Education Center: “The Heritage Difference – A Berkshire Story” with Nick Jones, CEO of Berkwood Farms – Quaking Aspen Amphitheater – FREE
2:30 – 4 PM Concert: Hell’s BellesRiver Run Main Stage – FREE
2:30 – 3 PM Bacon Education Center: “Bacon Royalty Coronation” with Marshall Porter, Certified Bacon Instructor – Quaking Aspen Amphitheater –  FREE
3:30 – 4 PM Bacon Education Center: “Bourbon and Beyond” with Jim Beam Specialist, Chris Galante – Quaking Aspen Amphitheater – FREE
4:15 – 4:30 PM Berkwood Farms Bacon Eating Contest – River Run Main Stage – FREE
4:30 – 6 PM Concert: Internationally Acclaimed Lez Zeppelin – River Run Main Stage – FREE
6 PM Best Bacon Awards – vote for your favorite bacon dish using the #keystonebestbacon on Instagram – River Run Main Stage –  Free

 

Sunday, June 24th
1 – 6 PM Bacon Festival – village bacon sampling – River Run Events Plaza – Tickets
1 – 6 PM Food and Beverages – River Run Events Plaza
1 – 6 PM Jim Beam Bourbon Tour – River Run Events Plaza
1 – 6 PM KidsZone – Ina’s Bridge – Free & paid activities
1 – 2 PM Concert: Tiffany Christopher – River Run Main Stage – FREE
1:30 – 2 PM Bacon Education Center: “The Heritage Difference – A Berkshire Story” with Nick Jones, CEO of Berkwood Farms – Quaking Aspen Amphitheater – FREE
2:30 – 4 PM Concert: Internationally Acclaimed Lez Zeppelin  River Run Main Stage – FREE
2:30 – 3 PM Bacon Education Center: “Master Swinelier Certification Course” with Marshall Porter, Certified Bacon Instructor – Quaking Aspen Amphitheater – FREE
4:15 – 4:30 PM Crowning of the Bacon Prince and Princess – River Run Main Stage –  FREE
4:30 – 6 PM Concert: Hell’s Belles – River Run Main Stage – FREE

 

Head up to Keystone this weekend to kickoff the Colorado Summer
Festival Season at Keystone’s first festival of the summer- Bacon & Bourbon!
Book a package deal here. 

 

Weekend Forecast: Blue Skies and Bacon

If you are still looking to make plans for the upcoming weekend, look no further! Head to the hills at Keystone Resort for the Bacon & Bourbon festival, happening this Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2018.

 

If you’ve never been to this festival, you are in for a real treat.  Thousands of pounds of bacon will be on hand for tasting, prepared in a multitude of ways.  Some of the country’s best bacon purveyors will be sizzling up classic strip-style bacon for tasting.  You’ll also see Keystone & Summit County restaurant vendors getting creative, creating all sorts of bacon flavored dishes to try.  Bacon in pasta. Bacon on pizza. Bacon on top of bacon.  Gourmet bacon dishes.  Bacon street food.  Bacon desserts. Bacon beverages and more! You’ll find some of the most unique and interesting dishes, all incorporating bacon in unexpected ways at this festival, truly a bacon lovers dream!

Bacon and Bourbon Festival

There are 3 types of tickets available for the festival – a kids ‘Piglet’ ticket package, the ‘Swamplin’ Swine’ mid-level ticket package and the ‘Hungry Hog’ ticket package- for those serious bacon lovers or anyone (21+) who wants in on the bourbon tasting.  All ticket packages are good for a single day and include UNLIMITED bacon strip samples, varying numbers of the bacon ‘cuisine’ types of dishes, as well as a beverage or two and a commemorative event trucker hat.  Book your tickets and lodging together with SummitCove to save up to 20% on the weekend.  SummitCove has vacation condos located right in the heart of River Run Village, so you can walk to and from the festival.

 

Not a bacon lover? Have no fear! Skip the bacon tickets and just come to enjoy a beverage and the free live music.  You can also head to any one of the village restaurants to enjoy a meal of your choice, bacon or not, at any time!  Ticket & lodging packages will be on sale until 1 pm on Friday!  Book now! Be sure to stop by the SummitCove tent once you are at the festival to pick up your free pair of pig-nose sunglasses!

 

We’re Just 1 Week From the Bacon & Bourbon Festival!

There’s nothing quite like the smell of thousands of pounds of sizzling bacon wafting across the village in a beautiful mountain setting.  Take in the delicious smells, tastes and sounds of the Bacon & Bourbon Festival at Keystone Resort, happening next weekend on June 23 & 24 in River Run Village.

 

Look forward to fun and original bacon dishes, like Bacon Ice Cream, BLTS, Bacon Tacos, Bacon on Pizza, Candied Bacon, Bacon Mac & Cheese, Bacon Bloodies and more! Keystone’s best restaurants serve up all sorts of dishes that include bacon in the most original ways.

Bacon Festival Education Seminars Keystone

This fun festival is as unique as they get, complete with great music to go with the delicious food!  Festival favorite cover bands, Hell’s Bells and Lez Zepplin will both be back, rocking out on both days again for the 2018 festival. Take part in one of the Bacon Education Center Events to learn more about the salty goodness we all love so much.  You will even have the chance to become a certified “Master Swinelier Certificate” from the Bacon Education Center!

 

Purchase a Bacon & Bourbon Festival ticket and lodging package from SummitCove Lodging and you’ll save up to 20% on the weekend.  There are a number of different ticket packages available depending on how much bacon you plan to enjoy.  Yes, this and all of Keystone events are family friendly and there is a ticket package for the kids! The kids ‘Piglet’ Package is for kids 12 and under and includes 3 tasting tickets for bacon cuisine, unlimited bacon strip samplings and 1 lemonade.  The one-day ‘Swamplin’ Swine’ Package is good for unlimited bacon strip samplings, 4 tasting tickets and 2 beers or non-alcoholic beverages.  If you are going all in, opt for the ‘Hungry Hog’ Pack which gives you  8 tasting tickets, unlimited bacon strips, and access to the Jim Beam Bourbon Tour.  All tickets are good for just one-day, so purchase two if you are looking to enjoy the whole weekend.  All of the ticket packages also include a commemorative event trucker hat!

 

Looking to be in the middle of it all?  We recommend Jack Pine Lodge, Silver Mill Condos, Buffalo Lodge or Black Bear condos to be closest to the festival.  If you want to be away from the village sounds, consider booking a condo outside of the main village for some peace and quiet after the festival ends!