First Week of August Means Big Fun and Good Food Around Vail Valley

By Caitlin Row

It's finally August around Vail Valley! This gorgeous summer month offers mild weather, mushroom hunting, wildflowers, evening "monsoon" rain and a busy event schedule. There is, in fact, something fun and entertaining to do every week this month.

Vail Dance Festival, put on by Vail Valley Foundation, is in full swing. Events and performances featuring a variety of body-focused movement will run through Saturday, Aug. 12.

Vail Jazz is offering 15 performances throughout the month of August. Artists including René Marie, icubanismo!, Eliane Elias, Joey Defrancesco and more will showcase global musical styles.

The Purple Xperience, a tribute band for Prince, is performing at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Saturday, Aug. 26. This is part of a big month for Vilar this August.

With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.

Photo: By Barry Eckhaus, mushrooms at Missouri Lakes; don't eat the red ones! The mushrooms in photo above are not edible.

Live Music

Bravo! Vail Music Festival is hosting Classically Uncorked on Thursday, Aug. 3. The Lyris Quartet, the Aeolus Quartet and the Calder Quartet will perform chamber music. Gourmet food and artisinal Arietta wines will be served. Then all three quartets will perform together as the Triple Quartet. Tickets are $50 per person.

Maya Friday Afternoon Club at The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain (in Avon) is hosting live music by Riverfront Ramblers this Friday, Aug. 4.

Live music with BBQ Mike and Friends is planned for 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Co.'s Vail Village tasting room, also on Friday.

Whitewater Ramble will perform "high-octane, Rocky Mountain dance-grass," according to promoters, at Agave in Avon on Saturday, Aug. 5. They will perform with Brad Parsons Band, known for psychedelic rock and Americana.

Vail Jazz performers will play live music at both Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show and Remedy Bar in Vail Village on Sunday, Aug. 6.

Citizen Cope will perform Americana music at Vilar Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Click here to watch an informational video featuring big-name Vilar acts for the month of August.

Photo: Whitewater Ramble Facebook

Vail Food Scene

I am hearing a lot of good things about Hovey and Harrison  a new bakery, cafe and market in Edwards. The sandwiches are tasty, according to one friend, and acquaintances keep asking me if I've stopped in to check it out yet. Most recently I learned that Field to Fork CSA, an organic farm from Palisade, Colorado, is one of Hovey and Harrison's produce suppliers. This is wonderful news! When I lived on the Western Slope a few years back, I belonged to the Field to Fork CSA summer share and was spoiled relentlessly by weekly deliveries of healthy goodness. The heirloom tomatoes grown by Field to Fork are juicy and flavorful, as is everything else grown by Scott and Jessica Washkowiak (Field to Fork's owner/operators). Go check it out!

Speaking of fresh Colorado produce, area farmers markets remain in full swing every weekend through September. This Friday, Aug. 4, Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show will host another farm-to-table dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $95 a person, and the event will be on West Meadow Drive. Edwards and Minturn both host farmers' markets on Saturday. Then Sunday features the Vail Village market.

For a full list of events, shopping and dining promotions, head to Vail Valley This Week.

Photo: Field to Fork CSA Facebook

About the Author Caitlin Row
Caitlin Row is a Vail local. She loves to ski, play in the snow (preferably with her dog) and taste all the Vail Valley has to offer.