Pinkies Up: The Culinary Side of Snowdown 2018
From sipping wine and Bloody Mary’s to stuffing [Rocky Mountain] oysters in your pie hole, Snowdown is never short on opportunities to mix the finest food-and-beverage experiences with costumes and general frivolity. Bring your appetite and a sense of humor to any of the following and leave a little happier and a lot more satiated:
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 31
Fashion Do's & Don'ts: La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 North Main, 12 noon till 1:45 p.m. Mmm, would we call this culinary? Absolutely not. Of course, there are tasty foods and delicious drinks available, but the real treat is a feast for the eyes as some of Durango's most entertaining people-watching unfolds before you as you sip a Bloody Mary in your richest pair of white gloves. Wear your most divinely bourgeoisie haute couture or something downright deplorable, and for crying out loud, please remember this is an adult-only affair—not X-rated! Doors open at 11:15 a.m. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres kick off the soiree, and dining commences at noon. The fashion show starts at 12:30 and ends at 1:40. Parking is limited. All proceeds go to Snowdown. NEW this year: a red-carpet photo op at the entrance with 92.9 The Point and 99X! Numbers to call with questions: Beth Wyman (749.9349), Margaret Leeder (799.0950) or Cyd Waddell (759.5513). Tickets are $15 for regular seating, $20 for runway tables and $6 for SRO.
40th Annual Snowdown Bartender's Contest: Moe's Lounge, 937 Main, 4:30 p.m. You don't have to be a bartender to enter this competition, but it will most certainly help, considering Durango’s depth of talent in this division. All cocktails will be judged on presentation and taste, and the Official Snowdown 2018 Cocktail will be chosen in this 40-year-old tradition. Call Rick Carney at 970.749.7231 for details. Event cost is FREE. Prizes = up to $75 bar tab!
Salsa-Making Contest: Cerda 7 Cantina, 639 Main, 4:30 p.m. Think you make the most delicious salsa in all the land? Now's your chance to strut that cilantro and bring your ready-made salsa for judging. The best-tasting salsas win prizes!! Call Megan Cerda at 505.739.2954 for more information. Event is FREE!
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1
Iron Mixologist: El Moro Spirits and Tavern, 945 Main, 1:00 p.m. Test your mixology skills with mystery ingredients . . . like Iron Chef but with booze! Tournament style, single elimination. Must be 21+. Call Dave Woodruff at 970.903.2403 for details. Event cost is FREE and prizes range from gift cards to the Golden Bar Spoon.
Most Elegant Hot Wing Eating Contest: Cuckoo's Chicken House, 128 East College Drive, 4:00 p.m. Wear a bib over those cummerbunds and satin lapels for this not-so-dainty wing-eating contest. Not for vegetarians or those concerned about food on their faces. Must be 18+. Call Michelle Redding at 970.799.2377 for more information. $8 per contestant. Prizes = up to a pound of wings a month for a year!
Shuckin' Suckin' Oyster Affair: Highway 3 Roadhouse, 955 Hwy 3, 4:00 p.m. You've got one whole minute to eat as many oysters as you can! The ultimate test of your savoir-faire. Limited to the first 10 men and first 10 women who sign up. $20 per contestant (paid in advance). Call Chuck Norton at 970.247.4702 to enter.
26th Anniversary Celebration of La Plata Open Space Conservancy Wine & Craft Spirit Tasting & Silent Auction: Mutu's Italian Kitchen, 701 East 2nd Ave, 4:30 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Believe it or not, this is actually an elegant affair featuring locally-crafted spirits and exceptional wines, local brews and fine foods. A silent auction benefits Snowdown and LPOSC's work conserving cherished landscapes and natural resources in our community. Purchase tickets at lposc.org, if space is still available. Call Amy Schwarzbach at 970.259.3415 with questions. $60 per person.
Dandy Doughnut Bobbing Contest: Rendezvous Doughnuts, 139 East 5th Street, 6:00 p.m. A doughnut dangling from the ceiling has your name written all over it! Eat it as fast as you can - blindfolded with hands behind your back! Prize is a free doughnut redeemable at any time. Call Hayley Kirkman with questions at 505.435.6857. Event entry is FREE!
Rocky Mountain Oyster Eat-Off: Derailed Pour House, 725 Main, 6:30 p.m. Only the finest, most-well-bred balls shall be served at this classiest of soirees. Eat the most in the allotted time and win a cash prize and an amazing trophy. Must love balls and be 21+. Call Michael Love at 970.247.5440 with questions.
Shut Yer Pie Hole: The Patio Restaurant, 85 Goddard Ave, Hwy 172 Ignacio, 7:00 p.m. The person who can devour an entire fancy-schmancy Patio cream pie in the least amount of time WINS! First place gets $100 and a picture on the wall. No hands. Three age categories and all ages welcome. Call Emily Meisner at 970.749.9190 for details.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2
Snowdown Champagne Pong: VFW, 1550 Main, 11:40 a.m.. When that cork pops, it's time for the classier version of beer pong to begin. Wear your fanciest attire and come prepared to dazzle with those bubbly-sipping skills and hand-eye coordination. Entry is $20 per person and will include a pair of balls and plenty of bubbles for your plastic champagne flute. Tickets available at the Wine Shop starting Monday, January 29. Parking and event space is limited. Come dressed to impress, bump it and dunk it! Call Leslie Ponce 970.375.0076 for details.
Pre-Sale Tickets for Snowdown Chili Cook-Off & Bloody Mary Contest: BREW Pub & Kitchen, 117 West College Drive, 3 p.m. till 4 p.m. Get your tickets for Saturday's tastiest lunch in town! Call Greg Yucha, 970.382.0788 for details.
Snowdown Parade Dinner: Durango Elks Lodge #507, 901 East 2nd Ave, 4:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. Bring your appetite and $9 ($5 for kids) to the Elks for a most-elegant dining experience of spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, salad and of course drinks and a cash bar. Please use the 9th Street entrance (a half block up from parade route). Prizes for best costumes! Call John Wade II at 970.946.3746 for details.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3
Polish Doughnut Frisbee: Rendezvous Doughnuts, 139 East 5th Street, 10:00 a.m. Doughnuts!! Bring a friend for your team of 2 to compete in this outdoor doughnut tossing game. Knock the coffee cup off the vertical standing ski poles to win. All ages welcome and costumes encouraged! Call Hayley Kirkman at 505.435.6857 for information. Event cost is FREE!
Snowdown Chili Cook-Off: La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 2500 Main, 12 noon. Prepare your taste-buds for an adventure of a lifetime. Red and green chili, salsa and vegetarian chili are the name of the game! Pairs perfectly with beer, which shall be available. Doors open at 7:00 a.m. to decorate booths/stands/cookers, and start cooking your favorite recipes! Judging begins at 10:30 a.m. Tasting samples on sale at noon with all proceeds supporting Snowdown. Guests vote for people's choice award. Call Greg Yucha at 970.382.0788 for more information, or swing by Wagon Wheel Liquors, BREW Pub & Kitchen or Sunnyside Farms Market for registration and contest rules. Hosted by Sunnyside Farms Market and the Durango Bootleggers Society. FREE entry for contestants, $.50 for samples.
Snowdown Bloody Mary Contest: La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 2500 Main, 12 noon till 2:00 p.m. Put some pep in your step with Durango's best Bloody Mary contest where contestants show off their skills while you sample chili and cool down with this almost-healthy morning beverage. Vodka, cups and ice provided. Contestants bring the rest and prepare Bloody Marys and decorate booths and wear costumes. Taste tickets $1 with all proceeds going to Snowdown. Vote for people's choice award. Drinks must be made on-site and bring enough for 15 judges and lots for the general public. Call Greg Yucha (382.07788) or Dusty Grannis (799.1681) for details, or visit Wagon Wheel Liquors, BREW Pub & Kitchen or Sunnyside Farmers Market for registration and contest rules. FREE entry for contestants.
Margarita Contest: Cerda 7 Cantina, 639 Main, 4:00 p.m. Here's your chance to prove you're the best margarita maker in Durango! Win prizes, if you’re any good. Must be 21+. Call Megan Cerda at 505.793.2954 for details. Entry is FREE!
How Well Do You Know Y(Our) Wine? Four Leaves Winery, 528 Main, 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Get four samples of our wine and, if you correctly identify 3 of the 4 samples (using our description menu), win a coupon for a FREE glass of wine! If you can correctly identify all 4, win a FREE bottle of wine! Must be 21+. Call Dean Faner at 970.403.8182 for information. $5 per person.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 4
La Plata County Search & Rescue Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction: La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 North Main, 7:00 a.m. till 12 noon. No walk of shame here. Come in last night's gown or tux and get hangover food for a good cause. Stack that plate full of pancakes, ham, eggs and all-you-can-drink coffee and OJ. Supports Snowdown and La Plata County Search & Rescue. Come to their breakfast, and they'll come to your rescue! Call Dave Austin at 970.560.8762 or Ron Corkish at 970.946.4437 for details. $10/adults; $6/kids; 5 and under FREE
Latte Art Throwdown: 11th Street Station, 1101 Main, 10:00 a.m. Yes, coffee is absolutely culinary. Whether you work at a local coffee shop or simply sling latte art in the comfort of your own home, this event is for you. Durango's finest baristas convene for a morning of showing off latte-art skills with emphasis on creating rosetta's, tulips, hearts and other smile-inducing foamy icons. Call Ronnie Hardt at 970.422.0858 for details. $2 entry. Coffee wares for prizes!