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Pinkies Up: The Culinary Side of Snowdown in Durango

It’s a Shakespearean Snowdown 2023 in Durango! From sipping wine and Bloody Mary’s to feasts fit for the Shakespearean King or Queen in you, 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. Also, as always, be sure to give us a follow on Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag, #dodurango, to be featured on our page. We want to see all of the gloriously decadent things you enjoy during 2023 Snowdown week in Durango, Colorado!







44th Annual Snowdown Bartender's Contest: Starlight 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 tradition. Call Rick Carney at 970.749.7231 for details. Event cost is FREE. Prizes = up to $75 bar tab!

Mid-Winter Night’s Dream Beer Dinner: Carver Brewing Co, 1022 Main Ave, 7:30PM. For the Kings and Queens dressed in their pristine Shakespearean attire, this one’s for you. Enjoy a ROYAL dinner, sit back, relax and be merry(with awesome BREWS!)


Fashion Shalls & Shall Nots: La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 North Main, 11AM 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.

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!


Cocktails for Conservation & Silent Auction: Main Mall, 835 Main 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.

Snowdown Champagne Pong: DoubleTree, 501 Camino Del Rio, 6PM. 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 $10 per team and will include a pair of balls and plenty of bubbles for your plastic champagne flute. Parking and event space is limited. Come dressed to impress, bump it and dunk it!


Snowdown Tournament & Renaissance Fair: Durango Transit Center, 250 W 8th St, 1PM. A Renaissance Fair with real steel armored combat, blacksmith, fire performers, craftsmen, food, Medieval tents, historical reenactments and a tavern run by Steamworks and SKA! “How stands the hour?” It is time to get your armor on and have a great time. All ages welcome. See also Saturday 12 NOON.


Bobbeth the Apple Gauntlet: EsoTerra Ciderworks, 558 Main Ave, 3PM. Have you ever been “air bobbing” for apples? No?!? Well, look no further! Join Eso Terra Ciderworks downtown while you wait for the SNOWDOWN Light Parade in this never before seen, Covid-safe apple bobbing gauntlet. This event is FREE and you can stop by anytime between 3 PM and the start of the SNOWDOWN Light Parade! There will be a scoreboard tracking top times and a prize for the fastest bobber!


Pre-Sale Tickets for Snowdown Chili Cook-Off & Bloody Mary Contest: The Garage, 121 W 8th St, 4PM - 5PM. Get your tickets for Saturday's tastiest lunch in town! Call Greg Yucha, 970.382.0788 for details.

Spaghetti Dinner: The Durango Elks Lodge #507, 901 E 2nd Ave, 5PM Small cheer and great welcome makes marry feasts.” Spaghetti dinner before and after the SNOWDOWN Light Parade. Bring your appetite for this amazing meal of spaghetti & meatballs, salad and garlic bread. Serving will start at 5 PM and go until the spaghetti runs out or by 8 PM. Hope you can make it! This is a fundraising event for the Elks Lodge.


How Well Do You Know Y(Our) Wine? Four Leaves Winery, 528 Main, 12PM to 7PM. 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 bottle 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.


The Royal Slider Feast: Backcountry Gourmet/11th Street Station, 1101 Main Ave, 12PM. “Eight wild boars roasted whole at breakfast, but each person be’st there gobblest them up”. Thou whilst be timed in this eating contest. The first round knights, jesters, queens and kings alike will vie to eat a slider as fast as possible. Top five rivals will enter the second round. Second round will find thee gobbling as many plates of fries as possible. Costumes encouraged! All ages welcome


Whip Cream Beard Contest: Animas Chocolate & Coffee Co, 920 Main Ave, 2PM. When the hurly-burlys done, when the battles lost and won. Two person teams compete to see who can create the best "Beard" using whip cream and ACC's standard drink decorating condiments (chocolate shavings, sprinkles, etc.). Timed event with the judges deciding the best team from each round with one team, the triumphant winner.


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.


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