Chili Pepper & Brew Fest the schedule |

Chili Pepper & Brew Fest the schedule

Reggae artist Ziggy Marley will headline at the Chili Pepper & Brew Fest in Snowmass Village on Saturday. (Stewart Oksenhorn/The Aspen Times)

SNOWMASS VILLAGE The live music takes center stage at this weekends Chili Pepper & Brew Festival in Snowmass Village, but festivalgoers should find the chili and beer as tempting as the musical lineup.The festival kicks off on Friday, June 8 with the sanctioned Front Range District Chili Cook-off held by the International Chili Society. While the cooks vie for entry to the world championships in the categories of Chili Verde, Chili Red, and Chili Salsa, attendees can sample the spicy creations. The invitational microbrew portion of the festival also begins on Friday with a Best Summer Ale competition and tasting, while an outdoor concert concludes opening day.New this year, on Saturday, June 9, the International Chili Society brings the 9th annual Hot Times Regional Championship and chili tasting that was formerly hosted in Cripple Creek, Colo. A grand tasting with more than 40 of the nations top microbreweries follows, with Marleys performance capping off the day.Sunday, June 10 is the free Locals Day, when local cooks get to strut their spicy talents for judges and a local band performs on the Snowmass Village Mall.Festival tickets are $15 on Friday or $20 on Saturday and include access to the outdoor concerts on Fanny Hill and food, beer, and wine concessionaires. For $10 more, a party pass for festivalgoers, ages 21 and older, allows unlimited access to the microbrew tastings and to sampling different types of chili each day. For ticket info, to go SCHEDULEFriday(All events on Fanny Hill)1 p.m. Chili verde cooking begins2 p.m. Traditional red chili cooking begins4-4:45 p.m. Sweet Sunny South on stage4 p.m. Chili verde delivered to judges5:15-6:30 p.m. The Del McCoury Band performs5-7 p.m. Seasonal brews sampling (party pass holders only); Peoples Choice chili tastings5 p.m. Traditional red chili delivered to judges6:45 p.m. Best Summer Ale Brew Fest 2007 winners announced; chili cook-off winners announced7-8:30 p.m. The David Grisman Quintet performs9 p.m. Venue closesSaturday(All events on Fanny Hill)10 a.m. Chili verde cooking begins11 a.m. Traditional red dhili cooking begins1 p.m. Chili verde delivered to judges; salsa delivered to judges2-4 p.m. Peoples Choice chili tastings2-5 p.m. Grand beer sampling (party pass holders only)2 p.m. Traditional red chili delivered to judges3-4:30 p.m. Spencer Durham Group performs4:30 p.m. Chili cook-off winners announced5-6:30 p.m. Papa Mali performs7-8:30 p.m. Ziggy Marley performs9 p.m. Venue closesSunday(All events on Snowmass Village Mall)11 a.m. Locals Cook-Off begins1-5:30 p.m. Smokin’ Joe and The Gypsies perform2 p.m. Peoples Choice chili tastings and voting; Locals Home Brew Competition4 p.m. Chili cook-off and Home Brew contest winners announced6 p.m. End of event

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