The AgriCulture Fest and Feast held in Greeley in August received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative. The award was presented to event representatives at a dinner held October 30 during the 2014 Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference in Westminster. This highly competitive award was one of only six awards presented that evening.
The Outstanding Initiative Award acknowledges an activity, event, or project undertaken by a community or region to promote tourism in Colorado. The newly created AgriCULTURE Fest and Feast is collaboration between the Greeley Creative District, The Tribune and the Greeley Downtown Development Authority. The steering committee also included representatives from The City of Greeley, The Greeley Farmer’s Market, The University of Northern Colorado, members of the agricultural and culinary arts community, and more.
“This is an outstanding example of the spirit & the core of the Greeley community. The timing of this event was ideal for aligning shared goals & visions of the DDA, GCD & The Tribune. It is an honor to stand side by side by as partners with Greeley elevated as an example to our state that is full of amazing tourism experiences,” said Emily V Tilton, Event Producer with The Tribune. “Connecting the community in a collaborative production focused on the roots & the growing strengths of the people of Greeley resulted in a diverse experience shared by neighbors from across the county. Recognition for celebrating who we are as a community speaks volumes to our original goals. The spirit of AgriCulture Fest and Feast is still alive and will continue to grow with each new season.”
As a celebration of Greeley and Weld County’s agricultural roots and heritage, the daytime segment featured a petting zoo, tractor show, gardening and growing demonstrations, hay wagon rides, a history and heritage area, and booths representing many ag producers such as Northern Colorado Feed and Bean, Grant Farms, The Water Conservancy, 4 Rivers Equipment, and many more. The Tribune’s Event Producer, Emily V Tilton, spearheaded the efforts of the daytime festivities, while the Greeley Creative District organized the evening’s ticketed dinner for 250 attendees.
Throughout the day, visitors enjoyed entertainment from “The Green Bean Boys,” “The Tumbleyweeds”, “Colorado Rose”, “Merry Mixers Square Dancers,” and chamber players from the Greeley Philharmonic, among others.
The evening event was a ticketed sit-down dinner for 250 people and served as a fundraiser for the Creative District. Close to 100% of the food was procured from Weld County producers. Including 295 pounds of New York Strip steak from JBS Swift, Seven local chefs showed off their culinary skills with each preparing one or two courses. The dinner was served family, or “harvest” style in a “farm to table” like setting, but in an urban environment under the twinkling lights of the 8th St. plaza in downtown Greeley.
“We are extremely proud and honored to have received such a prestigious award for an event that is basically in its infancy” said Alison Hamling of the Greeley Creative District and the DDA. “our collaborative efforts and the way we celebrated our local growers and agricultural history made it so special and unique.”
For more information please contact Alison Hamling at 970-356-6775 or Emily Tilton at (970) 392-4450