Central Colorado Foodshed Alliance is now selling tickets to the annual ShedFest Harvest Dinner scheduled for 5 p.m. Oct. 18 at Boathouse Cantina, 228 N. F St. by the river in downtown Salida.
In keeping with tradition, the dinner will celebrate the local harvest by featuring local foods prepared by local chefs, including a variety of soups served in a handmade stoneware bowls that patrons get to keep.
Dinner will be served buffet-style from 5 to 8 p.m. accompanied by Scott Adams playing finger-style guitar until 7 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m. Gunnison-based Simpler Times bluegrass band will take the stage for an evening of old-time music.
After 8:30 p.m. the public is invited to join the festivities, enjoy the music and support local agriculture through beverage purchases as a portion of proceeds from alcohol sales will benefit CCFA.
Prior to the dinner, ShedFest will begin at 10 a.m. with the final farmers market of the season at the Salida SteamPlant plaza, 220 W. Sackett Ave.
The largest local farmers market of the year is open to the public, features more than 40 vendors and will continue until 3 p.m.
Vendor offerings will include local produce, roasted Colorado chilies, locally sourced concessions, fresh-baked breads and pastries, artwork, jewelry, local artisan wares and more.
Salida Circus performers will entertain market patrons, and the ShedFest market will include plenty of children’s activities led by circus performers and others.
The CCFA apple press will be pressed into service making fresh apple cider, and the market will feature live music by Brian Rill at 10 a.m., ELM at 11:15 a.m., Shagbark Hickory at 12:30 p.m. and Yogi Stew at 1:45 p.m.
A silent auction during the market will help support CCFA as will a live auction near the end of market to sell a framed plein air painting by Josh Been.
Tickets for the ShedFest Harvest Dinner cost $30 each and can be purchased in Salida at the Salida Farmers Market; Café Dawn, First and G streets; and The Hodgepodge, 234 E St.
In Buena Vista tickets can be purchased at the Buena Vista Farmers Market; CKS, 327 E. Main St.; and The Lettucehead Food Co., formerly Nature’s Pantry, 545 N. U.S. 24.