2017-10-04 / Front Page

Fall Brewfest to feature Chili Cook-off, music and family activities

Brewfest revelers celebrate at a recent festival. — COURTESY PHOTOBrewfest revelers celebrate at a recent festival. — COURTESY PHOTOSTRATTON MOUNTAIN — This year’s Stratton Mountain Columbus Day Weekend festivities include the fall Brewfest with more than 100 distinctive craft beers, ales and ciders on tap, a chili cook-off, and entertainment highlighted by the return of the Stratton Mountain Boys at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. 

What’s an Octoberfest without the Schuhplattler? The Tyrolean minstrels get the party started with rousing Austrian music played on traditional instruments including the alphorn in a free show for all ages. Band leader Stefan Schernthaner, a former freestyle champion and Stratton ski instructor, may even play the saw with a haunting sound that harkens back to the mountains, all according to a press release.

Saturday’s Brewfest runs from noon to 6 p.m. with selections from Vermont and New England breweries including special release beers, fall favorites, lagers, pilsners, IPAs, stouts, ciders. Tickets include 10 sample pours and a signature tasting glass.

The chili cook-off, also on Saturday, heats up at 1 p.m. with $17 tickets in advance, and $20 at the door. Local chefs will vie for top honors as participants cast their ballots to determine the 2017 Stratton Chili Cook-Off Grand Champion.

A home improvement expo will take place in the base lodge from noon to 4 p.m. with advice, ideas and inspiration from dozens of area experts. Admission is free.

Sunday starts with The North Face Race to the summit, a 2.18-mile uphill race with a 2,003-foot climb and a $2,000 prize purse. The race starts in Stratton Village, in front of The North Face Summit Shop, at 9:30 a.m. Advance registration is $35 at stratton.com; race day registration is $55.

Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass opens the fall tour at Stratton Mountain on Sunday, Oct. 8, taking the stage at 4:30 p.m. The multi-instrumentalist and his Grateful Grass bandmates bring “big, bold dynamic playing” and “solid bluegrass picking” to the Grateful Dead classics for one “feel good jam,” according to the press release.

Rick Redington and the Luv open Sunday’s show at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance at strattton.com or $30 at the door. Children 10 and younger can attend free.

Throughout the weekend,  Stratton’s gondola will run to the summit of southern Vermont’s highest peak for 360-degree views of fall foliage across four states and mountain ranges. Hay rides, pumpkin painting and more free family activities make this a must-do Octoberfest. Complete details are available at stratton.com.

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