Tidbites | Week of September 17, 2015

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Courtesy of Choctoberfest

CHOCOLATE MANNING AND MORE

Do you want to see Peyton Manning get covered in rich, creamy chocolate? Do you want to be part of a pudding eating contest? Do you want to smell what 75,000 chocolate samples under one roof smells like? Do you think we’re making this up?

See for yourself at the second annual Choctoberfest at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Festivities start at 10 a.m., when up to 6,000 people will gather around to witness the unveiling of the chocolate-covered Peyton Manning sculpture. Longmont-based bronze artist Tim King created the sculpture, which is 120 percent the size of the actual Broncos quarterback. This is a markedly better foodaffiliation for Peyton than his current deal with, ugh, Papa John’s.

No word on if you can lick chocolate Peyton.

At noon there will be a chocolate and wine pairing exhibit, and the chocolate pudding contest starts at 1 p.m. Other festivities include chocolate apple bobbing, holiday drink ideas, live music, happy hour and a beer and chocolate pairing event.

Admission is $5, and you can purchase taste tickets for just under a dollar a sample. Visit www.chocolatefests.org for tickets and more information.

OKTOBERFEST AT SAMPLES

On Saturday, Sept. 19, Samples World Bistro in Longmont kicks off its weeks-long celebration of Oktoberfest.

The rooftop patio at Samples is being transformed into a Munich-style beer garden. Picnic tables and benches will be set up to replicate the typical biergarten style, and German brews will be flowing. You can also get food off a full Bavarian menu on Saturdays and Sundays.

You better believe there’s also going to be live music. For more information, visit www.samplesworldbistro.com.

HEY, DO YOU LIKE BISCUITS?

If the answer is, “Yes, Boulder Weekly, I love me some biscuits,” then first stop talking aloud to yourself, but then make plans to go to the — and we can’t believe this — 14th annual Erie Biscuit Day on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon on Briggs Street in downtown Erie.

The day is going to feature a whole lot of biscuits and gravy, as well as homemade stew, live music and historic photos. Again, that’s homemade stew, live music and historic photos.

For only $7, you’ll be able to get two biscuits, two sausage links, sausage gravy and a drink. Music will be provided by the Erie High School Jazz Band, the Irish-step-dance group Celtic Steps and the Weld County Ramblers Bluegrass. The festivities conclude Oct. 4.

GOOD MEAT AND CHEESE NOW AVAILABLE SLIGHTLY WEST OF WHERE IT CURRENTLY IS OFFERED

Cured, the fantastic cured meat and cheese importer, maker and seller, is planning to open Cured West on the west end of Pearl Street in a few weeks. You’ll be able to get a lot of Cured’s current offerings like charcuterie plates, sandwiches, salads, soups and more.