The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, Harvest Fest 2013

September 30, 2013  •  Local Sources, Wine

IMG_1422Every year the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey has a Harvest Fest, and every year they invite a Colorado cookbook author to be featured at the event. What a thrill it was to be selected for this year’s festival, and what a great time we had. Have you ever had a winemaker’s dinner aboard a train? Well that’s exactly what we did this year.IMG_1405As we walked up to the Royal Gorge train, we could see the wine glasses lined up in the window, a small sign of what was to come for our evening ahead.IMG_1404Everyone was escorted to one of the first class dining cars…IMG_1420…and I was thrilled to be in this old wood paneled historic car. I’ll fill you in course by course – both wine and food – of what we indulged in!IMG_1431

Shrimp and Scallp Ceviche with Fresh Pineapple Pico de Gallo and Lemongrass
paired with the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve
IMG_1430Pacific Rim Chicken Salad with Crispy Rice Noodles on Fresh Bibb Lettuce
paired with the 2012 Monterey Chardonnay
IMG_1429Buffalo Carpaccio with Balsamic Glace with Capers and Crisp Fried Leeks
paired with the 2011 Colorado Cabernet Franc
IMG_1428Pizza Margherita with Fire-Roasted Tomato, Pesto and Gorgonzola
paired with the 2010 American Merlot
IMG_1427Southwestern Turkey Sausage with Sauteed Peppers, Fresh Mozzarella and Fresh Greens
paired with the 2011 Colorado Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
IMG_1426Roasted Lamb Chops with Plum Wine Reduction with Intense Sprouts
paired with the 2010 Colorado Syrah
IMG_1425Colorado Elk Tenderloin with a Merlot Reduction with Crisp Sweet Potatoes
paired with the 2011 Colorado Merlot Reserve
IMG_1408Dark Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate Dipped Almond Brittle
paired with the 2011 Colorado Merlot Divinity
IMG_1409The next day, with a bit of a headache as you can imagine, I was set up at my booth to sell copies of my Tasting Colorado cookbook.IMG_1411I was given a prime spot right in the center of the grassy area that held the festival, with a great view of the band to keep me entertained during the day.IMG_1412I did 3 cooking demonstrations during the weekend… I watched the crowd gather each day with their wine glasses and tickets for the tasting.IMG_1423If you’ve never been to Canon City for this event, it’s a really fun one and the Royal Gorge is just a short drive outside of town, offering incredible views like this.IMG_1424And the Harvest Fest is more than just wine – it’s vendors, chiles roasting, fresh baked bread, the best apples you’ve ever tasted, and fields of pumpkins waiting to be picked by some excited child. This is a really fun harvest festival, less than 2 hours from Denver. I suggest you mark your calendars now for next year’s party!

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