Brighton Chile Fest (formerly Denver Chili Fest)

The Brighton Chile Fest (formerly Denver Chile Fest) is the Rocky Mountain Region’s premier annual celebration of the chile harvest

Brighton Chile Fest is a one day event at Lulu’s Farm (located at Highway 85 and 144th Avenue in Brighton, Colorado) that’s literally all about chiles, and tons of fun for all ages!

Chiles ready to roast at Brighton Chile Fest (formerly Denver Chili Fest), Lulu's Farm, Brighton ColoradoEnjoy the biggest selection of fresh roasted chiles in the region! Pre-order your chiles by the full or half-bushel, and we can have them ready for you to pick up, or order on site, and we’ll roast them while you enjoy the festival, and let you know when they are ready. We start roasting at 6 AM, and sell thousands of bushels throughout the day. It’s your perfect opportunity to stock up.

Savor the finger-lickin’ good, sweet taste of freshly roasted Peaches & Cream corn on the cob, roasted to order, just for you. Sample a wide variety of specialty and gourmet foods, sauces, jams, and jellies.

Be sure to visit Demo Avenue to sample a variety of products carried regularly at Lulu’s Farm, including pepper jams and jellies, green chili mix, rubs and sauces, handcrafted quality soaps and lotions, and also experts from several grill companies so you can ask all the questions you want, and even see some of them in action!

And of course, it wouldn’t be the Chile Fest without our popular Quesadilla Station! Don’t be shy… this is your chance to talk to our Chile Expert with any questions you may have about chiles—working with them, making salsas, etc.—and sample various chiles snuggled in between layers of a warm, toasty, ooey-gooey, melty, cheese-filled, freshly made tortillas. Did we just make your mouth water?!

The Brighton Chile Fest is tons of fun for all ages

Enjoy live music by Narrow Gauge. Back by popular demand, this popular cover band plays a terrific variety of timeless classic rock, country, and country-rock tunes. Their tunes will make you want to get up and dance.

For the kids, we’ve got the Fun Zone, complete with a bouncy house, obstacle course, t-shirt decorating station, face painting, and more!

The shopper in you will enjoy wandering among the exhibits of artisan crafted items and unique locally sourced and manufactured merchandise vendors.

And what would a festival be without delicious offerings from popular food trucks. Delight your taste buds with offerings from Sweet Penelope’z BBQ & Catering, What the Fork, Ketacos, Cowgirl Lemonade, and others!

Brighton Chile Fest—supporting the community!

Brighton Legacy Foundation logoSupport two great causes while you have fun! This event wouldn’t be complete without giving back to the community. Don’t miss your chance to win great prizes in the raffle for an awesome Traeger Grill.

Brighton Chile Fest Prize Cube logoTake a turn in the Prize Cube and keep what you can catch from the variety of prizes and savings certificates from area restaurants and businesses! Proceeds from the Raffle and Prize Cube  benefit the Brighton Legacy Foundation to provide scholarships for area youth.

Food Bank of the Rockies logoThe Brighton Chile Fest also benefits Food Bank of the Rockies. A portion of all liquor sales goes towards filling the shelves of local food pantries. You can also drop off non-perishable food or monetary donations as well. Every dollar donated provides four meals to hungry families!

Schedule of Events

  • 12:00-6:00 — Vendor exhibits and food trucks open, also be sure to get your raffle tickets and take a turn in the Prize Cube!
  • 12:00-12:40 — Dance performances by Academia de Ballet Folklorico Nezahualcoyotl (they will also perform throughout the day during band breaks)
  • 1:00-6:00 — Live music by Narrow Gauge
  • 5:30 — Brighton Legacy Foundation raffle drawing for Green Mountain Grill (at the band area)

Lodging

Are you coming in from outside of the Metro Denver area and need a hotel? Our Host hotel is the Best Western. Please call 303-637-7710 and ask for the Brighton Chile Fest rate by S (1.4 mi)

Other Lodging Options

Contact the Brighton Chile Fest.

The Brighton Chile Fest is featured on Resorts and Lodges Travel Blog.

Our Sponsors

A huge thank you to our terrific sponsors!

Become a Chile Sponsor (how hot do you want to be?) Sponsor the Brighton Chile Fest sponsor info buttonThe Brighton Chile Fest (formerly Denver Chili Fest) is the Rocky Mountain Region’s premier celebration of the chile harvest, and attracts thousands from around the region and state. The annual event features fresh roasted chiles, specialty food vendors, a recipe competition, food prep and cooking demonstrations, live music, a kids’ fun zone, artisans, prizes, and is tons of fun for all ages. This year the Brighton Chile Fest benefits the Brighton Legacy Foundation as well as the Food Bank of the Rockies. Both organizations are registered 501(c)3 charities who help youth and families through education and nutrition. By sponsoring the Brighton Chile Fest, you support these worthy causes, and thus, promote your business to a very desirable and loyal audience of thousands of proud Coloradans!

 

Vendor Info

Vendor registration is closed for this year.

Early bird vendor registration deadline: June 23, 2017.

Cost Description
$50 10’x10′ merchandise vendor (space only) fee waived for Lulu’s suppliers if sales go through Lulu’s registers. Rate increases to $75 for registrations received/postmarked after June 23, 2017.
$75 10’x10′ canopy, 30″x72″ table, two chairs (set-up and ready)
$25 Power hook-up (extension cord/power strip NOT included)
$2 /gallon Propane

Please review the Vendor frequently asked questions for further information.

Vendor FAQs

Can I just set up on the street or pass out flyers?

No. These activities are prohibited by the Brighton Chile Fest. Anyone who has not paid for a booth space and is passing out information or conducting business will be escorted off the premises. If your product is suitable to circulating among the crowd and passing out samples, you must receive prior approval from us and pay a vendor fee for product promotion.

Hours & Setup

What are the exhibit hours?

The festival and exhibits officially run from 12:00-6:00 PM, though because Lulu’s opens at 9:00 AM, it is not uncommon for early customers to come outside to check things out. If you are set up early, you may be able to capture some early business.

When can I start setting up?

Vendor set-up begins at 9:00 AM, and must be completed by 11:30 AM.

Can I pack up and leave before 6:00 PM?

No, early departure of vendors is not permitted as it will be disruptive to guests and break the flow of the festival.

Application & Payment

What forms of payment do you accept for payment of vendor fees?

Check, cash, or credit card (credit card must be paid in person at Lulu’s)

Do I need to pay the vendor fees before the day of the festival?

Yes, fees must be included with your application for it to be considered.

If my application is not accepted will my payment be returned?

Yes absolutely. We will not retain any portion of your payment if we do not approve your application.

For what reason(s) might my application not be approved?

We may disapprove an application if there are too many of a certain type of product, or if the business or product offered is not deemed a good fit.

Why do I have to pay before I know if my booth is accepted?

Sending us a check for full amount is a good faith way of ensuring your booth space and matching it up to your application.

When will I know if I have been accepted into the festival?

All applicants will be notified upon receipt of payment by email as to their acceptance or rejection from the chili fest. Checks from accepted applicants will be deposited within a week of receipt.

Is there a discounted booth fee for non-profit organizations?

No. The Brighton Chile Fest is a fundraiser for the Brighton Legacy Foundation and Food Bank of the Rockies. We have a low flat fee for vendor booths. Any individual or group can get an early bird discount by applying and paying by July 1st.

Booth Info

How does the Brighton Chile Fest Committee decide where to place the booths?

We lay out the chile fest to facilitate channeling attendees through the event to maximize exposure to all booths. We try to put some distance between competing vendors or those with similar products. With some vendors we try to group complimentary products together. Requiring electricity or utilizing propane can also affect where your booth is placed as ensuring the safety of our guests and vendors is important.

Where will my booth be located?

The festival takes place outside, and the surface is primarily dirt. All accepted vendors will receive a vendor info packet via email by September 1st with booth space number assignment, as well as specific directions for set up, tear down, and vendor parking.

How big are the booth spaces?

Vendor booth spaces are 10′ x 10′. If you are supplying your own canopy, or bringing any stand alone signage, display furniture, etc., please make sure it all fits within your space.

What if I need more space?

You can rent additional 10’x10′ spaces as needed.

Can a booth space be shared by multiple businesses/groups?

Up to two vendors may share a booth. The price is the same, and the size of the booth is the same. Please be sure to include both business names and contact names on your application and check.

Fixtures & Power

Do I need to order canopy, table, chairs, or electricity when I submit my application if I need them, or can I request them the day of the festival?

Yes, you must order and pay for them at time of application so that we can plan accordingly and have them on site for you.

Can I get an extension cord or power strip to use if I order a power hook-up?

No, we do not have extension cords or power strips available for loan, you will need to bring your own.

How long of an extension cord do I need to have?

We recommend 25′.

If I run out of propane can I get more on site, or do I need to reserve it in advance?

We have plenty of propane available for purchase at $2 per gallon, and does not need to be ordered in advance.

Parking

Is there designated vendor parking?

Yes, vendor parking is in the field adjacent to the festival. All vendor and vendor employee vehicles must be parked in this designated area, and not in the Lulu’s parking lot. We appreciate your cooperation with this in order to have as much parking available for customers and festival attendees as possible.

Sales Tax

Do I need a sales tax license?

Only if you are selling food or merchandise. Sales tax licenses are REQUIRED by the state of Colorado. The Brighton Chile Fest is required to provide names, addresses, and tax license numbers of all vendors before the festival. As a vendor, you will be required to collect tax on all sales, and remit those taxes to the state.

Where do I get a tax license?

You can download sales tax license forms by following this link: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/tax/sales-tax-instructions-and-forms

You can also apply in person at:
144 West Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80202

Which tax license do I need, Special Events or Regular?

Please refer to the web site listed above, but in a nutshell, if you are only doing one fair this year, get a one-time special events license. If you are doing two or more fairs, you’ll need the multiple events license. If you have a regular place of business, the sales tax license you have for that business will most likely cover the Brighton Chile Fest, but please verify this with the Department of Revenue.

We’re not selling anything, do we need a sales tax license?

No. You do not need a sales tax license for the festival if you are only promoting your services or business on site, and no money is changing hands.

I have a question not answered here, who can I contact?

Amanda Griffin email or call (303) 905-6114