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 we’re implementing a new streamlined ordering, notification, and pick-up system this year, so it’s the perfect opportunity to stock up.

Sample a wide variety of specialty and gourmet foods, sauces, jams, and jellies you’ll only find at Lulu’s.

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 tortilla. Did we just make your mouth water?!

Live music by Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts at the 10th Annual Brighton Chile Fest, Sept. 8, 2018The Brighton Chile Fest is tons of fun for all ages

Enjoy old school country and rock ‘n roll—”influenced by outlaws, heroes, and legends, twisted with angst and overdrive”—live, with Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts.

The younger attendees will have fun in the kids’ fun zone, hanging out at the Barr Lake State Park t-shirt coloring station, a petting zoo from our partners at Sonflower Ranch, face painting, and more! And the whole family can stop by the BrightonCO Rocks Kindness Rocks Project station and paint a rock or two to hide around the community to help spread some joy.

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

Brighton Legacy Foundation logoAnd what would a festival be without delicious offerings from popular food trucks to delight your taste buds. We’ve got a rock star line-up of trucks that will tickle your savory and sweet taste buds. And of course, you can’t have an event at Lulu’s without our hospitality tent offering a variety of delicious libations including locally brewed craft beers, craft cocktails, and more! A percentage of the hospitality proceeds supports local youth scholarships through our non-profit partner Brighton Legacy Foundation.

Schedule of Events

  • 12:00-6:00 — Vendor exhibits, fun zone, hospitality tent, and food trucks open
  • 1:00-6:00 — Live music sets with Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts

Want to pre-order your chiles and pick them up before you leave the festival? No problem, in fact, we recommend it! Just give the store a call at (303) 659-3300 to place your order for pick-up before, during, or after the festival.

Lodging: Are you coming in from outside of the Metro Denver area and need a hotel? We recommend one of the following hotels.

Contact the Brighton Chile Fest.

Our Sponsors

A huge thank you to our terrific sponsors and partners!

Lulu's Farm
Power Home Remodeling
Barr Lake State Park
“Brighton Fire Rescue District
“Sonflower Ranch

Become a Chile Sponsor (how hot do you want to be?). The 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, live music, a kids’ fun zone, artisans, and is tons of fun for all ages. This year the Brighton Chile Fest benefits the Brighton Legacy Foundation a registered 501(c)3 charity providing funding to other community nonprofit organizations and youth scholarships. By sponsoring the Brighton Chile Fest, you support youth in our community, and thus, promote your business to a very desirable and loyal audience of thousands of proud Coloradans! For sponsorship information contact Amanda Griffin via email or (303) 905-6114.

 

Vendor Info

Due to limited space and overwhelming requests to participate, vendor registration is by invitation only. If you are interested in being a vendor for the 2018 Brighton Chile Fest please contact Amanda Griffin via email with a link to your website, facebook page, or online portfolio where we are able to review your product offerings.

Cost Description
$75 base +10% of sales Food vendor: space + power included (ALL SPACES FILLED)
$75 Merchandise vendor: 10’x10′ space only (fee waived for Lulu’s suppliers if sales go through Lulu’s registers)
$150 Merchandise vendor: 10’x10′ space with canopy, 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 in the parking lot or bring flyers to hand out or put on vehicles?

Absolutely not! These activities are prohibited by the Brighton Chile Fest and property owner. Anyone who has not paid for a booth space and is passing out information or otherwise conducting business without prior approval 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. If a vendor breaks down early they will NOT be invited back.

Application & Payment

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

Credit card (paid by calling the store at 303.659.3300) is preferred. Credit card, cash, or check can also be paid in person at Lulu’s Farm store.

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

Yes, fees must be paid to reserve your spot.

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

Vendor registration is by invitation only, so you will know if you are approved when you turn in your registration.

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. We also have limited space, and high-demand, so acceptance is on a first-come basis once invitations have been sent out.

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

No. The Brighton Chile Fest is a fundraiser for the Brighton Legacy Foundation. We have a low flat fee for vendor booths.

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 or other flammable substance 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 sheet via email by September 1st with directions for load-in, load-out, 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. We have limited space so this is extremely important.

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/businesses 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, or chairs 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.

Do I need to order electricity when I submit my application, or can I request it the day of the festival?

Yes, absolutely! Needing power will determine your booth placement so we are not able to provide power at the last minute.

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?

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

Parking

Is there designated vendor parking?

Yes, you will be directed to the designated vendor parking area during load-in, and 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 and is it City of Brighton or Adams County?

Only if you are selling food or merchandise. Sales tax licenses are REQUIRED by the state of Colorado. The Brighton Chile Fest is located in unincorporated Adams County. As a vendor, you will be required to collect tax on all sales, and remit those taxes to the county and state on your own.

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