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 hundreds 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 the Demo Zone for demonstrations on working with chiles, making salsa, the art of roasting chiles, and more.

And of course, it wouldn’t be the Chile Fest without our popular Quesadilla Station! Don’t be shy… this is your chance to 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?!

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 the Colorado Pig Rig, Green Chile Cheesesteaks, and Sweet Penelope’z BBQ & Catering, and others!

Last but not least, come early for your chance to vote for People’s Choice in the recipe contests! And if you’re a foodie with a green or red chili, or sweet chile recipe you’re proud of, be sure to check out the recipe contest. You could win a great prize and some serious bragging rights if your recipe is selected as a winner.

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

  • 11:30 — Recipe contestant check-in
  • 12:00-6:00 — Vendor exhibits and food trucks open
  • 12:00 — Recipe contest judging
  • 12:30-1:00 — People’s choice judging
  • 1:00-6:00 — Live music by Narrow Gauge
  • 2:00 — Recipe contest awards
  • 5:30 — Raffle drawing for Green Mountain Grill

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.

Recipe Contest

Brighton Chile Fest recipe submission buttonDo you think you have an award winning savory green or red chili? How about a salsa? Appetizer?

Enter the Brighton Chile Fest Recipe Contest and see how your recipe stacks up against others! Winners receive some great prizes and major bragging rights for a year! All contestants receive a $5 coupon (per entry) towards a bushel of chiles at Lulu’s! Enter as many recipes as you wish, each entry requires a $15 entry fee.

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Prizes Awarded for:

  • Best Savory Green Chili
  • Best Savory Red Chili
  • Best Salsa
  • Best Appetizer
  • People’s Choice

To enter and qualify for judging, download and complete the recipe submission form and mail with your $15 registration (per entry) to:

Lulu’s Farm
Attn: Brighton Chile Fest Recipe Contest
13201 E. 144th Ave.
Brighton, CO 80601

Entry deadline is August 31, 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please submit a separate entry form for each entry. Download entry form.

Brighton Chile Fest Recipe Contest Details:

  • Recipes MUST contain some kind of chile as a primary ingredient and will need to fit into one of four judging categories: Savory Green Chili, Savory Red Chili, Salsa, or Appetizer
  • You will be notified via email when your recipe is received
  • On September 9th, arrive with your prepared entry by 11:15 AM (recipe check-in begins promptly at 11:20). Recommended quantity is 10-12 full servings.
  • Official judging begins at 11:45 AM
  • People’s Choice judging 12:15-12:45 PM
  • Winners of both the official and people’s choice judging will be announced at 2:00 PM (approximately)
  • Plenty of power and outlets are available for powering crock pots/warmers (Please remember to add your name and phone number to the bottom of your container)
  • Sample cups/plates for the judging are provided by the festival

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