Note: I am a promotional partner for Chicken Fest but all words and photos are mine.
This Spring has been a wild ride for Denver weather. The night of Chicken Fight Fest 2019, I wasn’t sure if it was going to rain, hail, snow, tornado, or all of the above. It was my first time attending, so beyond the unpredictable weather this year, I didn’t know what to expect – other than a lot of chicken. Luckily, the rain held off, but it was pretty darn cold – so I packed hand warmers in my pockets all night. Worked like a charm!
In addition to a lot of chicken, there was a lot of booze. In fact, I would almost say it was pretty even ratio food-to-alcohol, which was A-OK with me. If you have never been to a tasting event, you pay the entry fee (there are a few tiers) and can sample from all the different restaurants and vendors all night at no additional cost. I love this kind of event because all I need to think about is tipping.
And personally, as a Bud Light drinker, I was thrilled with the presenting sponsor.
Chicken Fight Fest is also a contest where attendees get to vote for their favorites. Below are the Judge / Fan winners. The professional judging was completely blind. Restaurants were assigned numbers and their dishes were brought to judges. The crowd voted via tablets placed around the event.
Denver Chicken Fight Fest Winners 2019
1st Place – Former Saint Craft Kitchen and Taps / Carrera’s Tacos
2nd Place – Williams & Graham / J Street Catering and Food Truck
3rd Place – GRIND kitchen + watering hole / Williams & Graham
1st Place – GQue / Smōk – Denver
2nd Place – West End Tap House / Sugarfire Smoke House
3rd Place – Stoney’s Bar and Grill / The Preservery
1st Place – Butcher’s Bistro / Mister Tuna
2nd Place – Hearth & Dram / Bacon Social House
3rd Place – Mister Tuna / / Mizu Izakaya
1st Place – CURIO & Lot 40 Rye / Smōk – Denver & Jameson
2nd Place – Golden Moon Speak & Golden Moon Distillery / Dos Santos & Aperol
3rd Place – Esters Denver & Milagro / Stoney’s Bar & Patron
We had our own personal “Colonel Sanders” wandering around for photo opps and several bands playing at opposing stages all night long. Denver native Buckstein was the headliner, who is a great mixture of rock and country music.
I am embarrassed to say I didn’t note down which restaurant was my favorite (there might have been some beer at play) but we definitely love the variety of ways we saw chicken prepared. The crew and I had a great time and we are already looking forward to next year!
Interested in attending a food tasting event from these same folks? Lucky for you, I have a discount promo code for Top Taco, which is happening on June 27, 2019, at the Stanley Marketplace in Stapleton. You can bet the weather will be much more warm and the tequila will be flowing. Get your tickets now!