Penny Parker’s On The Town: Time for swine? Bacon Tour making Keystone stop

May 30, 2012

Are you achin’ for bacon?

The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, the world’s premier bacon event, is taking its tour to Keystone from June 23 to 24.

The Festival, which began in 2008 in Iowa, hosts its tour events around the world. free run 3.0 v3 femmes In addition to the Keystone stop on this year’s tour, The Bacon Festival will visit Reykjavik, Iceland, and Charlotte, N.C.

“This past February, the Fifth Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Des Moines, Iowa, attracted 4,500 attendees, who consumed more than 4,200 pounds of bacon, which is about 63,000 bacon strips,” said Brooks Reynolds, president of the Iowa Bacon Board and co-founder of The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. “We are thrilled to return to scenic Keystone for a second year and delight Colorado with all things bacon.”

The two-day celebration in Keystone’s River Run Village will feature 2,000 pounds of bacon, bacon-inspired dishes from local and traveling restaurants, bacon Bloody Marys and live music.

Tickets are available at Lodging packages, which include Festival admission, are available at

Shoe biz

Argonaut Wine & Liquor at 760 E. Colfax is collecting new and gently used shoes in bins inside the store for Soles4Souls, a charitable organization that distributes shoes to the needy. The collection is taking place at the store through June 16.

Good eats

Food critics, bloggers and the general dining public have spoken on the Urbanspoon website and smartphone app and have chosen the 250 high-end dining establishments that have received the most buzz for the buck, and Elway’s Cherry Creek is the single Denver restaurant on the lofty list.

The list was gleaned from more than 600,000 restaurants, a gazillion reviews and a billion page views.

“Getting a Friday night table will require some advance planning, but the sheer popularity of these destinations ensures you’ll be treated to a memorable gastronomical event,” an Urbanspoon blogger wrote. See the list of America’s 250 most popular high-end restaurants here.

Red Rocks rocks

Coloradans know that Red Rocks rocks, but CNN now knows that too by naming the incomparable amphitheater one of the “10 fabulous U.S. music venues.”

In the news network’s adulation of our prime music venue it wrote, “The only naturally occurring acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world is located 24 kilometers west of Denver. … More than one star performer has remarked on the spiritual quality of playing Red Rocks and proclaimed it the best place to play.”


DiFranco’s, an Italian market and eatery that features products from 22 local companies, opened last week in the Beauvallon building at Ninth and Lincoln.

The menu offers an array of fresh pastries, free run 3.0 v4 homemade pasta and sauces, salads, sandwiches and grab and go items made from DiFranco’s family recipes.

Owner Ryan DiFranco previously introduced a line of Italian inspired sauces to the Denver market. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. More information:

Eavesdropping on a wife and husband: “If I could re-do our bathroom, I’d rip up the floor and put in radiant heat so my feet wouldn’t feel the cold tile.”

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