Saturday (before the parade) from 7:00am to 9:00am at Grange Hall, 3850 High Ct. (behind Wheat Ridge Cyclery).
Breakfast includes ham, eggs, pancakes, coffee and juice. Suggested donation is $6.
Benefits the Grange Foundation.
The famous spaghetti dinner, served by the West Metro Fire Rescue takes place on both Friday and Saturday nights from 4:00-8:00pm in the food court.
Cost is $8 for adults & $3 for kids under 12.
Sign up for the chili cook-off and compete for the title of Carnation Festival Chili Champion (not to mention bragging rights!).
Public chili tasting on Saturday from noon to 3:00pm. Tasting cost is $5.
Chili & Spaghetti, Beer & Wine, and Much More
It’s time once again, to gather, celebrate and eat the wonderful flowers after which the Carnation Festival was named. No! Wait! Although the carnation offers a unique flavor that enhances the look and taste of salads or desserts, the 2018 Carnation Festival will offer much more substantial and traditional food options for you and your family to enjoy.
The Spaghetti Dinner will be served both nights, August 10th and 11th. This food event has been around the longest and is so big that it has its own tent. It will take place on both Friday and Saturday, 4 – 8 pm. The Spaghetti Dinner tent will be in the food court, which is close to the Beer Garden, so the two most popular food treats will be near each other. (If you have any German heritage, you know that beer is considered a food for adults almost as necessary as bread.) The dinner is a benefit for the Colorado Professional Firefighters Foundation, and two dozen volunteers from West Metro Fire Rescue will work in shifts to feed the crowds.
The Carnation Festival Beer Garden, despite the name, will offer a wide variety of beverages for the entire family. There will be two locations: one in the beer garden near the Main Stage, the other in the center of the Food Court. Water, diet and regular soft drinks are available for $1 each. Beer (aka liquid bread) and wine will be available for adults. The Wheat Ridge Rotary Club has teamed up with Budweiser and Breckenridge Brewery to offer a great selection. Craft beers and wine are available for $6 each and Bud and Bud Lite for $5. This is the only major fundraising event for this Rotary Club each year. Funds gained at the festival remain in the community by way of scholarships and funds for local non-profit organizations.
On August 11th, for the eighth year, there will be a chili cook-off. If you have never been to a chili cook-off, you are in for a treat. There are trophies and prizes for the top three cooks in both the red and the green categories, with one overall People’s Choice Prize. Five dollars ($5) is the cost for public tasting. Children younger than six are free. Located in the area just north of the carnival rides in the soccer fields, the public can taste and vote, 12 noon – 3 pm, with winners being announced at 3:30 pm. You can either share your famous chili with others by competing in the cook-off or use your tastebuds to help determine the winner. This charity event is sponsored by Wheat Ridge Poultry. The tasting fees will benefit the Wheat Ridge Community Foundation.
Another great Wheat Ridge tradition is the pancake breakfast on Saturday morning before the Carnation Festival Parade. The time 7 am to 9 am. and the breakfast includes ham, eggs, pancakes, coffee and juice. There is no required cost but a $6 donation per person is always welcome and greatly appreciated. The breakfast is a chance to meet and greet your neighbors at the Wheat Ridge Grange Hall. If you have never been inside the Grange Hall, this is the perfect time to see a fine vintage building while filling up on carbs that will sustain you throughout the parade. The Hall is located at 3850 High Court. Funds will help the Wheat Ridge Grange continue the exceptional work that they do with youth in the community.