by Julia Wright, Festival Coordinator
43 YEARS OF FINE ART, ORIGINAL MUSIC AND GREAT FOOD CHOICES
Commonwheel Artists 43rd Labor Day Weekend Art Festival is held in historic Manitou Springs’ Memorial Park. Art patrons will discover a wide variety of high quality sensational artwork, talented musicians, fabulous food and local craft beer at this year’s art festival.
Festival vistitors are invited to enjoy a variety of diverse and unique food booths located in a tree-shaded food court. Our food vendors will be firing up their grills and hot plates to create tasty treats that are sure to satisfy every art patron’s appetite.
Everyone needs to have their hunger satisfied before or after they wander among the 100 plus artist booths at Commonwheel’s Art Festival. Kids will work up an apettite while having a fun day creating art at the Activity Booth, making giant bubbles or watching balloon creatures come to life before their marveling eyes.
When hunger strikes, it is time to take a food break and enjoy the local live music. Quench your thirst with a fresh-squeezed lemonade or limeade. Add some strawberries to make it extra special. Or try pineapple smoothie to cool down a plate of homemade Tamales at Brenda’s Mexican Tamales booth. To satisfy our over 21 art patrons taste for something a bit stronger, a local brewery will be offering its craft brew across from the stage.
Bring a smile to your child’s faces when you buy them a funnel cake, a candy treat or a bag of kettle korn to munch while you visit the artists’ booths.
Whenerver someone orders “Monkey Balls” at the Thai Pepper booth a bell is rung. Discover why his food patrons return each year to indulge in this unusual food offering or fill their plate with his creative Thai Food offerings.
More traditional festival food offerings can be found at Big Papa’s Grill where he offers traditional and veggie hot dogs with 25 different condiments to dress them up with. For a hearty meal try Island Style BBQ’s pulled pork or Teriyaki Chicken sandwiches. Pescatarians can enjoy a plate of Fried Fish.
For over 30 years, the Ballas family has brought Greek Food to the art festival! Come enjoy a freshly made gyros or Greek Salad. Add Spanakopita or indulge in their heavenly baklava – but hurry, they sell out every day.
Eco-friendly food service and delicious treats make this a great place to meet friends for brunch before exploring the art booths. Enjoy a wide variety of exotic and familiar fun foods at the 10 food booths you will find in a tree-shaded food court. This will be the ninth year that our food vendors, sponsors and many community volunteers have worked with Commonwheel to create a Waste-Wise Event. The 2016 Arts Festival was 80% Waste-Free. Learn more about sustainable life practices at the Pikes Peak Permaculture’s Sustainable Booth.
There is a variety of foods available beyond what we mention here. Check the web site to discover more treats to tempt you while at the Art Festival. Invite your friends to meet you in the food court to enjoy an unusual food treat together. Then take some time to wander through the over 100 booths filled with artwork by juried artists showing in Manitou Springs Memorial Park.
The Commonwheel Art Festival is anticipated by local patrons all along the Front Range as their favorite place to find high quality art and contemporary crafts for their homes and gifts. Art patrons will once again find many past favorite and new artists that bring their unique talents to add to the diversity of fine art and contemporary crafts found at this juried Festival. And don’t forget, the Holidays are coming soon. Purchasing gifts here is a great way to support and encourgage American artists to keep on creating.
Check out our website to discover which artists will be displaying, menus describing what will be offered in the food court and the schedule of musicians playing at: www.commonwheel.com/festival
--2017 Food Vendors--
-Big Papa’s Grill serves traditional and veggie hot dogs with 25 condiments to jazz them up.
-Big Squeeze Lemonade creates cold, refreshing Fresh Squeezed Strawberry Lemonade and Limeade to order.
-Brenda’s Mexican Tamales brings her Homemade Mexican Tamales for a South of the Border treat and Pineapple Smoothies to cool you down.
-Cowgirl Kettle Corn has pops up traditonal Kettle Corn and Carmel Corn.
-Dionysos Greek Food once again will be serving tasty Gyros, Spanakopita, Greek Salad, Dolmathes and his divine Baklava.
-Island Style BBQ cooks up delicious Kahlua Pork & Teriyaki Chicken Sandwiches, Fried Fish, Rice Bowls and many vegetarian choices are available.
-Goldminer’s Candy offers samples of Roasted Almonds, homemade fudge and a variety of candy treats.
-Pemco Concessions helps keep children happy by offering Ribbon Fries and Twisted Taters.
-Pikes Peak Brewery brings their craft beers or has glasses of wine for adults to sip while enjoying the live music on stage.
-Thai Pepper grills delicious Spicy Chicken Stir Fry and Thai Seasoned Wings. His Pad Thai can be vegetarian or have some chicken added. Spring Rolls make you order a complete meal. When you order the Monkey Balls, he’ll ring a bell.