When an old high school friend emailed me with an invitation to the annual Estes Park Highlands Festival and also put a few tickets to the scotch tasting on the table, I found it hard to decline. After all, it's in my blood. I'm just going to lay that excuse out there as I continue to divulge here...
Now when I think about why I started this website some time ago, it was solely to share with my friends, family, and Denver locals the best places to eat in Denver. In turn, I realized that culinary adventures can not only be found within the restaurants of Denver and abroad, but also that there are a handful of great events that celebrate food and culture in unique ways. This being one of them.
After taking one of my favorite drives into Estes Park on a Friday afternoon, I was both famished and parched. But that's no feat for a Highlands festival if I've ever known one. However, the catch 22 here: my buddy Matt and I were already running late for the Scotch Seminar so we b-lined straight there on empty stomachs. And now, a photo montage of a Scottish/Irish culinary adventure:
|The menu that we had to pass up for now. Carnival food is awesome.|
|Robert Sickler- Master of Whiskey. I'm pretty sure this guy drank scotch from his baby bottle.|
|The menu we didn't pass up|
|The tasting consisted of 7 drams. Just to clarify: that's a heap of scotch.|
|I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly....|
|Thought I had too much at this point, but thankfully the leprechauns ended up being real. Never thought I'd say that...|
|Proof that there is an ever-flowing reserve of scotch for the Master of Whiskey... the rest of us got cut off.|
|Everything tastes better with scotch.|
|Ribeye steak sandwich with caramelized onions- this one's actually very good, drunk or not.|
|Closest thing we could find to haggis- the "Haggis Pup". Sadly, it was just a sausage.|
|Actually some creative presentation here, believe it or not.|
|And of course, I had to verify that I'm actually Scottish. Affirmative!|
- Tasting 7 whiskeys in one sitting truly highlights the unique forms and techniques of each batch
- When referring to scotch, it's spelled whisky. If Irish or otherwise, it's whiskey. Don't ask me why.
- The more you drink the smarter you get
- Being a Master of Whiskey definitely would not suck
- If it's not Scottish, it's crap!