Fire up the smokers! Colorado Pork and Hops finds new home at Las Colonias

Kip Winger

Restless Heart

Boys of Summer

Close-up of thermometer on a large Industrial barbecue smoker for concession stand at smoked food event.



Gates open for the Colorado Pork and Hops at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, and noon Saturday, Sept. 9, at Las Colonias Park.

It is recommended that you bring a chair, as seating is not provided at this event.

An event ticket is not needed to visit the barbecue teams, however all those accessing the activities and concerts in the area of the amphitheater will need a ticket.

Tickets for Friday cost $15 for general admission, $25 for reserved seating.

Tickets for Saturday cost $25 for general admission, $35 for reserved seating.

Tickets can be purchased at A VIP package available to Colorado Mesa University alumni can be found via a link at

Tickets also can be purchased in person at Fisher’s Liquor Barn, 2438 Patterson Road, and at Fisher’s Meat Market, 625 24 1/2 Road.


Parking in the paved lot to the east of the amphitheater at Las Colonias Park costs $10.

Parking also can be found within walking distance of the amphitheater including in the parking lot of Eagle Rim Park on Orchard Mesa, which connects to Las Colonias Park via the Colorado Riverfront Trail.

Shuttles also will run to and from Pork and Hops from downtown and Horizon Drive.

The downtown shuttle operated by Grand Valley Transit will follow a GVT loop with five stops: the main GVT Transfer Station, Enstrom Candies and three along Main Street in the downtown shopping area. Go to for information.

The Horizon Drive shuttle will run from 4–10 p.m. both Friday and Saturday from the Residence Inn by Marriott and Courtyard by Marriott.



Make your taste buds do the happy dance with a sampling of barbecue at the People’s Choice BBQ Tasting.

For $10 you get 10 two-ounce samples of barbecue from Pork and Hops competitors. Then you can vote for your favorite.

The tasting will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on the east side of the amphitheater.

The People’s Choice BBQ tasting is a fundraiser for United Way of Mesa County.


Here’s the band lineup for Pork and Hops:


■ Stonefed, 6:30 p.m.

■ Kip Winger, 8 p.m.


■ Desert Flyer Band, 4:30 p.m.

■ Boys of Summer, 6 p.m.

■ Restless Heart, 8:30 p.m.



Teams of two will compete for $1,000 in cash and prizes in the Pork and Hops Cornhole Challenge.

This double elimination tournament begins at 5 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday.

The $75 registration fee for a team of two includes admission to the festival both days.

Follow the link at to register your team.

The annual delicious, smoky scent of competition barbecue has moved.

Sorry, Lincoln Park.

No more will a haze hover in the branches of your arboretum and an aroma of smoked perfection cause spontaneous drooling anywhere in the vicinity.

The Colorado Pork and Hops set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8–9, is now at Las Colonias Park.

The professional and amateur barbecue teams can now be found east of the amphitheater in the unpaved parking area.

Those who attend the event can park in the asphalt lot for $10.

And nearly everything else can be found in and around the amphitheater area, said Larry Manchester, recreation supervisor for the city of Grand Junction’s Parks and Recreation Department.

The cornhole tournament will be set up on a grass strip along the fence — look for a giant American flag and that’s where the tournament will be, Manchester said.

Vendors will be in the southwest corner of the amphitheater and the private party tents will be along the top edge of amphitheater’s grassy area, he said.

The People’s Choice BBQ Tasting on Saturday — $10 for 10 two-ounce samples of barbecue and a vote for your favorite — will be located on the cement “plaza area” on the east side of the amphitheater.

“There’s lots of room, but it’s a challenging space to utilize,” Manchester said of Las Colonias and its amphitheater. “It’s going to be interesting.”

The barbecue teams — earlier this week, 30 professional and 10 amateur teams were registered — weren’t super excited about leaving behind the grass and shade of Lincoln Park for the dirt space at Las Colonias, he said.

But the setting isn’t all that uncommon for this type of competition, and the area won’t always be the way it is now, he said.

Eventually, there will be grass and trees at Las Colonias, which offers more room for the event and competition to grow, he said.

“This transformation starts now,” he said.


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