4 things to try at Saturday’s Taste of South Routt
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Tradition runs deep at the annual Taste of South Routt event, which returns to Oak Creek this weekend.
“It’s a South Routt tradition and has been since I moved here from Steamboat in 2005,” said Lawrence Jaconetta, owner of the Circle R Gastropub.
What started in 1997 with two Oak Creek restaurants has continued each year, rain or shine.
This year’s event will run from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Decker Park in Oak Creek. Admission to the event is $1, and beers are as cheep as $3. Local musicians and a beer garden lend a festive atmosphere. This year, local acts include Derek Blake, Pie Lombardi, The Wild Card Band and a Karaoke Contest.
“I think it gives a good picture of the values of our little South Routt community,” event organizer Julie Hoff said. “It’s celebrating who we are and the people who support the community. We’re all glad we live here. It’s a welcome to everyone who doesn’t live here.”
What: Taste of South Routt
When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Decker Park, 519 Moffat Ave., Oak Creek
Cost: $1 for adults, free for children 5 and younger
Hoff had a few tips for first-timers: Bring a lawn chair or folding chair for a seat by the stage, and don’t forget to bring sunscreen and an umbrella.
“You find things you can’t in Steamboat,” Hoff said. “Each has its own specialty.”
Give these a try:
• Circle R Gastropub: Known for its Asian-meets-Southwestern cuisine, the Gastropub will be offering chicken flautas, cuban pork sliders, a vegan-style spring roll and a few other specialty items for which the restaurant is known.
• Kate’s Café: Jaconetta said his favorite thing to try is the café’s breakfast croissant sandwiches or whatever sweet, freshly baked breads they’re offering.
• Rachel’s BBQ: Get a taste of their signature barbeque and sauce as well as the brisket pork and hot links — all made in house.
• Firehouse burger: Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup is known for making the ever-popular firehouse burger.
“They have their own secret recipe,” Hoff said. “No one knows what it is exactly, but they have this flavor that’s not spicy but rather a kick of spice from a blend of delicious flavorful spices.”
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