The 2nd annual SLV Yaktoberfest happens Sept. 27

Yaktoberfest is a celebration of the autumn harvest and an end-of-the-summer festival to honor the community. The festival will be held on September 27 from 10 am–10 pm at the Yak n’ Cracker Cafe and Challenger Golf Course 6 miles west of Crestone. It offers entertainment for kids and adults alike, as well as delicious foods and music.

Yaktoberfest will offer many traditional Octoberfest games with a yakky twist, fun for all ages. There will be limited-edition Yakwurst (made with Cho Ku Rei’s signature spice blend), as well as a multitude of organic, GMO-free refreshments, including delicious entrees, local beers and beverages. For those with a sweet tooth, plenty of house-made desserts will be provided. 

This year will continue the kids’ carnival.Proceeds will go to the  Cho Ku Rei school lunch program which helps feed Crestone Charter School students organic GMO-free meals from the farm, twice a week. 

Musical performances

Headliner Vine Street Vibes is the musical perpetuation of positive energy and resounding creativity. The band features six Colorado musicians, all dedicated to delivering a unique performance that pushes the boundary between electro-funk and instrumental dance jams. 

This year’s musical lineup includes Robin James, a renowned singer/songwriter who packs a punch with her powerhouse vocals. Whether with her lyrical visions or a yodeling display, you surely will tap your feet. Followed by James Doyle; his Brazilian Percussion Ensemble will ignite the Yaktoberfest stage with their high-intensity, all-drums, booming pure Samba rhythms. The ensemble hails from the Adams State University Music Department, and features seasoned percussionists and students of Brazilian music. 

Already well-loved by Crestone audiences, Lliam Christy plays traditional flamenco as well as bossa nova, Gypsy, Middle Eastern fusion, jazz and Cuban guitar. Lliam is a musical explorer known for his beautifully inventive, original compositions and passionate performances. 

Yaktoberfest is happy to have a local favorite, Plan B, a Crestone-based trio who woo audiences with seductively original Gypsy mountain rock and roll.

Sweet Radish is an Alamosa band. They are a down-to-earth acoustic string band, singing from the soil and the hearts of our strings. Sweet Radish’s Mission to is give the community a reason and a place to get down. 

At last year’s festival there were over 500 people on a beautiful sun-filled October day. This year the festival will happen a couple of weeks earlier with this incredible lineup of fun activities and great organic GMO-free food and drinks. This year’s Yaktoberfest will be yak-tacular!

Chokurei Ranch would like to sincerely thank the community for their support of last year’s Yaktoberfest. A special thanks goes out to Crestone Performances, sponsors and vendors, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, the amazing people who donated money, and all of the volunteers. Thanks to the all this help, last year Yaktoberfest raised $3,500 for an ill Crestone resident.