CREEDE — The 33rd annual Taste of Creede was a success. People from all over ventured out to say hello to summer and celebrated the beautiful weather with art and craft vendors lining Main Street, artists gathered in various spots creating works of art and, of course, the Silver Chef Competition stole the spotlight on Saturday with delectable treats created by Creede’s most prominent chefs.
The bustling little town of Creede was a showstopper for the first time in over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic caused everything to pretty much shut down. Though the little mountain town did what it does best and survived, 2020 was still a slow season for many in the business district of Creede.
This year, thanks to the efforts of local public health officials and the community, the doors were flung open, and the welcome mats were placed on the sidewalks for everyone who came to enjoy the summer weekend in Creede.
Many who lived out of state last year, who often come to the area for the summer months stayed away out of respect for the Creede community, but they hit the road this summer and were welcomed with open arms and a community more than ready to receive them.
All of those in attendance adhered to and respected the local and personal COVID restrictions throughout the weekend. According to sources, there were no issues with wearing masks and social distancing. Hand sanitizing stations were available to the public.
Saturday afternoon was bright and mostly clear with scattered clouds throughout the day.
The Silver Chef Competition kicked off at 2 p.m. with a mystery meat provided by Shamrock Foods. Chefs took to their barbecues and whisked through the competition, providing judges with a tough decision to make. Ultimately Chef Malcom Snead took the winning spot and has bragging rights for the remainder of the year.
Sunday bloomed fairly bright and clear with pending rain showers in the forecast. The Artist Quickdraw was the highlight of the day and welcomed several area artists to the spotlight. The artists took to Main Street and created works of art on the spot, many of which were auctioned off at the end of the event.
Monday came and went with intermittent rain showers but held off long enough for the annual Memorial Day Service in Basham Park where members from the Creede Elks Lodge and Creede community honored fallen soldiers.