Gold miners and ranchers who braved the rugged terrain to seek their fortunes here in Colorado might be jealous about the lip-smacking treats that await visitors to this year’s Western Welcome Week.
From pancakes to pig roasts, modern-day chowboys and chowgirls will relish a gastronomical journey that spans the entire 10-day event.
Kick off the week Aug. 9 with the Littleton Lions Club Community Barbeque. Sandwich and hot dog meals come with all the fixings and a glass of lemonade. The dinner bell rings at 5 p.m. and volunteers will serve though 7:30 p.m. It’s easy to find; just follow the smell of hickory to Sterne Park Pavilion, 5900 Spotswood St.
Buttery yummy-ness awaits early risers at the Arapahoe Community College Family Pancake Breakfast, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 11. Herd the family to the ACC Cafeteria, 5900 Santa Fe Drive, for all-you-can-eat pancakes and sizzlin’ sausages. Tickets $5; children 4 and younger are free.
Plain pancakes not fancy enough? Then hit JaJa’s Bistro, 5641 S. Nevada St., for a selection of savory and sweet crepes served by WWW board members. The fifth annual Crepes to You runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12. Prices range from $6 to $12 and 50 percent of the profits come right back to WWW.
The annual Taste of Western Welcome Week and Silent Auction returns Aug. 15. The event is held at the Littleton Center Courtyard from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees will have the chance to sample a variety of food and beverages from area restaurants and can take part in a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 (call 303-794-4870) or for $25 at the door.
By Aug. 16, foodies in full swing may want to hit the Littleton Elks Lodge, 5749 S. Curtice St., for the annual Hometown Pig Roast and Dance. Enjoy roast pig, served up buffet-style with baked beans, coleslaw, corn on the cob and a roll from 6 to 11 p.m. Come for the pig and stay for music and dancing under the “big top.”
And wrap things up nicely on Festival Day, Aug. 17, at the Grand Western Sandwich Breakfast in the fellowship hall of the Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St. From 6:30 to 10 a.m., hot sandwiches are just $3, and so are the caramel pecan rolls. Beverages are just a buck.