• Make Plans for March

     
    POSTED February 21, 2014
     
  • Make Plans for March

     
    POSTED February 21, 2014
     

If there are three days in March to make sure you are in Denver, make sure to put March 10-12 on your calendar. Since the magazine started our Best of Colorado readers’ choice awards eight years ago, we’ve had it the same week as the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado Educational Conference and Tradeshow every year, except maybe one. The awards typically happen on a Monday evening (this year March 10) and the conference and tradeshow on Wednesday (March 12), usually with a VIP reception the night in between making Tuesday a good day for people coming in from outlying parts of the state to schedule meetings.

Register for Best of Colorado to attend one of the industry’s biggest networking events of the year, typically attracting around 500 attendees to enjoy an evening of great food and beverage and to salute the winners in 22 categories and the latest Hall of Fame inductees. Many industry partners are helping to make the event at The Cable Center happen, so it’s also a chance to get a glimpse of a talented pool of businesses and individuals.

The 14th annual MIC Educational Conference and Tradeshow promises to be an action-packed day of education, networking and exhibits attracting more than 950 Meetings Industry Professionals. The opening general session will look at the the hottest issues facing the meetings and events industry discussed by a panel of four experts. At lunch, hear about how Doc Hendley dreamed up the concept of Wine To Water while bartending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, N.C., and now aims to help the estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean water.

As always, there will be many great breakout sessions to choose from, and new for this year is the Collaboration Cafe for small group discussions on the topics of the day. 

Another great option for portable wine has hit the Colorado market: Molly’s Spirits’ canned sparkling rosé. It’s a great option for when glass isn’t allowed or an outdoor adventure is at hand. Molly’s Rosé Bubbles is crafted in Oregon and boasts aromas of fresh strawberries, candied ginger and rose petals with flavors of raspberry, papaya and honeydew. The wine is available in recyclable 375-milliliter aluminum cans, meaning just two cans is the equivalent of an entire bottle of wine. Available while supplies last.

 

Denver-based Dazbog Coffee has delivered a taste of Russia and Colorado through its eye-catching packaging, branding, small-batch roasting and blending of hand-selected coffee from around the globe. Leonid and Anatoly Yuffa immigrated to The Mile High City from St. Petersburg, Russia with their family in 1979 and later combined their skill sets and business savvy to launch Dazbog Coffee in 1996. Today, the company has more than 30 coffee shops across Colorado and Wyoming and a product line with names like KGBlend and White Nights Espresso.

 

There is no denying the stunning daytime scenery of Colorado, but the state’s amazing celestial landscape after normal meeting hours provides all sorts of great options for groups.

Twice each month from May through September, groups meeting in Leadville or nearby can enjoy a stagecoach ride beneath a full moon with Halfmoon Packing & Outfitting. Based on the 19th-century tradition of mail delivery by stagecoach, moonlight rides are offered on the eve and night of the full moon.