The first ever Roasters Rendezvous Coffee Festival was a “phenomenal success” said Riverton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Davis.
The September 7-8 event drew roughly 250 people according to Davis who said, they went into it thinking they’d “be happy if 50-100 people showed up.”
The event featured coffee samples, workshops, demonstrations, vendors, and live entertainment. A kickoff party was held at Riverton’s Bar 10 with coffee themed cocktails, and the Riverton Farmer’s Market set up outside of the bar on Broadway.
Ten different coffee roasters attended the event. Nine from Wyoming, and one from Idaho.
“People raved about it,” said Davis who is already looking ahead to another event in 2019. “We know it’s going to continue to grow.” He noted that people came from all across Wyoming, and he spoke with folks from Colorado, Montana, and Utah.
Event organizer Amanda Gaudern agreed with Davis’ assessment, “Roasters Rendezvous definitely exceeded our expectations for its first year. The sentiment from the roasters, vendors, and attendees was all wildly positive!”
Gaudern said she’s looking forward to the event again next year, as it continues to grow, “we had a lot of support from the local community as well as all the roasters. Several have already expressed their excitement for next year. This will definitely be an annual event and we already have new ideas in the works for 2019. We’re thankful for the community’s support of this unique event. Couldn’t have done it without the Chamber, our local hotels (Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn and Wind River Hotel), County 10 and Wind River Radio Network, and the Riverton Jaycees. For our first year, we focused our efforts on statewide attendance. Next year we’ll be branching out and inviting roasters from surrounding states.”
Tastings and classes were held inside of the Central Wyoming College Intertribal Center. Event organizers say they’re looking into different areas of the CWC campus to host events next year, as they expect it to expand.
Roasters on hand from Pine Coffee Supply Company in Pinedale, Wyoming told us that this was likely the first event of its kind in Wyoming.
Organizers confirmed they are looking at the same time frame of “early September” for next year’s festivities.