Summer is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than to attend one of Colorado’s many food festivals!
There are a lot of things to do in Colorado Springs, Denver, and around the state over the next few months. We’ve narrowed this list to our favorite food festivals and celebrations and have added a link at the end for even more.
Most of these events require advance ticketing, so be sure you plan ahead! And as always, our food tours in downtown Colorado Springs occur every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Come see us, too!
1. Taste of Fort Collins (Fort Collins)
Fri, June 9-Sun, Jun 11 – $20 per person (3-day pass) | Civic Center Park, Fort Collins
Food, drink, and music galore are what make up the annual Taste of Fort Collins! Dozens of local food trucks such as the Mile High Lobster Shack, Gunter’s Bavarian Grill, and The Waffle Lab will line-up for what will be a food and drink frenzy. Perhaps the biggest draw of this community festival is the headlining bands, which include the Gin Blossoms, Plain White T’s, St. Lucia, and Waterloo Revival. This event benefits the Eyeopeners Kiwanis Club of Fort Collins Foundation. Military personnel and children 12 and under are free until 3pm daily.
2. Vail Craft Beer Classic (Vail)
Fri, June 16-Sun, June 18 – $30-$195 per person | Vail Village and Surrounding Area
Grab dad and celebrate Father’s Day weekend in one of Colorado’s most beautiful mountain towns. This festival is perfect for those who love combining craft beer with the adventure of the outdoors. Don’t miss the Classic Kickoff Celebration presented by the Colorado Brewers Guild on Friday night featuring BBQ and craft beer. On Saturday, attend the main tasting event called the Toast of Vail, which features a large variety of tastings, in-depth seminars with award winning brewmasters, and is followed by a free live outdoor concert featuring Head for the Hills and Gipsy Moon. There is a lot to see and do, so check out their schedule of events!
3. The Big Eat (Denver)
Thurs, July 13 – 6pm-9pm – $65 per person | The Galleria, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Nosh on creations from 70 of Denver’s hottest restaurants and bars all under one canopy. The restaurant scene in our urban state capitol is exploding! Sample food and beverages from local favorites including Snooze, Bistro Vendôme, Comida, and many more. This event marks the opening of Denver’s Slow Food Nations weekend (July 14-16), which celebrates the art of eating with a series of events including concerts, gardening and cooking demonstrations, author talks, and a marketplace featuring 100 Slow Food producers.
4. Castle Rock Winefest (Castle Rock)
Sat, July 15 – 2pm-8pm – $29 per person | Butterfield Crossing Park
Visit the up-and-coming town of Castle Rock just 20 minutes south of Denver for an afternoon of wine and dancing. More than two dozen wineries will offer over 180 varieties of Colorado wine. Throughout the park, enjoy cooking demonstrations, art vendors, tasty treats from food trucks, and a live local band. Go home with a free wine bottle tote and wine glass if you’re one of the first 2,000 visitors!
5. Fiddles Vittles and Vino (Colorado Springs)
Sat, July 30 – 3pm-8:30pm – $45 for Early Bird | Rock Ledge Ranch
Enjoy a leisure afternoon at the historic Rock Ledge Ranch nestled against the majestic Garden of the Gods. Fiddles Vittles and Vino is a fundraising effort benefitting the ranch’s agricultural programs and is spearheaded by a group of local chefs. Bring your chairs and blankets to create your own personal picnic area as you visit the various wine and food tasting stations and listen to several local bands. Local favorites will be represented such as Odyssey Gastropub, Springs Orleans, and Front Range Barbeque.
6. Estes Park Wine Festival (Estes Park)
Sat, Aug 12-Sun, Aug 13 – $30 (pre-sale) | Bond Park, Downtown Estes Park
Over 20 wineries from around the state will come together for this tasting and dining experience set in the mountains. Enjoy live entertainment from local talent as well as delicious food from Colorado-based vendors. Don’t miss this third annual event (tip: we hear you can get a free ticket if you sign up as a volunteer!).
7. 19th Annual Greek Festival (Colorado Springs)
Sat, Aug 19-Sun, Aug 20 | Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church
Celebrate the vibrant Greek culture by attending a long-standing festival in Colorado Springs. They’ll be plenty of spanakopita and orzo to go around! Learn Greek dances from a professional at one of six sessions held at various times throughout the weekend. This event is hosted by the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church and is open to the community. Opa!
8. A Taste of Colorado (Denver)
Fri, Sept 1-Mon, Sept 4 (Labor Day Weekend) – Free Admission | Civic Center Park, Downtown Denver
A Taste of Colorado is arguably Denver’s oldest food festival with ties to the 1895 “Festival of Mountain and Plain.” Today, this massive open-air food fest attracts more than 500,000 annually. Not only can festivalgoers enjoy a variety of music played from six entertainment stages, they can also peruse 275 marketplace artisans and learn about our region’s Western heritage, all for free! Enjoy food from over 50 culinary establishments by exchanging tickets, sold in strips of 15 for $10 (cash only). Relish the final days of summer!
9. Denver Food and Wine Festival – Grand Tasting (Denver)
Sat, Sept 9 – 1pm-4pm – $125-$250 per person | Pepsi Center Grounds
The Grand Tasting is the culmination event of the six-day culinary extravaganza known as the Denver Food and Wine Festival (DF+WF). The event features award winning chefs, mixologists, and wine professionals for an all-you-can-eat celebration. 40 Of Denver’s top restaurants will prepare tasty bites from their menu that will be expertly paired with over 700 wine and spirits. General admission tickets are $125 per person (1pm–4pm), First Tasting tickets are $165 per person (noon-4pm), and VIP Tasting and Lounge Access tickets are $250 per person (noon-4pm). As a bonus, every event attendee with leave with a Riedel wine glass!
10. Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival (Pueblo)
Fri, Sept 22-Sun, Sept 24 – $3 per person | Union Avenue Historic District
To wrap up the summer season, attend the hottest event in all of Colorado! This annual event celebrates the harvest of the Mira Sol Chile grown in Pueblo. Let the sweet and savory smell of roasted peppers tempt your senses as you join the celebration. From mild to wildly hot, everyone will find a pepper just right for them, and there are countless recipes to take home. This festival is hosted by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce.
Here in Colorado, you are surrounded by a lot of other foodies and drink connoisseurs! There are many ways to celebrate this summer, and we’re happy to refer you to a list of even more festivals and events.
Have a fun and memorable summer eating with your friends and family. Cheers to you!