Colorado meals, beer and wine festivals for this summer season


Summer cocktails are served at the Heritage Fire in Snowmass. (Max Flatow Photography, courtesy of Heritage Fire)

Food festivals are back with a vengeance this summer. To help you plan your season, we’ve put together a full line-up – from July to September – of events to get your fill of local beer, wine and produce.

Some parties pick up exactly where they left off before 2020, others have adapted to the times and changed formats. We’re particularly excited about the revamped A Taste of Colorado coming out towards the end of the season. It will fill downtown Denver with street art, local food, and live performances – and what a welcome revitalization.

There are a dozen food, wine, and beer festivals here, from Denver to the Western Slope and Mountains.

Blues & BBQ, Denver (July 17th)

This music and barbecue festival, which benefits Habitat for Humanity, costs $ 10 (although $ 100 gives you access to the VIP area with food, craft beer, and wine). Once there, you can have a picnic from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and enjoy live performances in the park

Citizen Park, 5560 W. 24th Ave., Edgewater, bluesnbbq.com

Crested Butte Wine & Food (July 19-25)

This annual fundraiser for the Crested Butte Center for the Arts includes a week of wine nights, seminars, and tastings for attendees who pay between $ 325 and $ 2,500 to attend multiple events. For the cheapest “tasting pass”, participants get access to educational seminars as well as to the reserve and the large tasting. Starting this month, single tickets for events are also available.

606 6th St., Crested Butte, cbwineandfood.org

Chris Buirge of Highlands Ranch (left) and his wife Kristy taste beers at Summer Brew Fest at Mile High Station on Friday, July 23, 2010. (Hyoung Chang / The Denver Post)

Summer Brew Fest, Denver (July 24th)

Revelers at this bi-annual festival get unlimited beer tastings for $ 35 to $ 65 per person. You can choose between a day, evening or VIP session, the latter with local food. The ticket cost goes to the Swallow Hill Music Association, and live performances include The River Arkansas and Elder Grown bands.

Mile High Station, 2027 W. Lower Colfax Ave., Denver, brewfestevents.com

Chefs participating in Heritage Fire create dishes with whole animals that are cooked over an open flame. (Max Flatow Photography, courtesy of Heritage Fire)

Heritage Fire, Snowmass (July 31)

Chefs from all over Colorado gather at this one-day event to grill whole pigs, goats, rabbits and other animals from the traditional breed over an open fire and create signature dishes from each. Festival goers pay $ 99 to $ 150, including all food, plus beer, wine, and liquor, and access to up close and personal slaughter and fire cooking.

Base Village, Snowmass, cochon555.com

Cherry Creek North Food & Wine, Denver (August 11-14)

The four-day celebration at the neighborhood restaurant includes wine dinners, cooking demonstrations, oyster shell classes, and more interactive events, with a percentage of the proceeds going to Food for Thought Denver. Attendees pay $ 45 to $ 240 for a variety of events, including a community dinner in the square and grand tastings.

Various participating venues, Cherry Creek, ccnfoodandwine.com

Vail Classic Wine (August 12-15)

Wine dinner, grand tastings, a hike followed by a wine-paired lunch – all in the scenic Vail Valley. Classic attendees pay $ 65 to $ 225 for individual events. A full-day pass takes you to one-by-one tastings.

Sports Fields and Other Venues, Vail, vailwineclassic.com

Giant turkey legs will be cooked at The Goods during Taste of Colorado in the Civic Center in 2017. The multi-day festival features music, food, games and attractions. (Daniel Brenner, Denver Post special)

A Taste of Colorado, Denver (September 4-6)

The popular Labor Day weekend festival spreads across downtown Denver in 2021, featuring local food trucks, street vendors, and restaurants. Artists will be creating murals for the event and bands will perform live over the three day weekend.

Several streets in downtown Denver, atasteofcolorado.com

Food & Wine Classic attendees wait in line to attend a tasting and demonstration at the annual Aspen event. (Josie Küster, The Denver Post)

Food & Wine Classic, Aspen (September 10-12)

See and be seen at this annual retreat for foodies and wine lovers from across the United States with celebrity chefs and exclusive parties. Tickets are not cheap (and sold out for now). But you can always schedule a visit during the festival and experience the mountain town on its voracious weekend.

Anywhere in downtown Aspen, classic.foodandwine.com

Breckenridge Classic Wine (September 16-18)

More than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries and other manufacturers will be presented in this mountain village over a weekend full of lunches, seminars and tastings. Tickets range from $ 99 to $ 199, and the more expensive option gives you back-to-back wine tastings.

Multiple venues around Breckenridge, breckenridgewineclassic.com

Colorado Mountain Winefest, Palisade (September 18-19)

Experience Colorado’s wine country at its best with this two-day festival of tastings, dinner, demos, seminars and live music. Tickets for the Saturday tasting are already sold out, but wine lovers can still get seats on Sunday. General admission is $ 75 and includes a souvenir jar and tote bag with access to unlimited tastings.

Riverbend Park, 451 Pendleton St., Palisade, coloradowinefest.com

Telluride Wine Festival (and Autumn Classic) (September 23-26)

Now in its 40th year, this four-day festival has everything you would expect, including vintage cars, motorcycles, and airplanes to admire against the backdrop of the San Juan Mountains. Tickets range from $ 100 to $ 1,700 – the more modest admission fees allow access to four hours of unlimited food, wine, sparkling wine, beer, and spirits.

Stadtpark, Telluride, telluridewinefestival.com

Julio Sanchez from Musso’s Fire Roasted Pueblo Chiles invites you to roast chillies on September 23, 2016 at the 22nd annual Chile and Frijoles Festival. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival (September 24-26)

A true Colorado classic, this festival is also one of the more accessible activities of the season, with a $ 5 entry fee for live entertainment, food vendors, cooking contests, and of course all pueblo chile. You’ll pick some of the best native plants in the state, but stick around for jalapeño food, the Chihuahua Parade, and other adorable events.

Union Avenue, historic downtown Pueblo, festival.pueblochamber.org

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