Culinary festival returns to the Front Range |

Culinary festival returns to the Front Range

People mingle during a recent Taste of Colorado in Civic Center Park in Denver. This year's event takes place Friday through Monday in Denver.
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Festivalgoers can learn culinary secrets, enjoy gourmet dishes and savor offerings from some of the state’s favorite food establishments at the 30th annual A Taste of Colorado. The four-day, free admission, food, music and entertainment festival will take place this weekend in downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park.

The Albert Bartlett Culinary Showcase, presented by 630 KHOW and hosted by Pat Miller, “The Gabby Gourmet,” is located in the Fine Dining Area and features local and nationally renowned chefs offering tips and techniques that festival-goers can take home to their own kitchens. Food demonstrations range from chocolate-avocado mousse parfait from Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage’s Nicole Crane to blue crab and shrimp enchiladas topped with mole verde prepared by George Gastl of Que Bueno! Mexican Grille.

The Fine Dining Area will feature some of Denver’s most accomplished chefs and noted restaurants offering gourmet specialties in the park, from small portions to full meals. A few of the highlights include downtown staple The Broker Restaurant’s shrimp cocktail, prime rib sandwiches, wild game sausage sandwiches, bruschetta and banana bread pudding and a pulled pork sandwich, Beale Street smoked chicken and slaw, bourbon bread pudding or a combination plate of menu items from Southern Hospitality.

Classic festival favorites, including berry kabobs, turkey drumsticks, shaved ice, corn on the cob and funnel cakes will also be served throughout the event.

Other entertainment

In addition to the Access Health Colorado Main Stage, four other entertainment stages located throughout the Festival will serve up a continuous menu of music, including the KBCO World Class Rock Stage, the KYGO Country Stage and the Colorado Heritage Stage presented by Westword.

Festivalgoers can shop in more than 280 Marketplace booths for original arts and crafts, home and gift items, furniture, jewelry, imports and more. Fine Art in the Park will display original works in a variety of mediums created by artists from around the country. Shoppers also can explore the Home & Lifestyles area, which features a variety of exhibitors displaying products and services such as window installation, kitchen remodeling, cookware, basement refinishing and salons and spas.

There will be plenty of music, magic, clowns and puppets on the Comfort Dental KidzStage, and the KidZone features play equipment and hands-on craft activities. Kids and adults also can enjoy carnival rides and games Saturday through Monday.

In the Festival of Mountain and Plain area, families can learn about the state’s pioneer past, nature and the environment. Featured artisans will demonstrate Navajo weaving and culture, spinning, rug braiding, lace crocheting, felting and quilting, along with the popular blacksmith demonstration. At the Raptor Education Foundation exhibit, children can learn about birds, their environment and their interactions with humans.

For festival hours see accompanying schedule. For more information, visit or call (303) 295-6330.

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