Top Summer Food Festivals in Summit County, Colorado | SummitDaily.com

Top Summer Food Festivals in Summit County, Colorado

Special to The Daily: Carol Saade
Courtesy of AnnaVail Cheese

Summer in Colorado’s mountains is a time for adventuring, soaking up the sun and warmer weather and, most importantly, eating! Summit County hosts a variety of wonderful festivals and markets to celebrate delightful flavors and culinary creativity throughout this time of year. Here are the best delicious events happening in the county this summer.

Keystone Restaurant Week

Keystone Resort, CO

June 5-14, 2015

New this year, Keystone is hosting Restaurant Week in the River Run Village. All week long, there will be a variety of specials, sales and entertainment. The following restaurants will be offering specials at $20.15: Zuma Roadhouse, 9280’ Tap House, Inxpot, New Moon Café, Kickapoo Tavern, Bighorn Bistro, Pizza on the Run, Black Bear Grill, Luigis Pasta House, Keystone Ranch, River Course Grill, Snake River Saloon, Alpenglow Stube, Der Fondue Chessel, Haywood Café and Dos Locos.

Friday Farmers Markets

Dillon, CO

June 5 – September 18

Every Friday morning in downtown Dillon enjoy the harvests at one of the best farmers’ markets in the mountains. Over 90 vendors participate, premiering Colorado growers, specialty foods, flowers, artisans, textiles, jewelers and much more! This open-air market with beautiful views of the mountains takes place on Buffalo Street by Town Park between Lake Dillon Drive and LaBonte Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Colorado BBQ Challenge

Frisco, CO

June 18 – 20, 2015

Every year, Frisco Main Street transforms into BBQ heaven. For the 22nd annual Colorado BBQ Challenge, roughly 70 BBQers, including a handful of your favorite Summit County restaurants, will compete in various BBQ categories: pork, chicken, ribs, brisket, anything goes, barbecue sauce, side dish, salsa and dessert. Buy your Hogbacks, the festivals currency, and come hungry with friends to stroll through the festival — enjoying all the smells and sampling all the BBQ you can eat! This lively, fair-like atmosphere will also include Chef Demonstrations, pig races, a whiskey tour and a variety of live music.

Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour

Keystone Resort, CO

June 27 – 28, 2015

Mmmmmmm, bacon! If you are a bacon fanatic, this is the food fest for you. Keystone will serve over 3,000 lbs of bacon during the fifth annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour at the River Run Village. Celebrate bacon in every size and shape — from the classics like bacon wrapped jalapenos to the more creative options such as bacon ice cream and bacon s’mores. In addition to live music, other bacon-tastic happenings include Colorado’s Largest Bacon Bloody Mary Bar and free seminars at the Bacon Education Center. The Bacon Packages run from $20 to $50 ($25 to $55 at the door) or $4 a-la-carte.

Keystone Farmers Market

Keystone Resort, CO

Sundays, June 21 – September 6, 2015

Keystone’s Lakeside Village will host its first annual Farmers Market focusing on Colorado grown fruits and vegetables. Keystone Chefs will use produce from the market in true farm-to-table offerings. Chefs will also host weekly recipe demonstrations created from in-season produce, as well as educational presentations on high-altitude gardening, canning and cooking. The Farmers Market will run every Sunday from Father’s Day to Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Colorado Burger Summit

Copper Mountain, CO

July 25, 2015

New this year, Copper will host the Colorado Best Burger Summit. For $30, you get unlimited burgers and beers; general admission is free, and there will be live music. Restaurants will compete for the title of Colorado’s Best Burger. The winner will be invited to compete in the nationally televised ‘World Food Championships” in Kissimmee, Florida.

Taste of Keystone

Keystone Resort, CO

September 6, 2015

Come hungry for this open-air food fest at Keystone’s scenic Lakeside Village. This event will celebrate the cuisine from the specialty restaurants and talented chefs from around Keystone Resort. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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