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A Labor Day Taste of Colorado


A Taste of Colorado is on my mind. Maybe it’s because I’m hungry. All I can think about is devouring a big, butter-slathered, Colorado-raised cob of corn as I circle Civic Center park, methodically planning an assault on the 50+ booths of food.

Taste is four day outdoor festival that is free to enter although they insist on making you pay for the food itself. That doesn’t seem to be holding anyone back: almost 500,000 people attend over the Labor Day weekend every year. The shindig is put on by and benefits the non-profit Downtown Denver Events, Inc. which produces community and cultural events.

Of course, it’s not all about the food. (It hurts me to write that last sentence but it’s true.) The event also features seven music stages, over 250 arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities and carnival rides, and interactive exhibits. Special features in 2009 will include the Colorado Mining Exhibit and a raptor exhibit. Music groups announced so far: Grand Funk Railroad, The Spinners, and Foghat.