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A Taste of Colorado Dominates Labor Day Weekend in Denver

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A Taste of Colorado - Labor Day Weekend
Join over 500,000 Coloradoans on Labor Day Weekend at Denver's Civic Center Park for A Taste of Colorado. Photo Courtesy of AMagill

That mind-blowing, gut-busting, Food-Music-Crafts-Family outdoor extravaganza known as Festival of Mountain and Plain … A Taste of Colorado is just around the corner.

Held during the Labor Day Weekend, Friday, September 3rd to Monday, September 6th, this annual “no admission fee” festival is held in Civic Center. It is projected that over 500,000 Coloradoans will enjoy tasty fare from over 50 food vendors, peruse craft offerings from nearly 250 artisans and vendors, view artistic and musical entertainment on multiple stages, and participate in diverse cultural and educational programs.

When the topic of A Taste of Colorado comes up during conversation, the first thing that comes to mind is ….Food. Wonderful, eclectic establishments showing off their best dishes for the price of a few tickets. Unlike a typical street food festival, there will be a Fine Dining area along with cooking demonstrations. In addition to the expected gigantic turkey legs and over representation of chain eateries, you will find local restaurants like Argyll’s, Little India’s, and The Broker preparing delicious dishes that can be devoured on the go. For example, last year you could choose from unique eats like Fried Alligator, Buffalo Beer Bratwurst, Saag Paneer, and Cactus. If you are over 21, you can also indulge in an alcoholic beverage. Don’t forget to bring your cash. The festival is free, but the food is not.

Tickets must be used to purchase food and beverages. A strip of 8 tickets can be purchased for $5. Cash is accepted at all Denver Post ticket booths. Checks and credit cards are not accepted. ATMs are located throughout the Festival grounds.

Enjoying a turkey leg outdoors.
The require turkey leg can be enjoyed along with more upscale fare

Last year, you could have rubbed shoulders with Keegan Gerhard of Food Network Challenge , Top Chef: New York winner Hosea Rosenberg or a myriad of other local chef who either competed in challenges or presented a cooking demo. Beware, if you have an appetite, normal or hearty, you may want to actually eat before you go. Complaints abound year after year about the chintzy portions provided by some vendors. Don’t expect to pig out at a bargain price. Remember, it is “A” Taste of Colorado, not Downtown Denver Labor Day Buffet.

If you think that food is the only thing A Taste of Colorado has to offer, you have obviously been misinformed. During the four day festival a total of five stages featuring national, regional, and local artists will have something for everyone’s musical taste. This years Main Stage brings major national talent to Civic Center Park.  Indie swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Guitarist Dave Mason (founding member of Traffic), Santana and Journey co-founder Gregg Rollie,and legendary R&B group The Four Tops are all scheduled to entertain. And there’s no need to wait for Rock of Love 3 or the next Celebrity Apprentice; 80s Hair Metal legend Brett Michaels will be headlining on Sunday.

This popular Labor Day tradition is the largest in the Rocky Mountain region and can be fairly crowded and adjacent streets will be blocked off, so parking is very limited. Why not consider taking public transportation to downtown Denver? While A Taste of Colorado is free and open to the general public, be sure to read more about what you can and cannot do or bring to Civic Center Park.