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2017 COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 2017
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

(see also: 2016  -  2015  -  2014  -  2013  -  2011  -  2010)

August 25-September 4, 2017  Colorado State Fair - Pueblo, Colorado


 

September 1-4, 2017
A Taste of Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Celebrating its 34th year as the state’s largest free-admission outdoor event, A Taste of Colorado draws more than 500,000 visitors annually. Five entertainment stages include national, local, and ethnic music in a variety of genres, children’s performers, and much more. Festivalgoers also can try a variety of culinary delights from more than 50 of Colorado’s favorite food establishments, including a culinary showcase. Plus, visitors can enjoy the offerings of more than 275 marketplace artisans and vendors, as well as educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and Western heritage of the region.  Festival of Mountain and Plain … A Taste of Colorado is a community celebration that is produced by and benefits Downtown Denver Events, Inc., the Downtown Denver Partnership family’s community events nonprofit organization. The Festival is an opportunity for people throughout the region to come together to experience and appreciate our diverse cultural traditions, and to learn more about our state’s Western heritage. The Festival highlights visual and performing arts in addition to featuring educational programs and culinary demonstrations.  Attendance: 500,000.

September 2, 2017 - Keystone’s Oktoberfest - Keystone, Colorado
Kicks up your heels and raise a stein with Colorado-brewed Oktoberfest beers, oompah bands and German fare that will make your mouth water!  Kids will love the chicken dancing as well as free face painting, a bounce house and performances from the Edelweiss Polka Dancers. Parents will love the Colorado craft beers that draw from German roots.  Track down some lederhosen and train up for the Das Bier Burner 5K that kicks off the day at 12pm.  The trophy for crossing the finish line is a pint of Oktoberfest bier.  As an added bonus the River Run Village stores and shops are getting in the spirit and having an Oktoberfest Tent Sale that day so treat yourself to an end of summer goodie from one of the many unique shops.

 

September 2-3, 2017
Oktoberfest
Beaver Creek, Colorado
Beaver Creek's 18th annual Oktoberfest returns with foot stompin' oom-pah-pah music, unbeatable beer and wunderbar wurst! Enjoy complimentary live entertainment in Beaver Creek Plaza all weekend and be sure to take advantage of great lodging packages for the event. It’s the perfect time to be outdoors and hike, bike, play a round of golf and celebrate Oktoberfest in Beaver Creek.

September 2-4, 2017  107th Annual Trinidad Round-Up
Trinidad, Colorado
Festivities include parade, livestock show & sale, street dance, barbecue, parade and breakfast.

September 8-9, 2017  Pork 'N' Hops - Grand Junction, Colorado
Sample the region's best barbecue and brews while enjoying live music, entertainment, and other events.  Also featuring professional & amateur BBQ competitions in a variety of categories.

September 9, 2017  9th Annual Brighton Chili Fest - Brighton, Colorado
(Formerly Denver Chili Fest).  The ultimate celebration of the green chile harvest  is returning to Brighton. Fire up your skillets and your pallets! Cash prizes and recognition for the winners of an amateur recipe competition. Prizes for original recipes using green chiles. Entries will be judged on creativity, appearance and of course, taste.

September 9, 2017  Town of Superior Chili Fest - Superior, Colorado
Back for the 17th year, Chili Fest will feature great music, great chili samples and food, local vendors, a FREE Kids Zone area (Zip Line, Quad Trampoline, Jumpy Castles) and more!  Please note that chili samples are generously provided by the cooks and are distributed first come-first served. Get there early as the samples always go fast. Chili tasting cups will be available for purchase - Individuals pay $5 for six tasting cups, families pay $10 for twelve. BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR for $5 you may purchase a reusable chili tasting cup with attached spoon – eat all the chili you want and take home the commemorative cup! The event will also feature a "People's Choice" competition between eight of the best local restaurants!

September 9, 2017  Lafayette Brew Fest - Lafayette, Colorado
Explore craft/micro beers one pour at a time!  Wine For Sale!  Restaurant & Food Booths!  Live Music.

September 9, 2017  Chili and Beer Festival
Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado
Kick off your fall season the right way at the 19th consecutive Mt. Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival held at the base of the Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  Sample locally made chilis, sip some of Colorado’s finest craft beer, and enjoy some great tunes from great bands.

September 9, 2017  Annual Big Chili Cook-Off - Evergreen, Colorado
Volunteer firefighters from six mountain area fire districts will be the beneficiaries of the Annual Big Chili Cook-off.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m. to live music, over 100 chilies, an art show, children’s area, and refreshments until 6 p.m.  A firefighters’ challenge and tribute highlight the event.

September 9, 2017 - Artists-Crafters-Foodies Fair - Brighton, Colorado
Three fairs in one.  Check out the beautiful art, creative crafts, and culinary delights of our Artists, Crafters and Foodies.  There is plenty of parking for this indoor event that is set in the very pretty Adams County Regional Park Complex.  Please come spend a relaxing day shopping this affordable fair.

September 9, 2017  12th Annual Downtown Chili Challenge
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Come sample traditional & unique chili recipes and vote for your favorite.  Live music, children's activities, plus salsa and cornbread competitions, make this a wholesome activity for Buckaroos of all ages.  To participate as a chili competitor, visit the website for the Registration Form.

September 9, 2017  San Luis Valley Potato Festival
Monte Vista, Colorado
Celebrate the Colorado Potato Harvest! Colorado Potatoes hosts the annual San Luis Valley Potato Festival in beautiful Monte Vista, CO! This year will be the Festival's 10th Anniversary! Enjoy a day of family friendly activities with food, crafts, contests, and music. The day will start at Chapman Park with festival activities and end at Ski Hi Park for more food and a concert.

September 13, 2017 - Food Fight! - Englewood, Colorado
The Scleroderma Foundation - Rocky Mountain Chapter is excited to throw the premier foodie event in Denver. Food Fight! is a food competition between Denver's top chefs.  The chefs will compete in three categories: appetizer, main course, and dessert. The evening will be full of great eats, sips, and opportunities to mingle. Raising funds and awareness to fight Scleroderma disease, the event will be held at the BAC Appliance Center in Englewood, CO. from 6-9pm.

September 14-17, 2017 - Colorado Mountain Winefest
Palisade, Colorado
Take in all that Colorado Winefest has to offer from food and wine pairings, chocolate and wine tastings, educational seminars and more.  The “Festival in the Park” is the state’s largest and oldest wine festival featuring dozens of Colorado wineries, live music, a grape stomp, chef demonstrations & seminars.

September 15-16, 2017  Annual Snowmass Wine Festival
Snowmass Village, Colorado
Join us for this year’s extraordinary four-course wine dinner “California Dreamin’” prepared by chef Will Nolan of the Viceroy Snowmass. Explore the distinct wine growing regions of California with featured wine growing experts, and join us for a spirited Live Auction.  Price is discounted at $135 per person. This amazing dinner sells out every year, so we recommend getting tickets early. Have a group you want to dine with, buy a table of eight or ten. The menu will be coming soon!  Not to be missed, the Grand Tasting offers a wide array of the world’s top wines as well as cuisine from the Valley’s favorite restaurants. Enjoy music by DJ Boogie Down Light & Sound and take part in the Silent Auction filled with tempting items from local shops and restaurants, acclaimed wines and fine artwork.  Funds raised are allocated to non-profit organizations across the Roaring Fork Valley, charitable organizations worldwide, and for Basalt High School Senior scholarships.

September 15-17, 2017  24th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
Telluride, Colorado
The festival is a three-day celebration of music and microbrews, held in Telluride Town Park, an outdoor music venue with breathtaking mountains for a backdrop.

September 16, 2017  Lake City Uncorked Wine & Music Festival
Lake City, Colorado
Good food, good wine, good music under the fall aspen leaves in historic Lake City, Colorado -- featuring six regional bands. Variety of wines for tasting; SKA Brewing beer booth; unique food & artisan vendors.

September 22-24, 2017  23rd Annual Loaf ‘N Jug Chile & Frijoles Festival - Pueblo, Colorado
The festival celebrates the harvest of the Mira Sol Chile, transforming downtown into an outdoor party highlighted by music, arts & crafts, cooking competitions, and chiles, chiles, chiles.  (also: http://festival.pueblochamber.org/ )  Attendance: 100,000.

September 23, 2017  9th Annual Fall Harvest Brewfest
Fort Collins, Colorado
We’re looking forward to fall and another season to celebrate this beautiful and bountiful time of year with your favorite brews, music, food and exaltation of all things canine.  To help you find your inner beer enthusiast, you will find over 35 breweries, micro-distilleries and craft beer-inspired local food pairings.  Benefiting the Animal House Rescue.

September 23, 2017  Manitou Springs Heritage Brew Festival
Manitou Springs, Colorado
Bands, Brew, and Manitou!!  The 3rd Annual Manitou Springs Heritage Brew Festival from 12-5pm at Memorial Park.  VIP entry at Noon. The event is sponsored by the Manitou Springs Heritage Center and the City of Manitou Springs. All proceeds will benefit the Manitou Springs Heritage Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Come in and see our “Manitou Bottles and Bottling Plants” featuring the Ute Chief Gusher Bottle, “Manitou Railroads” featuring the Cog Railway and “Van Briggle-The Manitou Connection” exhibits!  25 LOCAL BREWERS, 5 BANDS, FOOD AND FUN!

September 29-October 7, 2017  9th Annual Denver Beer Fest
Denver, Colorado
Featuring more than 100 beer related events at area breweries, restaurants, tap houses and attractions. From beer tastings to firkin tappings, events include beer bike nights, midnight beer breakfasts, beer paired dinners, brewery tours, brewer vs brewer competitions, meet the brewer nights, tap takeovers, beer quizzes, and even a beer street party with bands, brews and food trucks.
 

 

2016 COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 17-18, 2016  Sugar Beet Days - Sterling, Colorado

September 19, 2016 - Taste the Wild Workshop - Boulder, Colorado
Bristol Bay is home to the greatest wild sockeye salmon run on earth, and Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon is a delicious, high-quality food that chefs can feel great about cooking with. Join chef Kelly Whitaker, owner of Basta and Chefs Collaborative Boulder/Denver Local Leader, at the Food Lab in Boulder for a hands-on Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Workshop!  During the 3-hour workshop, chef Kelly and seafood experts will cover where, how, and why to source and cook with wild, sustainable Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon. You’ll learn techniques for sourcing, cooking, and serving wild sockeye year-round and get to meet with fishermen from Bristol Bay. Participants will walk away from the workshop having experienced the unique taste of Bristol Bay Sockeye salmon, and prepared to speak to the incredible story of this pristine resource.  Space is limited and the workshop is FREE for chefs and food professionals.
 

 

2015 COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 12-13, 2015  Fermentation Festival & Market
Denver, Colorado
Come explore the unique world of fermented food and beverages! From beer, bread and cheese to kimchi, kombucha and kvass, the unique flavors produced by fermentation are diverse and exciting. Don't miss this opportunity to sample and learn about the exotic and unknown as well as the familiar favorites! Visit the website to purchase tickets or find out more about the educational seminars, participating vendors, and the first annual pickle toss!
 

 

2014 COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 2014
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 27, 2014  Mead Sugar Beet Festival - Mead, Colorado
Celebrates the harvest of sugar beets and the importance of sugar beet farming to the community.
 

 

2013 COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 14, 2013  Georgetown Dutch Oven Cook-Off
Georgetown, Colorado
The 4th annual Cook-Off will be located in downtown Georgetown, featuring live music, a beer & bratwurst garden, and kids' activities. Tastings of Miner's Stew, High Country Bread, and Rocky Mountain Cobbler begin at 1pm.
 

 

2011 COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 2011
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 22, 2011  A Saucy Affair - Glendale, Colorado
With an array of unique small plates and decadent sauces from more than 15 of Denver's finest restaurants, 500 guests will taste and vote for their favorite sauce.   Enjoy top-notch beverages and music.  Proceeds support 9Health Fair, Colorado's largest non-profit, volunteer run health fair program.
 

 

2010 COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 2010
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

September 10, 2010  Passport to Pagosa Wine and Food Festival
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Sample wines from all over the southwestern region with great food from our local restaurants. This is during our Colorfest weekend including our Hot Air Balloon Rally; Band, Brews from 20 microbreweries; Balloon Glow; and the most spectacular mountain scenery.

 

 

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