Denver’s Taste of Colorado is huge food festival on Labor Day weekend

By Claudia Carbone

Denver’s annual Labor Day festival Taste of Colorado will be a culinary experience like never before. The four-day event begins Friday, Sept. 31 at 11:30 a.m. and runs through Monday, Sept. 3 until 8 p.m. Admission to the outdoor event at Civic Center Park is free.

In the early years, nothing more exciting than turkey legs, corn-on-the-cob and snow cones was to be found as “tastes.” This year, more than 50 Colorado eateries will offer everything from small portions to full meals at Civic Center Park. New this year is Amore Gelato, Damascus Grill, Gramma Dor’s Mexican Food, Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza and Joe’s Crab Shack. For a complete list of participating restaurants click here.

A highlight for foodies is the Albert Bartlett Culinary Showcase in the Fine Dining area. Here local and nationally renowned chefs will prepare specialties from their own kitchens. A few of those chefs include Micah Olson of The Broker Restaurant creating Eggplant Napoleon, Tyler Wiar of Elway’s Cherry Creek will reproduce his famous Colorado Lamb with Heirloom Tomato Ragout and Olathe Corn Polenta meal, and Mary Nguyen of Street Kitchen Asian Bistro will make her Pot Stickers with spicy dipping sauce. For a complete list and schedule of cooking demonstrations, click here.

Besides food, six entertainment stages will keep Civic Center Park rocking with live music from local and regional favorites like Hazel Miller, Cadillac Cowboys, Spin Doctors and Chris Daniels & The Kings. The complete lineup is here.

Kids will find their own section with carnival rides, games and activities. And more than 280 artisans will display and sell their wares at the marketplace.

The Taste of Colorado has been a Labor Day tradition for 29 years, signaling a close to summer and welcoming a new season. More than half a million people are expected to attend during the four days. For street closures, festival map and other logistical information, visit


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