Food and Drink FestivalsDenver is packed with food and drink festivals year-round. From culinary delights to original microbrews, there's always something to look forward to.
A Taste of Colorado
WHEN: Sept. 2-5, 2016
WHERE: Civic Center Park
The weekend-long food-lovers' delight known as A Taste of Colorado returns to downtown Denver's Civic Center Park over Labor Day weekend. The food fest features more than 50 of Colorado's favorite dining establishments, offering sample- and full-sized portions of their specialties. You'll find everything from the finest, fanciest food to down-home specialties. All in all you'll enjoy the offerings of more than 50 area food establishments, 275 marketplace artisans and vendors, six entertainment stages, family activities, educational programs and more. Admission is free, and food tickets start at $10.
Denver Food + Wine Festival
WHEN: Sept. 6-11, 2016
WHERE: Downtown Denver
The Denver Food + Wine Festival is a multi-day extravaganza of food, wine and spirits education, promotion and tastings. Through a series of events, the festival aims to highlight industry impact, promote workforce development and celebrate Denver as a culinary destination.
WHEN: Sept. 10-11, 2016
WHERE: Belmar, Lakewood
Festival Italiano is known for serving up the region's best selection of homemade Italian specialties for guests as well as an artisan marketplace, live entertainment and chef tastings surrounding the festival dining booths. This free celebration features live music on two stages, chef demonstrations, wine tastings, kids activities (grape stomping!), a bocce tournament and flag throwers flown in from Italy for the weekend.
WHEN: Sept. 23-25 & Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016
WHERE: Between 20th and 22nd streets on Larimer Street
Celebrate German heritage at one of the city's longest running festivals. Oktoberfest Denver is one of the largest beer festivals in the United States and features music and dance performances, food and family-friendly activities like the Long Dog Derby, a race that determines Denver's fastest dachshunds.
Great American Beer Festival® and Denver Beer Fest
WHEN: Oct. 6-8, 2016 (GABF®) & Sept. 30-Oct. 8, 2016 (Denver Beer Fest)
WHERE: Colorado Convention Center and various locations throughout the city
For beer aficionados, there's no bigger event all year. More than 60,000 beer enthusiasts from around the world attend the Great American Beer Festival®. The GABF® is enormous, covering 188,000 square feet of the Colorado Convention Center. And it is all about sampling. Visitors enjoy one-ounce beer samples from the festival's 750-plus breweries, which come from all over the country, giving beer drinkers a walking tour of the nation's beer-blessed landscape. The brewers themselves staff many of the booths. If you love beer, don't miss this event. Tying in perfectly with GABF® is Denver Beer Fest, a citywide celebration of all things beer in The Mile High City. Some 300 tastings, tours, beer-food dinner pairings, brewery talks and more are scheduled.
Denver International Wine Festival
WHEN: Nov. 2-4, 2016
WHERE: Westin Denver International Airport Hotel
The Denver International Wine Festival at the Westin Denver International Airport Hotel is a celebration of wine, cuisine and travel. Proprietors and winemakers from around the world will present more than 400 wines for your discerning palate. No matter if you're a dyed-in-the-wool oenophile or a newbie to the world of wine, this is yet another can't-miss Denver event.
WHEN: 2017 event TBD
WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Now in its fourth year, there's no beer festival quite like Collaboration Fest where breweries from around the world team up with Colorado breweries to create unique beers that are only available for one day.