Part of the reason I travel is food. I really want a fantastic culinary experience wherever I find myself. This month, I am in Colorado, and I decided to find five events that would tickle my fancy and taste buds, and leave me with fantastic summer food memories as I cruise out of Colorado and on to the next destination. There are more-than 100 events describing themselves as culinary, but only 5 seemed to be unique enough to make it worth the trek. If you’re in Colorado this month, or you live here, check out these events. Maybe I’ll see you there!
COLORADO BREWER’S RENDEZVOUS – SATURDAY, JULY 8, 2017, 1:00PM – 5:00PM – SALIDA, RIVERSIDE PARK
For the past 21 years, Salida Chamber of Commerce has hosted this fantastic festival in Historic Downtown. This year there are at least 79 Colorado breweries involved, with around 300 varieties of beer offered. If you travel with your dog, they’re not allowed inside the festival. I’m told there is doggie day care options available, though, so you don’t have to worry about leaving them home. Pouring starts at 1:00 p.m. and goes to 4:30 p.m. Salida is just a quick 2.5 hour trip south of Denver along breathtaking HWY 285, or west of Pueblo and Canon City, southwest of Colorado Springs. It looks like the perfect day-trip for a Colorado Summer!
BUFFALO BBQ WEEKEND – SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 15 & 16 – GRAND LAKE
I’m a sucker for a great barbecue, and for buffalo. It also happens to be the 70th Annual Buffalo Days, and it would appear there is a 5K run, carnival, and parade involved. I’m in it for the food, though. Well, maybe I’ll ride the Zipper. Sadly, the Grand Lake Chamber isn’t very forthcoming about the details. It looks interesting enough. Plus, it’s Grand Lake, one of the most beautiful spots in Colorado. Grand Lake is northwest from Denver, and depending how you go it’ll take you between 2 and 3 hours to get there. Google Maps gives you 3 different options. All of them are equally beautiful.
DELTARADO DAYS – TO SUNDAY, JULY 30,
It’s the 81st Annual Deltarado Days, and it kicks off on Thursday with a Farmer Rancher Luncheon. There’s a street dance on Friday night, car show, 5K around the lake, and a classic car show. I’m always curious about festival food. Sometimes it’s vendor-in-a-box and sometimes it’s locally sourced and chef’d. Not to mention that Delta is just north and a smidge east of the Umcompahgre Plateau, and if you’ve never seen the sun rise over the plateau, you owe it to yourself. Delta is a 4 or 5 hour drive west of Denver. Either route offers some culinary magic, and convenience store grease, along the way.
TAILS, TUNES & TASTES – THURSDAY, JULY 27, 6-9:00 P.M. – COLORADO SPRINGS, CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO
I love the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and mostly love Colorado Springs. This is the first time I’ve heard of Tails, Tunes & Tastes, and it looks like an amazing event. It’s perfect for date night, or to just wander with your beer and talk to the Rhinos. Sorry parents, you can’t take your kiddos. There promises to be food, live music, and alcoholic beverages. I’m curious enough to go. It says it’s under the stars, but it’s still pretty much daylight until at least 9 p.m. Still, what a great way to catch a sunset and mingle with other food and animal lovers. Colorado Springs in about 90 minutes south of Denver, and the zoo is nestled under Pikes Peak. The road gets a little boring after Castle Rock – though you might see some buffalo and mountain goats – but as soon as you see the Air Force Academy Chapel, it’s back to city life and maybe a flyby from the Air Force.
SLV BEAT THE HEAT BBQ, BREWS & CHILI CHALLENGE – JULY 28, 29 & 30 – ALAMOSA
This is a down & dirty barbecue and chili cook off, and it’s serious business! There’s a cash prize of $15,000 at stake. They also have bouncy houses and a mud holler to keep your kiddos busy. It’s totally worth the trip for ALL THE MEAT and the mud holler. The cornhole tournament starts Friday night, then you can get muddy first thing Saturday with the Hogwaller mud run. Tasting begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, and live music starts at 2 p.m. Here’s the schedule. There’s too many great things to list. Don’t forget to support the chili eating contest Saturday night (benefiting Building for America’s Bravest) and hop on the Rio Grande Sunday morning for a quick trip to the Fir Amphitheatre. Alamosa is almost 4 hours southwest of Denver, and both routes are incredible.
I hope you make it to these fantastic foodie events this month. Maybe I’ll see you there!
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