Taste of Colorado heats up Labor Day weekend


Posted Wed, Sep 18, 2013

DENVER — For 30 years Coloradoans have made A Taste of Colorado four-day festival their Labor Day Weekend destination. The celebration offers more than 50 area food establishments, 280 marketplace artisans and vendors, six entertainment stages, and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and western heritage of the region.

It couldn’t come at more a perfect time in the summer with students going back to school, what better way to spend the last weekend of summer than hanging out with friends and family; riding rides, listening to music in the park, and of course tasting all the wonderful food Colorado has to offer.

Walking through the endless streets jam packed with tents and vendors show just how happy and proud the people of Colorado are to display their home grown recipes and handmade jewelry. The Taste of Colorado is such a huge festival, it’s easy to rub elbows with people that live as far as Vail and those who live right here in Denver.

There were more than 50 restaurants from savory barbeque to spicy Cajun food. Among the many vendors there were a few that had some odd meals. Bayou Bob’s Fried Alligator was something else. It had the crunchiest breading and the alligator was very juicy and tender on the inside. With that being the first time trying alligator, it’s a must to have again. And better yet, Bayou Bob’s is located in Denver. Of course everyone was walking around like the Renaissance made a comeback while they were munching on giant turkey legs.

The Good's giant turkey leg. (Photo by Kristina Vasquez)

The Good’s giant turkey leg. (Photo by Kristina Vasquez)

The festival circled around Civic Center Park where the Access Health Colorado main stage was located. Dennis Deyoung: the music of Styx, The Wild Feathers, Aaron Neville, Colton Dixon, MC Hammer, Casey James and America rocked the main stage and really set the mood for the festival. Each performance was fun and enjoyable and had all the attendees were tapping their feet and nodding their heads to the beat. The entertainment at the Taste of Colorado was amazing and there was something for all ages.

There was a Comfort Dental Kidzstage that featured so many fun acts from puppet shows to one clown circuses. Many carefree kids were running around with lions and dragons painted on their faces. The KidZone offered so many crafts and games like obstacle courses and zip lines. At one point some of the adults looked a bit jealous of the kids getting to zip line through civic park and bungy jump their days away.

Couple looks on at the Bungy Jump in the KidZone. (Photo by Kristina Vasquez)

Couple looks on at the Bungy Jump in the KidZone. (Photo by Kristina Vasquez)

The Taste of Colorado was phenomenal this year and had so much fun for the citizens of Colorado to look forward to next Labor Day weekend. Mark your calendars for Aug. 29- Sept. 1, 2014.



What: A Taste of Colorado

Where: Civic Center Park in Downtown Denver

When: Aug. 29- Sept. 1, 2014

Cost: Free Admission. 15 tickets for $10

Website: http://www.atasteofcolorado.com/

Info. Line: (303) 295-6330

About Kristina Vasquez

Kristina Vasquez is a Denver-area freelance writer.

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