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It’s official, Denver is a food town and has a bounty of food festivals to prove it. Whether you are looking for craft beer, local wine, culinary talent or local food companies, Denver has it. Below is a list of top food events in the state and Denver.

Colorado Small Town Food Festivals

From the start of summer in June through October’s first frost, the state of Colorado is ripe with small town food festivals. It’s here you will meet the farmers that grow local fruits and vegetables and raise Colorado lamb and beef. Paonia cherries in June, Olathe corn and Palisades peaches in August are just a few of the sweet food festivals in Colorado’s small towns.

Cinco de Mayo Festival and Parade
Civic Center Park
Broadway and Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 534-8342

Date: May 4-5, 2013

Cinco de Mayo in Denver has become a city-wide celebration of Latino and Hispanic culture. The two-day event is in honor of a battle on May 5, 1862 between the Mexican town of Puebla and the French Army, where Mexico gained its freedom from European rule. Today, Cinco de Mayo in Denver is an opportunity to celebrate the food and culture of Colorado’s growing Latino and Hispanic culture. For food lovers, it’s a a paradise of green chiles, tortillas and traditional Mexican fare. A highlight is the green chili bowl cookoff on May 4. Denver’s Cinco de Mayo is produced by NEWSED, whose mission is to “promote and develop economic, community programs and projects that raise the income, educational and political levels of West Denver residents.

Colorado Urban Winefest
Infinity Park
4599 E. Tennessee Ave.
Glendale, CO 80246
(970) 464-0111

Date: June 8, 2013

Colorado Urban Wine Fest is the brainchild of CAVE, Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology, a trade group of local wineries and wine experts that support local wine. The festival, now in its second year, includes Colorado wineries, educational seminars, chef demonstrations, local food vendors and live entertainment. The event is a great opportunity to meet the wine markers and get more familiar with Colorado wine. You would be surprised by how good our state’s wines can be. General admission tickets to the festival are $40, which includes free samples from all participating Colorado wineries. Wine is also available to buy by the glass, bottle or case for onsite consumption or to take home.

Greek Festival
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
4610 E. Alameda Ave,
Denver, CO 80246
(303) 388-9314

Date: June 14-16, 2013

Denver’s annual Greek Festival is your chance to live like a Greek, at least for the weekend. It’s a Greek food fete, including the church ladies lunches, Greek restaurant vendors, as well as dancers from the Helenic Academy. It’s authentically Greek, like no other festival in Denver. This year, the food includes spanakopita (spinach between buttery filo), pastitsio pasta with rich bechamel and meat sauce and ,of course, honey-soaked baklava. Proceeds from the food, libations and Greek arts and crafts benefit the Bonfils Blood Center, Denver Children’s Home and Families First.

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Summer Brew Fest
2027 W. Lower Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80204

Date: July 26, 2013

With more than 45 craft beers and as a many as 125 beers, there is something you will like at Summer Brew Fest. Colorado’s reputation for craft beer makes this event a must-attend. Live music and local food round out the event. The Brew Fest benefits Swallow Hill Music Association, for large community instruction of folk, blues, bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, world, roots and dance.

Taste of Colorado
Civic Center Park
Broadway and Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 295-6330

Date: August 30 through September 2, 2013

Taste of Colorado is one of Denver’s biggest food events, with more than 50 restaurants represented. The Culinary Showcase, in the fine dining area, features tips and talks from local and nationally known chefs. Dine to music on numerous stages set up throughout the festival and bring money to shop the arts and crafts vendors. There are rides and games for the kids, as well as historical presentations about Colorado’s early history.

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Kimberly Lord Stewart is a food author and journalist for CBS Denver local, Organic Food Reporter for Examiner.com, and the Food, Wine and Spirits editor for Denver Life magazine. Her book, “Eating Between the Lines” tells readers about the truth and myths of food labeling. Stewart is the recipient of two Association of Food Journalist awards for food news reporting and the Jessie Neal Business Journalism award. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.