The Taste of Colorado 2016 is free and, even better, it features some of the best food from around the city. It is one of the top food festivals in the region and one of Denver's biggest events, spanning four days in an outdoor venue within Civic Center Park in downtown Denver. Each year, the Taste of Colorado Denver Colorado visitors number hundreds of thousands, with recent years welcoming more than half a million strong. A wide range of kids activities, top music, and other festival attractions are each play a part in event.
Taste of Colorado History and Facts
Premiering as the Festival of Mountain and Plain in 1895, Taste of Colorado Denver organizers took the fair to a new level and made it one of the biggest Colorado events around. The focus aligns with the original mandate of Mardi Gras in New Orleans: to boost local confidence after the Silver Panic of 1893. For nine years, the Taste of Colorado survived, but eventually buckled under the pressure of low attendance. Fast forward to 1983 when the Denver Downtown Partnership reignited interest while re-producing the event within the original venue to celebrate the 16th Street Mall opening.
The Taste of Colorado defines food fanatic's dream festival: more than 50 booths dedicated to local food, seven stages for music, kids activities, interactive exhibits, carnival attractions, and local arts and crafts dealers. It is one of the premiere end-of-summer festivals featuring tons of attractions that feature a diverse array of cultures as well as the history and heritage of the west, all for free. Tickets are available for carnival rides, food, and drinks.
Directions to Taste of Colorado
Directions to Civic Center Park in Denver lead the way to the venue at 100 W 14th Ave Parkway, the corner of Broadway and Colfax. I-70 is the main route coming from either east or west while Highway 25 is the main route from north or south. Both highways converge at Globeville where valley Highway South/Highway 25 South is the next turn. Continue to Colfax Avenue West to Broadway and the park is on there, adjacent to the Colorado State Capital.
Lodging near Taste of Colorado
Downtown Denver hotels are ideal for the easy walking access provided to the food festival. The Taste of Colorado Denver Colorado hotels include the popular Sheraton and Hotel Monaco along with plenty of budget hotels to choose from. Be sure to keep an eye out for low weekend rates featured during the festival weekend.