With three distinct growing regions, Colorado farms produce wide-ranging regional specialties. Throughout the state, summer is the time to pay homage to these diverse local foods and and people who produce them. Here is an abbreviated list of Colorado food festivals that you might enjoy!
Pine Grove Rhubarb Festival
When: June 8th
Where: Pine, CO
This year was the 32nd Rhubarb festival, whose proceeds go to support the Pine Elk Creek Improvement Association and the North Fork Fire Department. Celebrate this delicious spring vegetable with an all-you-can eat pancake breakfast, a rhubarb bake-off, a parade, and more!
You can learn more here.
When: June 21st-23rd
Where: Glenwood Springs, CO
Enjoy fresh free strawberries all weekend at this annual event! If that’s not enough for you, Strawberry Days also boasts an Arts and Crafts fair, live music and entertainment, a parade, food vendors, and a whole host of kid-friendly activities. We love that they strive to be a zero-waste event! Check out their website.
Slow Food Nations
When: July 19th-21st
Where: Denver, CO
A shameless plug for Slow Food’s one-of-a-kind international food festival! A mixture of pop-ups, workshops, speakers, and other events revolve around this year’s theme Where Tradition Meets Innovation. Come join the conversation, sample foods from some of our favorite producers, and have fun with other families and community members. More information here.
Olathe Sweet Corn Festival
When: August 3rd
Where: Olathe, CO
You’ll be sure to get your fill with the all-day sweet corn eating contests at this festival! Additionally, Olathe celebrates the summer season with a live music line-up, vendors, and activities for the whole family. You must purchase tickets in advance for this one! Learn more here.
The Palisade Peach Festival
When: August 15th-18th
Where: Palisade, CO
Pay tribute to one of Colorado’s most well-known and well-loved regional specialties: the peach! With peach-related vendors, a peach eating contest, peach cuisine, the peach pit bar, and peach orchard tours, this festival stays true to theme. They also offer live music, family-friendly activities, and Feasts in the Fields—multi-course meals created by local chefs celebrating Palisade’s foodshed. You can find more information, and tickets, here.
Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival
When: September 20th-22nd
Where: Pueblo, CO
Join the thousands of people each year who come together to celebrate the end of summer by honoring the Pueblo Chile! This festival features cook-offs, live music and entertainment, street vendors, and more, all accompanied with the flavorful smells of roasting chiles. To learn more and purchase tickets, check out their website.
Do you have a favorite Colorado food festival? How do you plan on celebrating Colorado’s regional specialties this summer? Let us know in the comments.